Padova – Art, culture, science, spirituality and…tennis blend in a unique Italian mix

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN 2017 Padova Challenge Open

From 06/12 to 06/18

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Canottieri Padova – Via Polveriera 3/G, 35142 Padova, Italy

How to get: Circolo Canottieri Padova is far about 8 km from Central Station (20 minutes driving). You could use U05 bus from Ferrovia Corsia 3 to get in a about 30 minutes. Padova is just 30 minutes by train from Venice, and about 50 km from Venice Marco Polo Intl Airport.

Past champions: 2016 Shilin Xu – 2015  Paula Ormachea – 2014 Louisa Chirico – 2013 Irina Khromacheva – 2012 Anna Lena Friesdam

Entry list: Katarzyna Piter (Pol) – Mayo Hibi (Jpn) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Victoria Rodriguez (Mex) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Ajla Tomljanovic (Cro) – Catalina Pella (Arg) – Cristiana Ferrando (Ita)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Katarzyna Piter

THE TOWN:  Padova is a city in Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. Its population is 214,000 (as of 2011). It hosts the University of Padova, founded in 1222, where Galileo Galilei was a lecturer. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat.

For Lonely Planet :Though under an hour from Venice, Padua seems a world away with its medieval marketplaces, Fascist-era facades and hip student population. As a medieval city-state and home to Italy’s second-oldest university, Padua challenged both Venice and Verona for regional hegemony. A series of extraordinary fresco cycles recalls this golden age – including in Giotto’s remarkable Cappella degli Scrovegni, Menabuoi’s heavenly gathering in the Baptistry and Titian’s St Anthony in the Scoletta del Santo. For the next few centuries Padua and Verona challenged each other for dominance over the Veneto plains. But Venice finally settled the matter by occupying Padua permanently in 1405.As a strategic military-industrial centre, Padua became a parade ground for Mussolini speeches, an Allied bombing target and a secret Italian Resistance hub (at its university).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cappella degli Scrovegni

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  • Basilica del Santo

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  • Basilica di Santa Giustina

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel al CasonVery good *** hotel rated 8 on Booking situated at 5 minutes from central station, this clean and friendly structure offers spacious rooms with free WiFi access and air conditioning. Prices for a double room start from 76€ per day with breakfast and free cancellation included.
  • Hotel Patavium. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,6 on Booking and located at just 5 minutes walking from Cappella degli Scrovegni, if features free parking  and wifi for guests and elegant rooms with hardwood floor and private terraces.  A comfort double room costs 120€ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • Best Western Premier Hotel Galileo PadovaThis wonderful **** hotel is on the banks of the Piovego River, next to Giotto Shopping Center. It provides free parking, spacious rooms, and a modern spa with an indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the property. Ristorante Venezia serves a mix of local and international dishes, and Café Galileo provides light meals and drinks throughout the day. Superb value for money! A modern 30 mq2 studio costs just 94€ per night (optional breakfast at 4€ per person). Rated 8,5 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Padova Official Site

Your Hotel in Padova

 

Enjoy another beautiful Tennis Trip in Italy!

 

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Santa Margherita di Pula – Last tennist beach days in Sardinia

THE TOURNAMENT

Date: From 10/10 to 16/10

Money prize: $ 25,000

Category: ITF Women

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Tournament Location: ForteVillage Tennis Club Asd – S.Margherita di Pula s.s. 195 km 39,600 SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA 09010 Italy

General information: ForteVillage resort is far less than 50 km from Cagliari Airport (45 minutes driving).

Top Seeded Players: Cindy Burger (Ned) – Nina Stojanovic (Srb) – Daniela Seguel (Chi) – Tamara Zidanesk (Slo) – Jessica Pieri (Ita) – Martina Trevisan (Ita) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Jill Teichmann (Svi) – Sherazad Reix (Fra) – Anastasyia Komardina (Rus)

TOP THREE PLACES CLOSE PULA:

