Padova is world-famous for its important historical, cultural and artistic heritage: it is in fact the city of 'frescoes' that recently received its second UNESCO seal for Padua Urbs picta and the precious 'Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles', after the world's oldest university Botanical Garden. Padova, the city of Giotto, Petrarch, Mantegna, Palladio and Galileo, is climbing the rankings among the most chosen cities for international congresses, particularly medical and scientific ones, also thanks to the prestigious University of Padova (the fifth oldest university in the world and still one of the most important) and a state-of-the-art Hospital. Located in the centre of the Veneto region, it is connected by the main fast infrastructure networks: high-speed trains, motorway network, three airports within a short distance, Venice being the closest.
Padova Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMO Padova Consortium) was established in 2011 with the aim of promoting the Meeting Industry and Leisure tourism in Padova and its surroundings. Moreover, it has the function of coordinating the offer and collaborating in the creation of valuable products. The organization offers a wide range of services, such as national and international promotional initiatives and participation in trade fairs and events; high added-value services to meeting and event organizers; support in realizing national and international bids. Its company structure includes the Chamber of Commerce of Padova, the main Trade Associations, the Tourism Promotion Consortia and Padova Hall (Fiera di Padova). It can also boast a large network of local affiliates specialized in the MICE segment, such as hotels, conference centres, historical villas, event venues, DMC and PCO, transport services, catering, technical and audio-video services, interpreting, hostesses and much more.