Itinerary: Monselice, Este, Rovolon
The Euganean Hills, south of Padua, a famous area for its vineyards, beautiful Medieval treasures and renowned spas
Colli Euganei is the Italian name for Euganean Hills (pic n°2), a group of hills of volcanic origin that are located on the southern western area of Padua. It is a wide system including about a hundred hills, and it is now part of the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills. Around the perimeter of the park, there are some tourist destinations that are worth a visit, as well as the natural landscapes and the archeological remains that testify the life of ancient civilizations.
The tour can start visiting Monselice, a very picturesque city with lots of beautiful attractions. Here visit Piazza Mazzini with Torre Civica (pic n°3), and do not forget Villa Duodo (pic n°4), located on a hill and dominated by Medieval walls. From here, the view embraces the whole southern part of the Euganean Hills.
Not so far from Monselice there is Arquà Petrarca, where the famous Italian poet, writer and philosopher (and also one of the starters of the Italian Language) Francesco Petrarca was born. The town features picturesque alleys carved in the rock and a wonderful view on the Hills.
Westbound, stop at Este, a beautiful town with a famous fourteenth-century Castle (pic n°5) and a pleasant historic center where to have a relaxing walk. The tour then continues on towards Monte Lozzo, on which Castle of Valbona, surrounded by an olden-times aura, is located. You can also visit the famous vineyards of Rovolon (pic n°1), which produce some wonderful red wines and delicious Muscat wines.
After reaching the north-eastern end of the hills, we suggest you pay a visit to the eleventh-century Abbey of Praglia, a real treasure dating back to the Renaissance period, and an important center of the Benedictine spirituality.
South of it, you can get lost in the relaxing and dreamlike landscapes of the Euganean Hills, where all sense of time seem to be suspended. In the small village of Luvigliano di Torreglia, you can admire a beautiful fifteenth-century villa, called Villa dei Vescovi. While driving the last stretch towards Padua, stop at Montegrotto Terme (pic n°6), famous throughout Europe for the great quality of its thermal spas and its wellness care.
Thanks to several climate- and soil-related reasons, the Euganean Hills are home to a high number of plants, trees and flowers. Nevertheless, the 80% of the area is dedicated to agriculture. Beekeeping is important, but the main products are wine and olive oil.
Apart from the visit to the many castles, churches and attractions that the Euganean Hills' towns have to offer, this area is also a perfect destination for a relaxing and peaceful holiday to be spent walking, biking or enjoying a great stay in one of the many rural houses that also offers local products.
Some pics of Euganean Hills:
Vineyards of Rovolon(pic n°1); Euganean Hills (pic n°2); Monselice, Piazza Mazzini with Torre Civica (pic n°3); Villa Duodo (pic n°4); Castle of Este (pic n°5); Montegrotto Terme (pic n°6);