Itinerary

Discovering the Euganean Hills


Day 1: Churches, monasteries and hermitages, history and religion in the heart of the Euganean Hills

 Torreglia     -     Torreglia
Torreglia – Castelletto Monte Rua – Monte Venda – Torreglia



Description:

A first glimpse of this wonderful park, a pleasant excursion that combines the pleasure of discovering the flavor of local culinary traditions. All the places we will visit are full of history and nature. Depart from Torreglia passing through the village of Commendation we will admire the fortification of Castelletto before heading to the Roccolo Bonato we will leave to head on the slopes of Mount Rua on top of which we will admire the monastery of the Camaldolese hermits, with its system constituted by the church, the small cells of the monks, vegetable gardens and beautiful gardens. We will continue to Mount Venda where we will visit the monumental ruins of the Monastery of the Olivetani. See along the way the traces of the old bunkers located in these places because of the abundance of chestnut trees of the surrounding woods. Along the way we will cross the various surroundings of the richest flora of Italy, we will admire the pseudo-Mediterranean vegetation and the beautiful chestnut woods. We will do a short break in some farms or winery participating in the project “The Wine Route”, they will allow you to taste the famous wines of the Euganean Hills, as well as delicious dishes of the local tradition. During the return to the B&B, we will visit the village of mills Torreglia and ancient aqueduct of the Fonte Regina.


Points of interesting landscape: crops and valleys of Torreglia, Mount Venda with one of the most important and largest Maronarie the Hills. The Mediterranean vegetation and glacial wreck of Mount Rua.

Points of historical interest: the Medieval fortification of Torreglia, the Monastery of Olivetani, from the XIII Century. The aqueduct of the Roman spring Regina.

Interesting visits: : the Roccolo Bonato and the tradition of bird catching in the Euganeans Hills. Wine and food tasting at the wineries and local farmhouses. The Roman site of Fonte Regina and the ancient fortified house, which for centuries has passed around the wheels of the old mill of Torreglia, thanks to the waters of the Rio Calcina.

Excursion: altitude gap m. 500. Time: h4.00. Difficulty: E – easy hiking trail


Day 2: Monte Fasolo, Gemola e Monte Cinto, stories of Saints and Bandits

 Torreglia     -     Torreglia
Torreglia – Monte Fasolo – Monte Gemola – villa Beatrice d’Este – Monte Cinto – Buso dei Briganti – Cava Bomba Torreglia



Description:

This tour takes us along the ridge of the mountain Fasolo amongst a lush Mediterranean vegetation, we will be taking on the fork between Mount Rusta and Gemola on which we will visit Villa Beatrice d’Este seventeenth-century transformation of the Monastery where Beatrice d’Este lived.

After the visit we will proceed toward the mount Cinto where we will visit a suggestive place with a legendary name: the Buso dei Briganti (the Bandits’caves) a natural cavity that opens to the peak on the eastern plain and on the mounts Berici. Climbing down from the hill we’re going to see the village of Bomba an industrial archaeological site called Cava Bomba transformed into the Museum of Geopaleontologico Collli Hills. Along the easy path we will find interesting geological sites, luxuriant chestnuts woods, prairies and amazing landscapes.


Points of interesting landscape: the Mount Fasolo, il Buso dei Briganti, a spur of rock that protrudes from the north-western side of Monte Cinto, a place full of stories and legends of Bandits.

Points of historical interest: Villa Beatrice d’Este

Interesting visits: the Museum Geopalentologico of Cava Bomba with its precious minerals and fossils collection, Villa Beatrice d’Este, inside of this villa there is the Natural Science Museum of Euganean hills.

Excursion: altitude gap m. 400. Time: h 6.00 in total (+ visiting of museums). Difficulty: E - easy hiking trail


Day 3: Mysteries and Medieval villages

 Torreglia     -     Torreglia
Torreglia – Arquà Petrarca – Sentiero Monte Calbarina e Monte Piccolo Torreglia



Description:

Discover the enchanting Medieval village of Arquà Petrarca, the Poets Petrarca chose this village for living the last days of his life. Surrounded by gentle hills and vineyards, visit one of the most famous wineries in the area, digged in the rock.

