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Discover Padua and its surroundings.
Discover Padua and its province.
A land of History, Art, Spas and Nature.
Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic cities in Italy. The city centre boasts a wealth of fine medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions combined with metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere. The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture, the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.
Old map of Padua
The province of Padua has a vast cultural and artistic heritage and great natural assets. One has only to think of the Euganean Hills’ rich flora and history, of the countless villas and castles scattered all over the area, of the medieval walled towns, of the world famous Euganean spas, of the medieval monasteries and abbeys, of the old farm houses surrounded by wide expanses of fields, of the network of rivers, streams and canals leading to the Venetian lagoon, a portion of which belongs to the province of Padua.
Palazzo Bo, Old Courtyard Below, Prato della Valle and Basilica of St. Giustina
3000 years of history.
“Antenor, from the midst of Grecian hosts, Could pass secure, and pierce th' Illyrian coasts, Where, rolling down the steep, Timavus raves And thro' nine channels disembogues his waves. At length he founded Padua's happy seat, And gave his Trojans a secure retreat; There fix'd their arms, and there renew'd their name, And there in quiet rules, and crown'd with fame.” Virgil, Aeneid, I, 242-249
The Greek poet Virgil celebrates with these verses the legend that speaks of Antenor as the mythical founder of Padua. The historical Padua was actually founded over 3000 years ago, during the Paleoveneti age, when the old Veneti people were famous thanks to their excellent breed of horses. In the year 45 b.C. the town became a Roman Municipium. Thanks to thriving commerce, fruitful land and abundance of waterways, Patavium was one of the most important and powerful centres of the Roman Empire. During the Barbarian invasions the town was razed to the ground by command of Langobard king Agilulf (601 A.D.) It was only after the year 1000 that Padua registered an important growth in wealth and power, and new imposing religious and civil buildings, such as the Cathedral, the Commune Palaces, towers and defensive walls were built. The 13th and the 14th century marked a period of extraordinary economic and cultural liveliness and ardour, which left great evidences in town: the medioaeval walls, the foundation of the University, the Ragione Palace, the Basilica of st. Anthony and many others. The Trecento, historically characterized by the ruling of the Seigneury of the Da Carrara family, is considered Padua Golden Age: the art panorama was dominated by Giotto and his followers and the city was the most important centre of artistic production in medieval Europe. In 1405 the Da Carrara Seigneury terminated and Padua passed under
Venetian rule. Venice fortified Padua with new walls, increased the power of the University, and the venetian nobility invested their capitals on the paduan land, where beautiful villas were erected. The decadence of the Serenissima (1797) and the upcoming of the Napoleonic imperialism put an end to one of the most extraordinary historical, artistical and cultural ages of Europe. The French and the Austrian dominations, and the two World Wars produced a long period of economic and cultural standstill, from which Padua, as the rest of Veneto, recovered with a new and reinforced conscioussness starting from the second half of the 20th century. Today Padua is one of the main economic centres of Veneto and of Italy, an important motorway, railway and waterway junction, which connects Italy with the rest of Europe, and last but not least a beautiful city of art and culture.
