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Padova luxury rental, stunning apartment in the centre of the city

Francesca Papafava

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Francesca Papafava

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2015
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Padova luxury rental, stunning apartment in the centre of the city

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


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History and traditions in a holiday apartment in Padova for 2 people

Totally renewed in the past few months, this ground floor apartment ideal for 2 people in Padova is part of the Papafava dei Carraresi Palace, descendent of the rulers of Padova in the 14th century. The living room and the bedroom are facing the spacious courtyard, and are flooded with light. The kitchen and the bathroom have both a large window facing Via Marsala, which is a central secondary road with very little traffic. You can have your meals in the spacious living room or more cozily in the kitchen. The living room has a comfortable double sofa bed in case you need some extra sleeps. The apartment has 2 accesses, one through the main entrance hall of the palace and the second one through a back courtyard with a big palm tree, here, upon request a car park is available for the guests of this apartment for rent in Padova.

The Papafava dei Carraresi palace was designed by the architect Gianbattista Novello and built in the second half of the 18th century, it is located in the very centre of Padova and today it is divided into different properties. This apartment still belong to a member of the Papafava dei Carraresi family and it is called Mezzà, because in Venetian dialect it means half and even if its ceilings are 3 m high it is only half of the reception room's ceilings of the second floor, it used to be the site for the administration of the estates and properties of the Papafava dei Carraresi family.

This holiday apartment in Padova is located in the hart of the centre of Padova, the area has limited traffic access, but it is very well served by public transportation and taxi. Moreover from this apartment for rent in Padova you can reach by foot Piazza Duomo, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza delle Erbe, these, together wit Prato della Valle, are the main squares in Padua and they are only few minutes walk away from the apartment. Here you can enjoy moment or total relax, and taste typical Venetian food or sip a glass of wine in the many restaurants, bars, trattorias and wine bars that in the good season are equipped with tables and chairs in the open air.

The rail way station is very easy to reach, by foot it takes 20 minutes and if you like to use public transportation the bus stop is at 4 minute walk from the apartment. From Padova you can easily reach both by car or by train the most beautiful cities of art Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Ferrara, Bologna and many others.

If you like to reach your holiday apartment in Padua by car please advise because I need to have your plate in order to have a special permission from the local police to let you drive in the centre of the city. The apartment has a dedicated car park available in the court yard of the Palazzo.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Francesca Papafava (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
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About Francesca Papafava

My name is Francesca Papafava dei Carraresi and I manage my father's and my aunt's apartments in the family Palace. I also manage Frassanelle, the family estate in the country side 20 km west of Padua in the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills, where it is possible to rent villas and apartments in a beautiful and quiet surrounding. I have started to work in the touristic field in 1998 and today I am responsible for 12 properties in Padua, Venice and in the Euganean Hills. In these years I have built up a great experience end a good knowledge of the region. I was born in Padua and brought up first in Milan and than in Florence where I have attended scientific high school. I have a BA degree in African Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies London. I have traveled a lot in Africa, Middle East, Europe and USA, but I have decided to come back to my origins to dedicate my self to the restoration and keeping of my family historical heritage.

Francesca Papafava purchased this apartment in 1764

Why Francesca Papafava chose Padua City

I strongly suggest Il Mezzà because it is located in the center of Padua and everything is easily reachable by feet. Because it is quite, it is comfortable and beautifully furnished with antiques that have been well maintained. In this apartment in Padua there is no sense of decay that some old property may have, all the upholstery are new. I am a traveler and I know what is more appreciated when you arrive in a new place and what are the expectations after a long and often tiring journey: comfortable modern sofa and beds, spot less linen, spot less bathroom equipped with toilet paper and soap and spot less kitchen. My attention is to make sure that everything is perfectly clean and well coming. I hope to meet you very soon!

What makes this apartment unique

You will be staying in a Palace that has always belonged to my family. You will be taken care of personally by me (I live in the same Palace). I will share with you all the love I have for Italy and I will give you tips and suggestions to make your vacation unforgettable. I can advise for restaurants, museums, theater, music and not only in Padova.

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Padova luxury rental, stunning apartment in the centre of the city
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Perfect, tastefully decorated, well located

  • 5 of 5

We spent only 3 days in Padova, but it was simply perfect.The apartment in this beautiful old Palazzo is reached on one side through enormous doors into the huge very grand atrio, it immediately conjures up images of days gone by of horses and carriages drawing up to discharge family and guests, it is very majestic,with very high ceilings.

The apartment which is on the ground floor can also be accessed from the other side, a large courtyard where with permission you can leave your car, very handy for unpacking luggage. We did not use our car once as everything is in walking distance.

