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Review 5306: Owner, Isabella Apartment Padova Residence (#224438)
Studio apartment in Padua, Veneto
April 28 to May 12, 2012, 2 weeks
Apartment Isabella is centrally located on via Daniele Manin which is part of the medieval center of Padua. One end of Manin flows into Piazza delle Erbe, which is a large daily fruit and vegetable market; the other end of this short street flows into a main street where one gets the bus. Daniele Manin is a pedestrian area within walking distance of all major sites.
Everything you need is within walking distance. Fruits and vegetables are in the Piazza delle Erbe, all types of specialty foods and wines are on the first floor of the Palazzo della Ragione, which is adjacent to Piazza delle Erbe. On via Daniele Manin there is a take-out delicatessen with excellent foods. Pam supermarket, upscale clothing stores, pharmacies and trattorie of every price range are all nearby. The train station is a 20 minute walk, or the bus on the corner will take you there.
The owners lived in this building before renovating it into three apartments of various sizes.
The Isabella apartment is a two room flat on the first floor (our second). Upon entering the apartment, there is a small hall leading into the main room. This is a combination living room/bedroom which is quite large (22x26 feet). It was the placement of furniture and accessories, plus the coordination of colors that gave us the sense of uncluttered elegance. Nothing seemed out of place. The furnishings were of a quality you don't expect to find in the average rental apt.
The owner is a contemporary artist whose work graces the white walls. The bed is king sized and has a good firm mattress. Above the bed is a stunning large painting of two vibrant roses. It was just beautiful. The lighting, to either read in bed or on one of the two couches, is excellent. A desk, bureau drawer and wardrobe, entertainment center complete the room. WiFi is also offered. The apartment faces via Daniele Mainin and has three large windows which allows light to flood in. The room felt airy and light.
There is no garden, but looking out the large windows provided us with good views.
The furnishings were excellent and of a good quality. The entire apartment was immaculate. If you looked for dust, you couldn't find it.
The bathroom was off the kitchen and closed off by a pocket door. The room, which was tiled, consisted of a shower stall and sink. A full sized washing machine was next to the sink. A door separated the toilet and bidet from the shower area. Ample towels were provided.
The kitchen had a nice wood table with four chairs. There was a four burner stove and full sized oven, microwave, refrigerator, good cooking utensils plus ample dinner and glassware. The quality was excellent; no chips or dents anywhere. Everything you would use in your own kitchen was here. A table top was under the kitchen window. With such good access to the markets we cooked every night and never lacked any equipment.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was how lovely this apartment was. Plus having WiFi was a bonus.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We found this place through VRBO and wrote directly to Isabella. She was very accommodating and the reviews from previous renters were so positive that we had no qualms about renting. The price is €700 per week but as we stayed for two weeks, Isabella gave us a discount.
Isabella is a warm, friendly person who speaks good English. We loved her painting in the kitchen and upon tell her of our appreciation, we were invited to the studio to see her paintings and glass jewelry.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would go back to this apartment tomorrow if we could, but may have to settle for another visit in two years. It's a beautiful apartment in a wonderful city.
Things to do in this area
We walked everywhere but there were buses available to take you wherever you wanted to go. We went to Padua University, Caffe Pedrocchi, the Baptistry and the Scrovegni Chapel. The Basilica of Sant Antonio was also magnificent. There are interesting museums and contemporary art shops everywhere.
What also fascinated us was that after the markets closed around 3pm, the area was cleaned and all the cafes and trattoria brought out their tables and chairs. Usually there are musicians of all types (we heard string quartets, jazz, trumpet players, singers) entertain while people socialized, eat and drank. It was a pleasant way to spend an evening.
Further on, we went to Venice, which was 30 minutes by train. Many other towns were accessible by train. Padua is so central that it becomes a perfect base for exploration.
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