Piazza delle Erbe
and allows visitors to admire the magnificent Bishops Hall. Piazza dei Signori is a gentle Renaissance square closed westwards by the white façade of the Capitanio Palace and the beautiful Clock Tower.are the site of Padua’s daily market. a 16th century building which keeps one of the delights of the town: a Romanesque baptistery with 14th century frescoes by Giusto de Menabuoi. The palace faces Palazzo Bo. which are housed inside Palazzo Cavalli. The historic centre of Padua is dominated by the imposing Palazzo della Ragione. which has been taking place here for more than 800 years. The vast hall. In the nearby Eremitani Museum the history of Padua is narrated through pre-Roman. one of the greatest medieval scientists. The museum complex is completed by the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts and the Bottacin Collection at Palazzo Zuckermann and the University Scientific Museums. one of the most famous historical cafès in Italy and prestigious venue for cultural events. The medieval heart. and is universally considered one of the greatest art masterpieces of all time. following the suggestive narrow streets of the old ghetto. paintings depicting the zodiac and the astrological theories of Pietro d’Abano. 1 The Museum Complex around the Roman Arena. the historical seat of Padua University. and various shops on the ground floor. restaurants. Combining the old and the modern. Madonna and Child 4 . The adjacent Bishop Palace Museum displays precious works of art.). Roman and Etruscan archaeological findings and rich art collections. which enclose the symbols of Padua history. AD) and the adjacent Eremitani Square is a concentrated true museum complex. and is closed northwards by the Caffè Pedrocchi (1831). From here. The most outstanding monument is the Scrovegni Chapel. Around the Roman Arena (1st c.Piazza delle Erbe. the itinerary leads back to the area of the City Hall (16th c. called il Salone (the great Hall).The classic itinerary. The three squares surrounding the palace . which was built in the year 1218 to host the court of justice on the upper floor. which was magnificently decorated by Giotto at the beginning of the 14th century. Over three thousand years of history have left a wealth of historical buildings and places. is one of the largest medieval hanging halls of the world and its walls are covered by 15th c. Closeby is Padua’s Cathedral. The adjacent Eremitani Church keeps 14th century frescoes and the famous remains of the Ovetari Chapel decorated by Mantegna’s frescoes. manuscripts. 2 3 1 Scrovegni Chapel 2 Caffè Pedrocchi 3 Basilica of St. Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori . The squares are lined by bars. Giustina. the city centre is full of surprises. great art and beautiful artifacts. sculptures. The classic itinerary touches three areas. shops and historical buildings. including paintings. which are housed in the peaceful rooms and cloisters of the former Hermits monastery. jewellery.
is surrounded by an impressive number of monuments: the equestrian statue of Gattamelata by Donatello. the Scuola del Santo with Titian frescoes. antiques market 7 Basilica of St. On the northern side is Palazzo Angeli which hosts the delightful Museum of the Magic Lantern and Pre Cinema. which holds the mortal remains of Saint Anthony. the domes of the Basilica of St. A little to the south sprawls the Prato della Valle. Anthony. Mattia. a real shrine of art and devotion. The third great monumental area develops around St. 4 Donatello’s monument to Gattamelata 5 View of Padua. St. surrounded by the waters of the Alicorno canal and decorated by a double order 4 of statues. locally simply called Il Santo. Palazzo della Ragione 5 6 7 . which keeps the mortal remains of saints and martyrs of Christianity: St. Luke the Evangelist. The great sanctuary. St. On the opposite side is the 16th century Basilica di Santa Giustina. St. the Antonian Museum and the Renaissance complex of Loggia and Odeo Cornaro. A short distance away you can visit the University Botanical Garden. George’s Oratory. one of oldest in the world. Giustina. Anthony 6 Prato della Valle. one of the first Christian martyrs. and many others. Donatello’s altar Below. view of Padua. one of the largest town squares in Europe. Anthony’s Basilica. Anthony and Prato della Valle.Basilica of St. The square is lined by ancient palaces and churches.
Throughout the century all the most important monuments of the town were decorated with beautiful cycles of frescoes so vast and so numerous as to be found in only very few other Italian centres. in the first years of the Trecento. to give impulse to fresco decoration. Presentation of Mary in the Temple 3 Scrovegni Chapel 4 Scrovegni Chapel. It was Giotto. where light and colour give life to extraordinary illustrated stories.Padua: City of frescoes. Giotto’s frescoes. Altichiero da Zevio’s frescoes (detail) 2 Scrovegni Chapel. Padua keeps kilometres of frescoed walls. 1 2 3 4 5 1 Basilica of St. The cycle inside the Scrovegni Chapel (1303-1305) is considered the greatest masterpiece of forteenth century Italian and European painting. narrative painting and monumental cycles. The Bishops’ Hall . Anthony. Meeting of St Anne and Joachim 5 Diocesan Museum and Bishop’s Palace.
