From the suggestive medieval village of Arquà Petrarca to the itineraries through the walled cities, we want to suggest 10 things to see at Euganean Hills
Surrounded by the Natural Park of Euganean Hills, Abano is an authentic temple of relax. The therapeutic benefits of its water and the presence of thermal structures make this location ideal for a wellness trip.
Natural Park of Euganean Hills
This big park is composed by 15 locations around Padua and it’s crossed by many paths which are viable by feet or by bicycle; you can choose between Alta Via dei Colli Euganei Path, Villa Draghi Path, Principe Path. Sportings can also choose thematic paths: the equestrian one or the one between castels which links some of the oldest historical finds of the park.
Villa dei Vescovi
This is one of the first examples of classic architecture of Veneto. It enchants the visitor. It was built on an old architectural structure which was designed as a summer meeting place for bishops of Padua. This villa is ubicated in Luvigliano (20 km far from Padua) and it also was a place where famous writers met in the past.
This is a wonder of the Euganean Hills and it became famous because it hosted the poet Francesco Petrarca in his last years of life. Here you can find its grave in the church of Santa Maria Assunta and also the SS. Trinità oratory, where the poet used to go pray.
Monselice, Este, Montagnana: the walled cities
An itinerary of 25km links these three locations. They are three fortresses which conserved part of their defensive wall. In Monselice you can see the Castle and Villa Duodo. In Este you can see the castle, the Atesino National Museum and the walls. In Montagnana you can see the walls, the San Benedetto church and the Duomo.
Este and its archeological itinerary
It’s a 6km itinerary and it’s viable by feet or by bicycle. Close to S. Stefano medieval church you can see the archeological area of the Recovery House. The visitor will be in front of the most important archeological location about old Veneto citizens who built thei first settlement in Este.
It’s a Benedectine abbey surrounded by the greenery of Euganean Hills. It was built in XI century and it’s one of the medieval pieces result of the farming colonization of Benedetto’s disciples. The nit was rebuilt and the tower is the only evidence of the original construction.
The Catajo Castle
More than 300 rooms frescoed by Giovanni Battista Zelotti (Veronese’s disciple), the big park and the garden in front of the building make this construction a wonderwall of the little location Battaglia Terme. You can visit it in the afternoon on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Valbona Castle
Today the owners of the castle are Albrizzi’s counts and it’s situated in Valbona di Lozzo Atesino. The walls of this wonderful construction have seen, during the history, the passage of nobles and poets, warriors and crusader. You can visit it from Wednsday till Sunday from 10am til midnight.
Barbarigo’s Villa and the Valsanzibio’s Garden
This garden is an example of symbolic garden and it’s situated in Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme and it surrounds Barbarigo’s Villa. It hosts about 70 statues and it’s crossed by paths, little lakes and more than 800 plants. The allegorical itinerary represents the man walk towords the salvation and it starts from the entrance to continue towards the hermit’s cave, the Time Monument, the fountain and the revelations’ square.