HOW TO REACH PADOVA
INFN Unit in Padova is located in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Padova University, in 8 Marzolo street, near the railway station and bus headstop (15 minutes on foot), and the centre of Padova.
Padova is one of the cultural and economic centers in the Northeast of Italy, in Veneto region, 40 kilometers far from Venice.
Reaching Padova by PLANE
The nearest airport is the Marco Polo Airport in Venezia (Venice), 40 kilometers east of Padova; it is the third in importance in Italy, and conveniently linked with all major European airports. Other airports near Padova are in Treviso, Verona and Bologna; but the transfer from there to Padova is not an easy one.
Coming from overseas, look for a connecting flight reaching Venezia from Roma (Rome) or some other convenient European airport, like e.g. London Heathrow, Frankfurt am Main or Paris Charles De Gaulle. On the contrary, avoid flying to Milano (Milan): from Milano, you have a bus ride of about 1 hour after the customs in order to reach the railway station; and then a 2 or 3 hours ride by train to Padova.
From the Venezia airport you can choose:
Reaching Padova by TRAIN
Padova is both on the Venezia-Milano-Torino and on the Venezia-Roma railways; many trains are available. This is the website.
First and second class are available; for fast trains a supplement is required, and in some cases a seat reservation is mandatory: so, specify which train you are going to board when asking for a ticket. All tickets (both round-trip and one way) have a validity of 2 months; before boarding the train, it is mandatory to validate them by using the yellow machines located on the platforms and throughout the station: penalties are applied to the infringers.
The Department of Physics is within walking distance (10-15 minutes) from the railroad station. See the map.
Further information can be found here: http://www.pd.infn.it/main/getEN.html