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Review 3189: Owner, Beavita


Review by Charles H. from NY

2bed/1bath apartment in Padova, Veneto


18-31 October 2007, 13 days


We were a party of three non-Italian-speaking Americans in their 60s from New York and Massachusetts. We found the city of Padua delightful and non-intimidating, and the Beavita apartment quite congenial and convenient. The living-dining room was spacious and light, and the kitchen well-equipped and comfortable even for two people to working at once.

The Ali supermarket is within easy walking distance; we bought most of our food there. The bus to the center of town was easy to use, economical and frequent, although on nice days we often walked. One of us rode the bicycle, supplied by Laura and Enrico, everywhere; Padua is flat, with many bicycle lanes, and bicyclists of all ages.

Beavita is in a pleasant residential neighborhood, close to the Prata della Valle, where there were interesting flea markets on the weekends. We stayed about two weeks, and used Padua as a base for side trips by train to Verona and Bologna, and by rental car to the beautiful Euganie hills south of the city and the enormous monthly flea market at Piazza sul Brente to the north. At Laura and Enrico's suggestion we watched the video they supplied about the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel. It prepared us much better for these landmark artworks than the Chapel's own introductory presentation. We enjoyed walking around the markets in the town center, and watching the raucous, bawdy post-graduation rituals of Padua University. Enrico and Laura were very gracious hosts, answering our questions and helping us with our transportation. They even met us on the train platform on our way in.

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