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Review 2546: Owner, Beavita

www.beavita.info

Recommended
Review by Charles W. from CA

2bed/1bath apartment in Padova, Veneto


When

July 2006, 1 week

Location

Beavita is a two bedroom, one bath, apartment in a neighborhood just outside the ancient walls of Padova. Entrance into the old city is through the Porta Santa Croce on the southeast part of the wall. The center of town, the area of the Piazza delle Erbe, is about a two mile walk from the apartment. The train station is approximately two and one-half miles. Finding the apartment for the first time visitor is difficult, but fortunately Laura & Enrico met us at the autostrada exit and led us the rest of the way. Parking is on another street, a block away, in an area that gave me no concerns about leaving the vehicle overnight.

Nearby Amenities

There is a supermercato nearby and a delightful pasticceria, Celso, where we had coffee most mornings. There are many restaurants in the old city.

The House/Apartment

The apartment is up two easy flights of stairs. The photos on the website are a faithful representation of the apartment, which has been remodeled with new appliances, bathroom fixtures, and tile. The windows are large and provide good lighting and a feeling of openness. The furnishings are basic, but more than adequate. The kitchen is furnished with most everything one needs for cooking for four persons – more would be a challenge. There is no dishwasher, however there is a clothes washer, which we made good use of. A drying rack is provided which worked nicely.

The master bedroom is large with good storage for clothes. The second bedroom has two twin beds and is smaller with less clothes storage. The bathroom is nicely appointed with a good shower. There is no air conditioning, but with a small fan and the windows open, it was comfortable for sleeping with daytime temperatures in the mid 80’s. We were surprised to learn from Laura (who speaks English) that we were the first renters who were not from Italy. The neighborhood consists mostly of middle class homes with people who are happy to say “buon giorno.”

Garden

No outside area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

see above

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

see above

Kitchen

see above

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I can recommend Beavita for those who like to walk as you will surely do if you make trips to the attractions in Padova. If you prefer to bike around the city, Laura will lend you a couple of bikes. If you are using Beavita as a base for visiting other attractions in the area by auto, as we did, be prepared to get lost often as the routes in and out of town to places like Vicenza and the villas by Palladio are confusing and down right frustrating.

Venezia is a 30 minute train ride. Verona is less than an hour by train. Beavita is a great place to stay for travelers who want to lodge away from the tourist areas and experience everyday urban life as the Italians do. And as you get away from the tourist areas, you will find making the effort to speak some Italian makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

Things to do in this area

see above

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