16th century frescoes by Girolamo del Santo.81x27) are entirely covered with a superb astrological cycle. even though badly damaged during World War II can be admired in the Ovetari chapel inside the Eremitani Church. panel after panel. And so is the enchanting Bishops’ Hall in the Bishop Palace. Colourful sixteeenthcentury frescoes decorate various oratories. the Salone (detail) 8 Mantegna’s frescoes. Altichiero da Zevio. The walls of the vast main Hall of the Palazzo della Ragione (mt. Anthony. in St George’s Oratory and in St. Giusto de Menabuoi and Jacopo da Verona. The jealous husband stabs his wife 8 Basilica of St. Giusto de Menabuoi’s frescoes 7 Scuola del Santo. the life of Jesus and the story of the Passion to end with the imposing vision of the Last Judgement. 9 7 . which is adorned by the portraits of hundreds of Paduan bishops. Guariento. and the forty-four heroes adorning the Giants’ Hall. who developed and reinterpreted Giotto’s style and tecnique. Anthony. churches and palaces: discover Titian’s frescoes in the Scuola del Santo. Domenico Campagnola and Stefano dall’Arzere in the Scoletta del Carmine and in St. Giusto de’ Menabuoi’s frescoes (detail) 9 Palazzo della Ragione. in the Baptistery of the Cathedral.Under a blue. Their style and skill can be admired in all the most important civil and religious monuments of Padua: fourteenth-century frescoes are in the Basilica of St. in the Eremitani Church. starry heaven. Titian. 6 7 6 Padua Cathedral’s Baptistery. The lesson of the Tuscan master was taken over by the most eminent painters working in town in the second half of the 14th century. it illustrates the life of Mary. Rocco’s Oratory. Jacopo Avanzi. Michele’s Oratory and in the Accademia Galileiana (former Carraresi Chapel). Dario Varotari’s cycle in the Scuola della Carità.
e. the Aula Magna and the 16th century old cloister. which was established in 1222. The Botanic Garden is another scientific treasure. technique and creativity. The University of Padua. poisonous and insectivorous. medical plants. In its ancient and glorious University fundamental contributions to the progress of science and technology have been made thanks to the presence of enlightened and ingenious personalities. It is the oldest university botanical garden in the world.Padua: City of science and culture. which has never moved from its original settlement. It keeps about 6000 plants: exotic. of arms. which is the oldest in the world. the statue of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia. the world’s first female graduate (1678). both decorated by students and professors’ coats 1 2 3 8 1 Padua University. Anatomy Theatre . Palazzo Bo. Galilei’s chair. Aula Magna 2 Museum of the Pre-Cinema Minici Zotti Collection 3 Padua University. Padua is the ideal place to trace the history of man’s progress and achievements in the field of science. Palazzo Bo. is one of the oldest in the world (the second in Italy after Bologna University) and keeps several places of great historical value: the anatomy theatre (1594). i. the 14th century Medicine room. It was founded in 1545 by Padua University for the study of the ‘simples’. medicinal.
Palazzo Bo.The oldest tree here is a Palm planted in 1585 and known as Goethe’s palm. Sala dei Quaranta and Galilei’s chair 6 Padua Botanic Garden 6 9 . the Museum of Mineralogy. Many other University museums reveal the continuing influence of this ancient institution on world art and culture: the Geological and Paleonthological Museum. called La Specola. 5 4 Astronomic Observatory. having supposedly played a role in the German writer’s work on the Metamorphosis of the plants. the Museum of Phisycs. 4 By the year 2006 a new museum dedicated to the History of Medicine and Health will be inaugurated inside the 15th-century complex of St. Today it houses the University Astronomy Department and a museum. Another scientific monument belonging to Padua University is the astronomic observatory. Since 1997 the garden is part of the Unesco World Cultural Heritage. Francesco’s Hospital. It was built in the 18th century on a tower belonging to Padua medieval castle to test the astronomic theories elaborated at the University. where various scientific instruments coming from different countries are displayed. and many other institutes of research and scientific studies. La Specola Museum 5 Padua University.
