Palazzo Duse Masin
The building has seventeenth-century origins. In 1817 Palazzo Duse Masin was decorated by a team of top-level artists coordinated by Giuseppe Borsato and including Pietro Moro, Giovanni Carlo Bevilacqua, Francesco Hayez and Sebastiano Santi, as well as Giovanni Battista Lucchesi for the realization of the stuccos. They are the best artists of the time in the field of interior decoration, who already have prestigious commissions to their credit such as the decoration of the Royal Palace in Venice and that of Eugenio di Beauharnais' apartment in Villa Pisani in Stra.
History of the Palace
The palace originally consisted of four individual houses which, in the seventeenth century, were brought together in a single building as can be seen from a drawing by Prato della Valle made in the early eighteenth century at the request of the cellenary of the monastery of Santa Giustina, today in the state archive of Padua.
In 1776 the view of Prato della Valle created by Francesco Piranesi constitutes an important historical testimony because it allows us to formulate a hypothesis on the structure of the building before the nineteenth-century enlargement.
The typology of the facade, in particular as regards the presence of the three architraved doors surmounted by the tympanum, suggests a late Mannerist origin of the building.
The Palace, as it still appears today, was further modified at the request of Bernardo Duse Masin in 1816 and was welcomed by the architect Antonio Noale on behalf of the Ornato commission. The intervention on the façade is very essential and purely inspired by the principles of symmetry and rationality. The only exception, of a strictly “modern” character, is the design of the iron railing of the terrace. Iron, a futuristic material, will also be used in the railing of the internal staircase. It is a functional renovation of the houses with the renunciation of any pomp or grandeur in opposition to a lifestyle that is now considered anachronistic. The end of the works can be established in 1818 thanks to the presence inside the building of the inscription in Roman numerals MLCCCXVIII.
Services: charming B&B in the center of Padua
B&B: at the end of 2016 two suites were created that overlook the internal courtyard. The first, on the ground floor, consists of a large bedroom, a sitting room and a bathroom. The second, on the first floor, has an entrance, a sitting room for reading and breakfast, a double bedroom and a bathroom.
The windows have large semicircular glazing overlooking the trees in the courtyard. Room service for breakfast and daily cleaning of the suites is provided.
There is the possibility to park your car inside the courtyard.
The structure has been assigned the "5 lions" category, the highest, considering this b & b among the best in Padua.