Did you know that Padua is littered with street art? I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the genre. I mean, I don’t like graffiti for example. And I always prefer visiting a must-see landmark rather than doing street art sightseeing. But… I really enjoy street art in Padua. Some of the works give me joy while I stroll in town, or make me think. As a result, now I’m fond of many of them. Since many of you asked me more info (all the resources are in Italian), I decided to write this post, collecting my favourites. I’m not going to attach all the photos here, but at the bottom of the article there’s the map with all the spots and photos, so that you can take a look.
Street art in Padua
He is the most famous street artist in town. The cover of this article is a photo of his work along via Nazario Sauro (next to Piazza dei Signori). My favourite is one of his most recent works though. Its title is Chi ama non dorme, Those who love do not sleep. You can see it along via Manin, direction Piazza Duomo.
I also like the one below, located slightly outside of the city centre (via Trasea). There, you will also see a giant bus (by artist Zagor) on the facade of a building.
Below, the butterfly maker, along via Roma.
Or the one along via San Pietro (after the crossing with via Patriarcato, direction south).
While this one always gives me the chills. It always lead me to overthink about my life, some regrets… I have a few, like Frank Sinatra. The writing in fact says: Is this the life you’ve been dreaming of?
This one is Matteo’s favourite, because it refers to Future Boy Conan by Miyazaki. It depicts the lovely Lana, sadly ruined by some writings. Location: Piazza Castello.
I also like the saxophone player. Along via Sanmicheli, direction Piazzale Pontecorvo, there’s a small parking lot on the left. There you can find it.
I love his colorful, bright works, in which man and nature melt. One of the most impressive is the huge wall near Chiesa del Carmine, in piazzetta Bussolin.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram, may already know this one. It’s located along the street (via Savonarola) that leads to my hair salon. Since one of the charachters holds scissors, I always take a selfie there after my hair cut.
This one adorns the sides of the Pediatric oncology unit, Padua’s Hospital.
Tony Gallo has also decorated the cute café along the river bank (Bassanello area), called Pier88.
The works by Alessio B are quite poetic. They’re probably the ones who gives me more joy when I see them. While the other two artists have a melancholic substrate. The girl with butterfly heart is along via Pietro d’Abano, next to Piazza della Frutta.
This one is inside the back courtyard of an institute along via Santa Maria in Vanzo, not far from Prato della Valle.
You can find Dream in Piazzetta Bussolin, near the Tony Gallo huge wall. But you have to explore the porticos.
This one is at the beginning of via Rogati, along via Umberto I. Pity it is a bit ruined by writings.
Well, I hope you liked these artworks. I invite you to browse the map below to see the others.
Street art in Padua Map
If you’re eager to see more, you can take a look to the incredible map by Anna Zielo. It includes all the works, also those in the province. You can find it here: https://ilpensieroviaggiatore.com/mappa-streetart-padova/#mappa