The Nomination


Padova Urbs picta is the expression that identifies the peculiarity of the city as the world capital of fresco painting of the fourteenth century. Indeed, the nomination of Padova Urbs picta to the UNESCO World Heritage List concerns the Scrovegni Chapel and the pictorial cycles of the 14th century. Not a single place, therefore, but a set of realities: a challenge, since there are no similar applications and awards in the history of UNESCO.

Padova Urbs picta presents eight unique places, which tell the story of 14th century Padua starting from an undisputed masterpiece such as Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel frescoes. Different realities, public and private, secular and religious, united together to continue to preserve, protect, enhance and promote a historical and artistic heritage born of human ingenuity in order to be able to deliver it intact to future generations all over the world.


“Padova Urbs picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the fourteenth-century pictorial cycles ” took shape and was enriched over the years by the contribution of different subjects and important partnerships, until at the end of last year, the Italian National Commission for UNESCO has designated as an Italian candidate for the World Heritage List for 2020.



Ideas Roundtables

The process of applying to the World Heritage List involves actively the communities of the concerned places. Padova Urbs picta Nomination process has therefore been enriched with the “Ideas Roundtables”, themed meetings with citizens and local associations.

Four are the macro-themes identified in the first phase of the “Ideas Roundtables”, more than 200 people participated to the workshop about Research and Conservation, Training and Education, Communication and Promotion, Exploitation and Exploitation, contributing their own suggestions and projects.