My boyfriend and I stayed in Cristina’s wonderful apartment in Padova for the month of March, and it was truly a wonderful spot for us. We are from the USA and have been traveling throughout Italy, and we’ve stayed in a number of different places, so we were SO glad to find such a great apartment, at such a reasonable rate, and in a good location. We had a car so we needed parking – lots of it and free in front of the apartment block. Also it’s only a 5 minute walk to the closest Bike Share rack, which was only 10 euros for the entire month to rent a bike, incredible! The bikes made getting into the downtown quick and fun – Padova is super bike friendly. Also there is an AMAZING health food store about a 5 minute walk as well, La Buona Dispensa. It has everything, but then there is a lot of other shopping easily walkable – a 15 minute walk to a little mall with a huge grocery store. The apartment itself is great – spacious, high ceilings, big kitchen with fitting from the fifties, but super functional. And the balcony is fantastic. It runs the whole length of the apartment and has giant awnings for shade so you can be out there anytime of the day. It’s not the most spectacular view – a little canal and walking path and a big recycling center across the canal, but we actually really liked the view once we learned it was for recycling. Also, it is just so quiet at night – one of the main reasons we wanted to be outside of the city center. The bed was comfortable and we slept so well there. Finally, Cristina is a delightful and lovely host. She gave us tons of information about the city and encouraged us to explore places we might not have gone, like the Botanical Gardens, which even in March were totally wonderful. She was great too about getting us a second set of keys, since we were staying a month and didn’t plan to spend every moment together. Because we are learning to speak Italian she spoke Italian with us but her English is perfect and we could communicate with that when our Italian ran out. Can’t say enough good things. A great place to stay! Thanks for everything, From Matt and Maggie PS. Pizza Albatros is an AMAZING pizzeria about a 15 walk from apartment too. Very highly recommended restaurant!