are the seat of the daily market and have been representing one of the most beloved meeting points of the Paduans for the last 800 years. music bars and venues. The medieval squares – Piazza delle Erbe. The brilliant American architect of Polish origins. antiques and modern handicraft shops. The city centre has been transformed into a wide pedestrian oasis. refined restaurants and old osterias.Padua: a dynamic city. classy restaurants. street cafés and historical coffee-houses. della Frutta and dei Signori . millennary traditions and the vibrant rhythms and vitality of the modern metropolis. bookshops. where streets and picturesque squares are lined with historical monuments. such as Daniel Libeskind’s memorial “Memory and light”. Loggia (detail) 2 Old Ghetto 3 Palazzo Moroni (City Hall) and Caffè Pedrocchi . winner of the competition for the reconstruction of Ground Zero in New York. given to the city of Padua by the USA Department of State in memory of the victims of the attack to the Twin Towers. high-fashion boutiques. Vital. galleries. which contains a dramatic beam salvaged from the World Trade Centre attack. Historical buildings merge with daring contemporary architecture. 1 3 2 10 1 Palazzo della Ragione. The so called Antico Ghetto with its suggestive narrow streets lined with porticoed medieval palaces and prestigious buildings has been recently transformed into a trendy borough which encloses innovative shops and locals. has left in Padua an uplifting memorial. creative and dynamic: the spirit of Padua combines ancient charm.
good cuisine. Nowadays you can find an exciting variety of flavours and dishes in every Padua high street. D. 6 4 4 Piazza delle Erbe. Open air performances take place in summer in all major parks and squares of the city. Donatello’s equestrian statue. Piazza del Santo and the surrounding streets are the ideal area to find a typical souvenir and take a picture of some of the symbols of the city: the huge Basilica. one of the most culturally vital and prestigious venues of the city. which give the possibility to enjoy the view of the old walls and of peculiar spots of the city at the leisurely pace of river and canal boats. celebrations of culture and festivals run periodically throughout the year. to name but a few. from stately homes to the most modern congress halls: Padua has the right meeting-place for any event. nightlife: whether you are wishing to stay one day or for a longer holiday Padua will surprise you with its oustanding variety of attractions. such as Palazzo Zabarella. Along the streets leading from the University to the Basilica of St. In the last years the Paduans have re-discovered the importance of the waterways which surround the city. from Indian to Persian. Imposing medieval and Renaissance buildings face the old streets. locations and multifunctional spaces. The short and narrow via St. too. where you will find all the most famous Italian and foreign fashion designers. This is refelected in the rich events calendar and in the wide range of art venues. Anthony you will find lots of ancient and modern bookshops. Libeskind 11 . Almost all restaurants serve food based on traditional Paduan or Venetian recipes but with a modern and international twist. Good infrastructures. exhibition halls and high quality collections. Culture. entertainment. Fermo and the nearby Galleria Borromeo and Piazza Insurrezione is an unrivalled designer shopping borough. 5 Padua is an excellent business destination as the congress system offers the diverse range of meeting venues to ensure success.On Summer nights the colourful tables and chair of bars and cafés cover these squares. Thanks to the presence of Padova Fiere (Padua Trade Exhibition Centre) and of the University the congressual activity is very vital too. From March to October sightseeing boat tours offer cruises and journeys. Prato della Valle. and open air music gently accompany the servings of food and drinks. unique in its genre in Italy. science. Ethnic-cuisine lovers will be spoilt for choice as the city offers good quality foreign cuisine from Mexican to Japanese. the Botanic Garden or the Museum of the Pre-Cinema. attractions and shops take a break and relax at one of the numerous restaurants or trattorias. galleries. Cultural life is very vital. market 5 Prato della Valle 6 Memorial “Memory and Light”. Special events. art. shopping. food and drink specialities. and recently there has been an increasing development of boat tours. After having wandered through monuments.