Later, we will go through the path, surrounded by the flora of Euganean Hills.


Points of interesting landscape: the mount Calbarina and the southern scope of the mount Piccolo with the orchids (from march to may) and the typical vegetation of dry fields, the lake of Costa is the most famous natural pond of Euganean Hills, it is powered by the mineral spring. Water flows into pools also clearly visible on the surface, at a temperature of about 45 ° C, this allows the lake to never go down, even in winter, under 18 °C. This lake is important for the high quality of mud contain in the basin and they are utilized for therapeutic purposes in the spa. The lake is also considerable for the archeological evidences founding which testify the presence of paleolithic settlements dating back to 'Bronze Age. The surrounding landscape was descrive by Ugo Foscolo in the famous epistolary novel: "Le ultime lettere a Jacopo Ortis" in 1796.

Points of historical interest: the village of Arquà and the home of Francesco Petrarca, a noble house considered by the historians of the architecture, a prototype of a Venetian villa. Petrarca died in the 1374, in this villa. The remains of the poet are preserved inside the stone sarcophagus that stands in the yard of the parish church.

Interesting visits: Cantina di Vignalta, founded in 1980, was the pioneer in vineyard planting on the Euganean Hills. until reaching the current 55 hectares in production

Excursion: altitude gap m. 130. Time: h 2.00. Difficulty: E – easy hiking trail


Day 4: Ancient wall cities, Valnogaredo and farms.

 Torreglia     -     Torreglia
Torreglia – Este – Monselice – Valnogaredo Torreglia



Description:

The morning will be dedicated to the wall cities and especially to the local foods and wines. Este, founded by the Venetian and colonized by Romans. We will visit the garden inside the wall of the castle, the Torre del Soccorso and the  Mastio; then we will proceed for the guided tour of the National museum of Este  and then we will take a stroll through the city center to discover the most characteristic places of this city. Later we will go to Monselice where we will visit a part of the city walls, the Cini castle is rich of history and military collections, the rock of Federico II and the pieve (church)of Santa Giustina, the itinerary of 7 churches which conduce to the panoramic Villa Duodo where we will visit the striking oratory. During the tour of the city we will visit the Antiquarium Longobardo, nearby the castle, the Torre Civica and the most typical places of the most ancient part of the city.

After lunch we will reach Valnogaredo, an ancient Euganean village, close to the beautiful villa Contarini, we will visit the ancient Oil Mill of Euganean Hills where we can taste the fine oil produced in this area. The afternoon will proceed with an excursion that will take us to admire the striking hills shaped by human work to allow the growing of vines and olives.

During spring season, we will find the almond blossom and Judas tree, during autumn we will admire the colors of the vineyards. Along the way we will visit the site of the Buso dea Casara important Roman aqueduct which through a series of stone pipes supplied water to the city of Este.


Points of interesting landscape: the farm of the Valnogaredo area; the rows of vines arranged on the gentle slopes of the surrounding hills like a precious ancient embroidery and stone walls typical in these areas, the old systems of cultivation of olive trees.

Points of historical interest: Este and Monselice, two small villages which hiding big treasures. The Buso dea Casara, an ancient Roman aqueduct, shaped by a complex system of tunnels dug into the rock which linked different sources inside the bowels of Mount Venda.

Interesting visits: in Este, visiting one of the most famous cured pork meat factory of the area to discover all secrets about the art of pork butchers. The Oil MIl of Valnogaredo, Museo Nazionale Atestino, Torre del Soccorso e Mastio Federiciano, Antiquarium Longobardo Castello Cini di Monselice.

Excursion: altitude gap m. 300. Difficulty: E – easy hiking trail


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