Hotel Grand’ Italia was formerly the residence of Guglielmo Folchi, who was bestowed with the honour of becoming Cavaliere del Lavoro (Knightly Order of Merit for Labour). It was built in 1907 under the superintendence of the Engineer Giuseppe Pesaro not far from the Padua railway station.
It lies on the corner of two streets. Due to its dynamic and rounded structure, the architecture of the Folchi Palace sheds the old schemes. Still today it impresses with its liberty-rococo style, its very essence.
Despite all the renovations done throughout the years (the latest in 1996), the original architectural style of the Palace has been preserved with great care.
Hotel Grand’ Italia continues to dominate the scene, welcoming its guests in a sumptuous and regal atmosphere, which is perfectly tuned to its irresistible aristocratic charm.
The interior of the Palace
The interior of the Palace is enriched by elegant frescoes. The highlights of the present-day hall – where in olden times the noble coaches entered the premises – are the arches, which are decorated with elaborate floral patterns. It is further embellished by the magnificent nineteenth-century staircase, connecting the ground floor to the first floor. Restored to its ancient splendour, it is made of white marble and elegant wrought iron.
The old master’s residence on the first floor has been radically restored and made accessible also to guests with disabilities.
Here our guests can enjoy the two breakfast lounges, a small meeting room and the magnificent “Salone del Sogno” (“Dream Hall”), a huge, austere meeting room, equipped for hosting different kinds of events.
The upper floors were built in a later age and offer a more modern environment. The rooms display a particular decor, essential but refined.
Each room is soundproof and guarantees privacy and quiet to the guests.
Hotel Grand’ Italia: living history in the heart of Padua
The strategic position of the Hotel allows you to reach the center of Padua, which is just a short walk away.
The center of Padua offers some amazing artistic wonders such as the Scrovegni Chapel, well-known all over the world for Giotto’s frescoes, dating back to the beginning of the 16th century and preserved with great care.
Wrought iron, marble and rich décors bring out the beauty of Hotel Grand’ Italia. The rare charm of the Hotel dominates the historical center of Padua, with its proud and elegant profile, and is beacon for local tourism.
Our staff looks forward to offering you a pleasant stay with a modern yet unmistakable echo of the past.