I was surprised to learn that the Hotel Majestic Toscanelli, located in the ghetto area of Padova, was constructed as recently as forty years ago as it blends so smoothly into the surrounding architectural elements of this venerable old neighborhood, both inside and out. Inside this charmingly intimate hotel, all the modern amenities are discreetly in place, and each guest is made to feel at ease and welcome. I immediately fell in love with the intensely interesting and lively neighborhood and appreciated the advantages of being within walking distance of all the historic and cultural sights of Padova. We wandered the streets, discovering many unexpected architectural treasures in this picturesque quarter, with its arcaded passageways and windows with lace-like tracery. All this in addition to grand Palazzo della Ragione, which dominates the Piazza delle Erbe on the one side and the Piazza della Frutta on the other. The magnificent Prato della Valle is close, as well as the Basilica di Sant’Antonio.
In the immediate vicinity, there are shops, galleries, wine bars and restaurants. Around the corner, I sat at an outdoor café and sipped my first Spritz. Several narrow streets converged on this little cobbled square, where slivers of light penetrated the arcaded passageways. The streets vibrated with activity and friendly conversations. It was a pleasure to be a temporary resident in this lively quarter, even if only for a few days.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Hotel Majestic Toscanelli ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson