Timing for Scrovegni Chapel tickets

Apr 23rd, 2016, 11:50 AM
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Timing for Scrovegni Chapel tickets

Hello all. We’re going to Verona soon and I want to book our tickets for the Chapel for a Monday (I know that the nearby museum and art gallery are closed on Monday). We also want to see the Basilica of St Anthony and the medicinal gardens at the University. These are my questions:

I see a 10:00 train leaving Verona, arrives at Padua at 10:42. I think it’s about a 10 - 15 minute walk to the chapel, and I understand that we need to be there ahead of time. I wanted to book the 11:45 slot, but it’s already full.

Should I book the 11:30, or the noon? I’d like to have a nice lunch afterwards, and am not certain what time places close (or fill up, for that matter). Or should we go to the University/Basilica first, and see the chapel on the way home.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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Apr 23rd, 2016, 01:19 PM
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I think you would make the 11.30. It's quick walk to the chapel and never huge lines.
Your visit is very short anyway, you see a presentation before entry (this is compulsory) and you're inside the chapel for just 20 minutes.
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Apr 23rd, 2016, 03:21 PM
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I think that train is Frecciarosa and it is more likely to be on time than an R train. You would probably make it. There are other consideration, however. If you are going to St. Anthony, then you would probably need to use a city transit. Last fall, each tram/bus ride was €1.30 and all day pass was €3.80. I was planning to ride tram from the station to St. Anthony, St. Anthony to Eremitani to pickup the Scrovegni ticket, then lunch in the downtown, then Eremitani to station = 3 rides. So I bought a day pass at transit kiosk right outside the station. There was a line for ticket window, but I noticed the line went by a ticket machine so I bought day pass using cash wondering why everyone else was waiting in line to the ticket window.

When I got to the Eremitani museum where you pickup your pre-reserved ticket to the Scrovegni chapel for the afternoon, there was a slot for us in 6 minutes, so I had my reservation moved up from the afternoon, quickly dropped our bag in the locker, and walked to the waiting area. We still had few minutes to wait until they let people into a climate control pre-area to watch the video.

We had a lunch near Piazza delle Erbe. The earliest we could get in was 12:15. The restaurant got full around 1:00 pm. For the 11 am Scrovegni visit, we were done and walked to the restaurant by 11:45am, made a reservation and looked around the Piazza until the opening time at 12:15pm.

The guidebooks were not precise in describing exactly where the ticket office was located.

Here is the GPS coordinate of where I entered the property: 45.410927, 11.878891

Here is the GPS coordinate of the ticket office entrance: 45.410957, 11.879526
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Apr 23rd, 2016, 07:11 PM
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Bring binoculars or opera glasses.

There are some really nice shops in Padova.

Remember to validate your ticket in the yellow machines before you get on any train.

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Apr 23rd, 2016, 07:29 PM
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Thanks all!

Thin, what kind of stores? the final four days of our trip, we are overnighting in Verona and seeing Padua and Vicenza in addition to Verona. If there are some special places you know to shop, that would be great. Usually we look for small gifts, jewelry, things like that. Not so much clothing, other than scarves.
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Apr 23rd, 2016, 09:18 PM
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Pepper - the Trenitalia machines are not yellow. They are green.

Binoculars/opera glasses are not permitted in the chapel - and am not sure why you would need binoculars when the boardwalk inside the Scrovegni chapel takes you about two metres away from the artwork on the walls. You are also not permitted to take anything inside except a wallet. No phones/cameras/handbags/purses are allowed. These are all checked in prior to moving to the video viewing area.
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Apr 24th, 2016, 06:23 PM
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rdvRkB7E-sY

There you go, Einstein.


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Apr 24th, 2016, 08:48 PM
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Okay 'Einstein' - if you see the date of that Youtube video it is 2010.
Not sure when you were last in Italy 'Einstein' but the machines changed to green in 2013.

Do you really have to be so insufferably rude?
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Apr 24th, 2016, 08:50 PM
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Scroll down - these are the green machines.

http://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm#Travel tips
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Apr 24th, 2016, 08:55 PM
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http://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm#Travel tips

Try again - link is here - as Seat61 says - the machines are green and the photo shows that.
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Which colour has this dress?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/catesish/hel...lue#.bmwadqmWk
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Apr 25th, 2016, 01:12 PM
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What on earth is your point traveller1959?
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Apr 25th, 2016, 05:58 PM
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THIN- what kind of shops are there in Padua? I'm thinking of day trip from Florence, and shopping is a priority.

Grazie!
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Apr 26th, 2016, 08:24 PM
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In Padova, around Piazza delle Erbe where I spent some time walking, the stores provided necessities for the locals. What I liked most about Padova was the lack of tour groups, or tourists in general. You get to experience an Italian city not skewed to serve mostly the tourists. Here the stores close for several hours in the afternoon.

If you come to Padova from Florence or Venice, you feel you want to spend more time there, away from the flag waving tour groups, drinking Zabaione Standahl at Caffe Pedrocchi watching Italians going on their daily ways.
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Jan 29th, 2017, 07:57 PM
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It’s been a while, but in case someone is wondering how it turned out, we were fine. As others said, it only takes about 10 minutes to walk from the train station to the chapel. You go into another building first, then when it’s your time, you go over to the chapel for a short video and acclimation.

The chapel is absolutely beautiful, and well worth the time. We had lunch after, which was ok, and later a coffee at Petrocchi, which was wonderful. There were some very interesting stores in Padua, including one where we bought our son a wooden bow tie - which he liked a lot!
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