Colli Euganei

Oaks, chestnut trees and illustrious guests

The Euganean Hills are a group of hills of volcanic origin that rise a few kilometres southwest of Padua, almost like an archipelago.

The Euganean Hills are Veneto’s first regional park. It was inaugurated in 1989 to safeguard the territory and enhance the environment.

It consists of soft hills, rarely exceeding five hundred meters, stretched across a rather vast area of almost 200 km².

“If only I could show you the second Helicon I have prepared for you and the muses in the Euganean Hills! I am sure you’d never want to leave”. These were the words that poet Petrarch used to celebrate the Euganean Hills. And it is here that the Arezzo-born poet decided to take refuge, to be precise in the town of Arquà.

There are various other medieval villages besides Arquà Petrarca: namely, Este, home of its namesake House of Este, Battaglia Terme, with the imposing residence of the noble Obizzi family, Monselice with the evocative promenade of the “seven churches”, and lastly, the masterful Duomo (Cathedral) di Montagnana, built at the end of the 15th century.

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