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.
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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
Basilica del Santo
Basilica di Santa Giustina
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel al Cason. Very 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 Padova. This 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.
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.
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.