  • CHIA BEACH


  • TUERREDDA


  • GROTTE IS ZUDDAS



BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Marin Hotel. Very good *** hotel  located in the heart of Santa Margherita di Pula, this accomodation has been rated 8.6 on Booking. A comfortable standard room with little balcony costs 100€ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.
  • Hotel Costa dei Fiori. Amazing **** hotel located on the beach of Pula this accomodation features two wonderful outdoor pool with sea water. Rated 8.4 on booking, it offers superior double room at 131€ per night breakfast included. Free wifi and parking are available for customers.
  • ForteVillage Resort – Il Castello. Luxurious and exsclusive ***** beachside resort situated on the sea. This hotel includes an acquatic Park, a tennis club (where tournament will take place), fitness area, 21 restaurants and much more and more. The price is for a few people. In low season a superior double room costs 820€ per night in half board.

USEFUL LINKS:

FORTEVILLAGE OFFICIAL

PULA ON DISCOVER SARDINIA

ACCOMODATIONS

ENJOY!!!!

Sofia – Tennis trip in the cheapest European capital

THE TOURNAMENT:  Itf Allianz Cup

Date: From 05/9 to 11/9

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay – Outdoor

Tennis Club: Levski Sofia Tennis Club – Borissova Gradina, 1164 Sofia

How to arrive: Tennis club is quite centrally located (about 2 km from Old Town) and is far from Airport 10 km (15 minutes by car or taxi).

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Elena Bogdan (Rou) – 2014 Andreea Mitu (Rou) – 2013 Patricia Mayr (Aut) – 2012 Andreea Mitu (Rou)

Top Seeded Players: Isabela Shinikova (Bul) – Victoriya Tomova (Bul) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Valentini Grammatikopoulou (Gre) – Tereza Mredeza (Cro) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Jessica Pieri (Ita)

TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN SOFIA:

  • ALEKSANDR NEVSKIJ CATEDRAL

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  • STONE RIVER (VITOSHA NATIONAL PARK)

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  • BOYANA WATERFALL (VITOSHA NATIONAL PARK)

BOYANA WATERFALL

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Budapest Hotel. *** hotel just 5 minutes from central station – Rated 8.8 on Booking. Prices from 49€ to 59€ (depending if breakfast included or not) for a 18mq2 standard double room.
  • Best Western Premier Thracia Hotel. ****  superb hotel – Directly located in Sofia’s city cenre. Rated 9.00 on Booking. Prices from 85€ to 99€ with breakfast always included.
  • Grand Hotel Sofia. Wonderful ***** luxury hotel  in the heart of Sofia and 22 minutes walking from Sofia Tennis Club. Rated 9.1 on Booking offers an executive double room of 60 mq2 from 193€ to 211€. Breakfast cost 16€ more but you will receive for free a one way airport transfer.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT SOFIA

SOFIA GUIDE

TENNIS CLUB AND TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Mamaia – Tennis on the Most Famous Rumenian Beach

THE TOURNAMENT:

PRO CIRCUIT MAMAIA IDU TROPHY COMVEX

Host City: Mamaia (Constanta), Romania

Tennis club: Club Sportiv Mamaia Idu

Date: 29 August – 4 September

Category: ITF woman international

Money prize: 25,000 USD

Surface: Clay

Main players attended: Cristina Dinu, Fiona Ferro, Jessica Pieri, Alexandra Cadantu, Nadia Podoroska, Tereza Mrdeza

How to arrive: Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport is located 26 km from Constanta. Is possible to arrive from Bucarest Otopeni by bus or train.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS:

  • Telegondola


  • Constanta Cazino


  • Constanta Delfinariu


BEST HOTELS:

  1. Budget – Hotel Albatros Mamaia. *** stars hotel. Prices from 40€ to 50€ per night without breakfast.
  2. Medium –Hotel Splendid. **** stars hotel. Prices from 82€ to 92€ per night with breakfast. Half board for 6€ more daily for person. Number one hotel for Tripadvisor customers.
  3. Luxurious –Vega Hotel. ***** resort hotel directly on beach. Prices from 190€ to 230€ half board included. Number 3 hotel on Tripadvisor.

USEFUL LINKS:

ALL CONSTANTA ACCOMODATIONS

CONSTANTA TOURISM

TENNIS CLUB IDU OFFICIAL SITE

Enjoy!!!