My boyfriend and I stayed at one of their apartments during a long weekend in Italy. The structure is perfectly located: not only Padova is so close and well-connected to Venice that we could go there in a matter of minutes, but also the flats are right in the center of the city, making it ideal as base for exploration around town. The staff was very helpful, and spoke good English (not to understate in Italy...). The apartment was immaculate and luminous. Definitely recommended!
We stayed at Santa Sofia for 4 nights. When we first arrived we were greeted by our contact and she escorted us into the building. The building is very modern and secure. Private Parking is available at a cost of 10€ per day.
The apartment is very modern, clean and secure. It is well suited for a couple. Within a few hundred meters, there are grocery stores, gelato, tabac and much more. A walk to city Center is about 10 minutes away and easily navigated. What could have made this stay more perfect are some of small touches. We needed to buy some basic stuff (dish soap, dish clothes, etc). All in all, good value for the location and apartment.
Would recommend and return on our next trip.
(+) If you are looking for a good apartment, Santa Sofia is definitely a great option. Even though it was written on the website that the owners should be informed in advance about the time of arrival, we got an e-mail with a request to provide this information. We arrived at noon, which was a bit early for the official check-in time but Arianna, the manager of these apartments, was kind enough and allowed us to move in earlier.
The apartment has everything that you might probably need: washing machine, equipped kitchen with all facilities including a dishwasher, an iron and ironing equipment, big TV, AC, balcony, etc. The apartment is very big and nicely decorated with a few paintings and photos on the walls. The beds were big and comfy.
There is no breakfast but we were kindly surprised to find some snacks and bottled water in the fridge. If you need a supermarket, it is 5 minutes away by walk. The city center is not far away as well as the train station. Maybe 15-20 minutes to any of those destinations.
The guys compiled a small brochure with all important info that you might need.
(-) The only thing that we did not like was extremely slow internet. It is better to say there was no internet at all, which was pity.
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If you want to see Venice but don't fancy the cramped and overpriced accommodation on offer, just look what you can get in Padua, 20 minutes train ride away. An airy two room apartment, very well equipped, at a modest price. And you may just fall in love with Padua itself, a beautiful early Renaissance town, with piazzas and churches to explore, free of the massive tourist groups that swarm through the major tourist centres.
The appartments are in the University quarter, ten minutes stroll from the town centre, and with several very nice cafes and bars nearby.
One drawback is that these attract some pretty boisterous customers and there's a lot of raucous celebration late at night. But night shouting seems to be an Italian thing - we encountered it in Florence as well.