Many people consider the frescoes in the 14th century Cappella degli Scrovegni to be one of the masterpieces of European art, and the main reason for visiting Padua.
The chapel is architecturally simple and unadorned except for three marble altar statues by Giovanni Pisano and the series of frescoes by Giotto lining its walls. It tells the story of the Virgin through the annunciation, nativity, crucifixion and resurrection, and was intended to inspire worshippers with Christ's sacrifice and mankind’s salvation. Even if you're not an expert, the works are quite extraordinary.
Visits are restricted, and special air-conditioning has been installed to protect these important works.