Entering the apartment you are in a spacious hall which has access to WI FI, a must for my husband. Folders with information on what to visit and restaurants are on the table. The bedroom has a very comfortable bed with original floor tiles and stone floors, the whole apartment is lovingly restored and decorated with antiques ,paintings and prints, very elegant and clean. A very nice bathroom leads off the bedroom through a hidden door. The kitchen had all the necessary pots and pans and nice china and cutlery.

Francesca was so charming and took us around the cobbled centre our first afternoon, pointing out all the historical buildings and some of the history of Padova, which is beautiful. Without her we would never have learnt so much.

She introduced us to many restaurants, all had delicious food and all very close by. It was a lovely experience to stay in such a magnificent Palazzo, the flat was perfect for us, and there was nothing lacking for our comfort. Would recommend to anyone for short or long term stays.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Perfect! Just what we wanted.

  • 5 of 5

We did a lot of research, which town we wanted to stay in and which apartment within it. This was perfect! The apartment was exactly what we were looking for, it’s ideal for a couple and we spent most of October living here. It is on the ground floor of a magnificent old palace, the floor tiles look original and the paintings and some of the furniture give it an air of an elegant lifestyle in years gone by. The photos on their website convey an accurate impression. The kitchen has everything you need to cook gourmet meals and we did. Beautiful china dishes, lots of cutlery and pots and pans. We didn't have to make do at all. It was one of the most well-equipped kitchens we have rented. The bathroom and heating system are completely modern. We were very comfortable here and well looked after by Francesca. She was always charming and helpful. It’s amazing how quickly a month flies by.

The palace is in the heart of medieval Padova. It is surrounded by narrow cobble-stone streets with lots of character which was exactly what we were looking for. It is a six minute walk to the main piazza where there is a large daily market for all your food supplies and plenty of sidewalk cafes, many of which we sampled, some frequently. We now know what spritz is.

The train station is a mile away and has frequent service in all directions. If you want to tour around, we found that Padova makes an excellent centre. We made day trips to Venice, Burano, Citadella, Ferrara, Bologna and Verona. We took the bus to Chioggia and rented a car for Lake Garda and Trento. Other than that, we walked all over Padova. That seemed to keep the weight down.

We had dinner twice at La Finestra, just a five minute walk away. Excellent! Can also recommend Il Vecchio Falconiere.

Although Padova gets its share of tourists, they are well outnumbered by the residents. That was one reason we chose Padova over Verona. In the past few years, we have sampled Rome, Florence, Venice, Lake Como and Ortygia but we have to say that we really enjoyed Padova and this apartment above all. Grazie mille, Francesca!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Grazie mille

  • 5 of 5

We spent three days in Padova and three days in Venice.The transfer from Marco Polo was easy . We caught the Sita bus from the airport and walked from the bus station in Padova to the apartment ( about 20 minutes). The apartment was exceptionally clean and well cared for. It was well furnished and has a great location in the city, it was comfortable and spacious for two people with four there may well have been a queue for the bathroom.There is a useful folder full of great tips, take the time to read it. All the sites in Padova were accessible by foot. You could choose to eat out in a variety of restaurants and within 50 metres of the apartment was a fantastic pizzeria which was busy most nights with local people - they would do takeaways and let you have a dessert - all you had to do was return the glassware!! The markets were a great place for buying food and close to the apartment was a delicatessen run by three great men who were so helpful. The piazzas had a great deal going on in the evening - usually a band playing.Walking in the evening Padova felt a very safe town to be in.

Visiting Venice we used the train it was 6.50 euros return and the journey took 40 minutes.Again the book in the apartment was well worth a read. There is so much to see in the area that we will return in a couple of years. a lovely week and a highly recommended apartment.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Freiburg, Germany

A memorable stay in an Italian palazzo

  • 5 of 5

This apartment in the 18th-century palazzo is simply unique and living there for a week was an extraordinary experience, because it is not just a beautiful place. The living room and bedroom are very spacious with high ceilings, furnished with fine antiques, exquisite curtains, old paintings on the walls and a wonderful stone floor - in short - this apartment does not only show the elegant taste of its owner it also has a special ambience and tells a story.

The kitchen and bathroom are very functional and equipped with everything you need. Cooking is quite easy and much fun considering all the delicious things you can buy on the bountiful markets close-by.

The location is excellent, we walked everywhere in the historic district and thus got to know Padova much better.

The photos accurately reflect the rental's appearance and amenities, the property was impeccable and well-maintained.

