As one of the best universities in Italy, the University of Padova is located in the city of Padova. Founded in 1222, the university was a law school and one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. As the second oldest university in Italy, the university is also the fifth oldest in the world. In 2016, the university was ranked as the Best University in Italy’s agency of higher education. In 2018, the university was recognized as the best university in Italy by the ARWU rankings.