We drove to Padova from Verona. We got lost before we found Gioia and called Lorenzo for help.He simply dropped what he was doing and came to find us in Prato della Valle, Padua's main square about 5 km from the B&B. Lorenzo could not have been more pleasant and accommodating host. He let us park our car for free (before we decided to trade in the rental for trains and buses), helped us make dinner reservations, gave us great tips on what to see and how to get there. As if all that isn't enough, the B & B, which is just a 10-15 minute walk from the Scrovegni Chapel and Padova's historic center. It's on the ground floor of a large house and has been newly renovated in modern high style.
Friends of ours arrived the day after we did and were late due to the vagaries of planes and buses. Lorenzo was still smiling and every bit as gracious, having waited longer than expected for them. The proximity to Padova's train station is also a big plus though there are a few small sections in the area that have not yet been gentrified and there are often groups of men hanging out, seemingly aimlessly, around the station and in the street around the corner from the B & B. small matter though, as the pluses far outweigh the minor sketchniness noted. I'll come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B & B GIOIA, is one of the best and highest-rated B & B in Padua, the elegance of the environment, the comfort of its 3 bedrooms all with private bathroom and an accessory wellnes, the proximity to the Padua railway station is 250m, to the Bus Station Shuttle for Marco Polo(Venice)is 400m, to Stop(Borgomagno)tram is 200m, making it the best location to enjoy the beauties of Padua and trip to Venice by train as a subway,cause in 30" you'll be in front of the Canal Grande! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gioia Hotel Padua
- Gioia Bed And Breakfast