Francesca was very helpful and a great host. For us, there is no better place to stay in Padova than in this stunning apartment.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How nice to read your words! They really make worth our efforts to well come our guests in the best possible way. Thank you again, Francesca
Virginia Beach,VA USA

A Padua Palazzo

  • 4 of 5

We stayed a week in Francesa Papafava's 18th century, old town Padua palace and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Two spacious rooms with a modern kitchen and bathroom served us perfectly during that time. A parking space off the street and a permit to drive into the historic part of town were arranged by her as well. A beautiful garden was available for guests, but we never had the time to enjoy it. There was so much to explore within walking distance and with public transportation nearby.The town gave us a true look into Italian life without the ever-present tourists of other cities.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

A very recommendable appartment

  • 5 of 5

The appartment is situated in the traffc limited centre of Padova in a renaissance palazzo. The pedestrian zone and the sights are are only a few hundred meters away as well as a supermarket, a bakery and the marketplace.

The appartment is well equipped, partly new, partly with antiques. It has Wifi, TV, radio and is very clean. The communication with the landlady was always pleasant and instructive.

It's also possible to rent a parking lot in the inner yard of the palazzo.

It was a very enjoyable stay and we can only recommend it.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Piazza Duomo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Padova Est
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Via Marsala and Via Barbarigo
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Cortina d'Ampezzo
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The city of Padova, or Padua in English, is located only 30 km West of Venice and it is well known for its prestigious history and for the many artists and scientist that have lived and worked here. In the middle ages, under the rule of the da Carrara family, it has represented a serious threat to Venice’s ambitious expansion in the main land.

A visit of Padua has to start with the Scrovegni Chapel painted by Giotto, the frescos represent one of the most relevant and valuable masterpieces of western art. The walls of the Chapel are painted with scenes from the Gospels and the life of Jesus and Mary. The Chapel belongs to the same complex of the Museo degli Eremitani which includes the archaeological museum and the pinacoteque with art works by Giotto, Guariento, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and a broad overview of Venetian paintings from '400 to '800.

Founded in 1222, the University of Padua, named Il Bò, is one of the oldest in the world, among its illustrious students and teachers there are Copernico and Galileo Galilei. The University's Botanical Garden, founded in 1545, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because “it is the origin of all the botanical gardens in the world and represents the cradle of science, scientific exchange and understanding of the relations between nature and culture.” The university also host the oldest anatomical theatre in the world. The room, perfectly preserved, was built in 1594. The central area still has the original dissecting table and around it the up going wooden tiers for the students as in a Roman theatre.

The Basilica of St Anthony of Padua is the symbol of the city, its construction started in 1232 and went on until 1310. Here are kept the relics of S. Antony, the Portuguese Franciscan saint who died in Padua in 1231.

The Court of Padua was located in the Palazzo della Ragione, built starting form 1218, its first floor hosts the largest hanging room in the world and the walls are entirely frescoed with astrological themes, here you can also find the huge wooden horse, created on Count Annibal Capodilista’s will for an extraordinary feast in 1466. The Palazzo separates the two Piazzas, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, animated daily by a lively vegetable and fruit market that is only 8 minute walk from the apartment. The ground floor of the Salone is full of little exquisite food shops as bakeries, butchers, fish shop, cheese shops etc.

Only 4 minutes walk from the apartment there is the Padua Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and its Baptistery: an impressive Romanic style building first built in 313 and rebuilt many times over the centuries. The frescoes in the Baptistery are the work of Giusto de’ Menabuoi, a painter active in Padua in the second half of the 14th century.

If you like to have a rest during you visit of Padova, go to Caffè Pedrocchi, the world famous “door less café”, so-called because until 1916 it was open 24 hours a day, located just in front of the university it was a famous meeting place for artists, intellectuals and students.

If you decide to come to Padua do not miss the largest square in Italy and the second largest in Europe, Prato della Valle today is the favorite meeting place of Padua’s students and every 3rd Sunday of the month there is an antique market. In the medieval time it was the place for military parades and folk festivals. The shape of the square is elliptical and in the centre there is an island surrounded by a canal and 78 statues, made in the 18th century, which represent important people of the history of Padua.

Padua is also full of restaurants, trattorias and wine bars, you will find in the apartment a list of the ones most recommended by the owner.


Rates & Availability

From €115 Per night

Padua City Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
One season
Apr 15 2015 - Jan 9 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €200.00
Notes The price includes: all facilities including central heating, wi fi connection, one change of bed
and bath linen, final cleaning and taxes. Should you have rented S. Tomà for more than 1 week, the
house will be cleaned on Saturday and the linen will be changed.

Extra: private open air car park € 50,00

Conditions of payment: 30% of the rent is due at the moment of the booking by bank transfe
30% on confirmation, by bank transfer. The remainder is due in cash on arrival
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Padua City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf privileges optional
  • tennis
private car park

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