The jewels of the Euganean Hills
A few km south of Padua rises the group of hills "Colli Euganei" with a lovely landscape: olive trees, grapevines, fruit trees, a diverse flora, a very successful coexistence of man and nature.
Here you can not only hike, go on bike rides, or relax in the thermal baths of Abano and Montegrotto, but also discover numerous “gems”, such as: Arquà Petrarca, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, which still has kept its original appearance.
An enchanting area that the poet Francesco Petrarca (one of the three fathers of the Italian language, together with Dante and Boccaccio) chose to spend the last years of his life at and has since been a "place of pilgrimage" for all those who want to see the house where one of the most famous poets in world literature lived.
Este, cradle of the noble families D`Este or Estensi, with the sturdy walls from the 14th century that now enclose the city's public gardens and the cathedral, in which you can admire a masterpiece by the painter Giambattista Tiepolo.
Praglia, the largest, most beautiful and most important abbey in Northern Italy. Interesting building from the 15th century that is still inhabited by 40 Benedictines today. Visiting the three cloisters, the refectory, the chapter house and the renaissance church will immerse you in the atmosphere of monastic life. The monks still offer healing creams on a natural basis, herbal teas, herbal liqueurs, honey and sweets for sale today. The garden of Valsanzibio, one of the best preserved Italian style gardens from the 17th century, with its water ponds, ancient trees, paths, the labyrinth, the statues that tell us mythological stories to help us discover the hidden symbols of the garden.
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