Tomb of M. 1 1 Basilica of St. Giustina was built on the place where. M. Benavides 7 Eremitani City Museum. The adjacent Benedictine monastery with frescoed cloisters has a rich library and a famous restoration book centre. was buried around the year 304. 2 3 . the martyrs’well.A land of faith.). Giustina. Giustina. Angels Religious heritage. The huge 16th century Basilica -the ninth largest Christian church in the world-. real and true shrines of faith and art. Martyrs’Corridor 4 Duomo (Cathedral) and Baptistery 5 St. Anthony 3 Basilica of St. B. A strong faith combined with a great artistic fervour have left a great number of sacred places and monuments all over the territory. Nicolò’s Church 6 Eremitani Church. Following the tradition the Basilica of St. one of the first martyrs of Christianity. with bones of varius martyrs. the Sacellum of San Prosdocimo. Ammannati. Guariento. Giustina 2 Basilica of St. which graces Padua and its province. The early and wide diffusion of Christianity in the Paduan territory is testified by the outstanding religious heritage. contains elements of an older church (12-13th c. thus representing one of the earliest places of worship in town. which dates back to the 6th century.
Anthony. lord of Padua. and Donatello’s bronze statues and reliefs on the main altar. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 12th century.4 Just few meters from the Basilica of St. George Oratory. the Antoniano Museum. one of the major places of Christian worship in the world. Many other churches. the most famous of which are the beautiful 14th century frescoes. keep unexpected treasures: the Eremitani Church has fine 14th century frescoes and the famous Mantegna’s cycle in the Ovetari chapel. in the Scoletta of the Basilica del Carmine you can admire a colourful 16th century fresco cycle. fresco cycle. adorned by various frescoes. An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 14th centuries. which was badly damaged during WW2. Sofia is one of the most ancient religious buildings of the town with great medieval architecture 5 and works of art realised between the 14th and the 20th century. Francesco il Vecchio da Carrara: the hundreds of saints portraied on the dome watched over Fina and Francesco’s tomb. A ten-minute walk leads to the Sanctuary of St. Anthony. a follower of Giotto’s. with about 5 million pilgrims visiting it every year. The breathtaking representation of the Paradise on the dome > 6 7 13 . The historical part of the city centre corresponds also to the heart of Christian Padua. In Piazza Duomo stands the sixteenth-century Cathedral. the Basilica also presents a unique pageant of Paduan past history – the shrine of St. The complex of the Basilica comprises four cloisters. inside. St. Its Baptistery represents one of the landmarks of Padua history. the church of St. three of which by Titian. which keeps the remains and the confessional cell of the beloved Dalmatian saint. it is lined with beautiful fourteenth-century frescoes by Giusto de’ Menabuoi. which is decorated by an enchanting 14th c. even though often less well-known. was commissioned by Fina Buzzaccarini. the Renaissance marble bas-reliefs. once placed exactly at the centre of the baptistery. and the Scuola del Santo. wife of the most eminent 14th c. Leopoldo Mandic. Giustina is the Basilica of St. the tombs and memorials of famous people.
when the abbey became one of the main centres for land reclamation and conversion into farmland of the whole Paduan territory. Michele’s Church at Pozzoveggiani Below. Few people know that the 18th century composer Giuseppe Tartini. It was founded in the 11thcentury but almost entirely rebuilt in the 15th century. very spiritual and peaceful.) and the church of Santa Maria del Pianto. Francesco 15th century frescoes and a Renaissance bronze funeral monument are kept. chief centres of Christian piety and learning for centuries. cloisters. the Monastery of Monte Rua. called Chiesa del Torresino. Praglia Abbey 1 The province of Padua is rich in religious buildings and monuments too.). Embedded in the greenery of the Euganean Hills. The church of St. Gaetano built on a plan of Vincenzo Scamozzi (16th c. Nestled on the top of the hill. Michele in Pozzoveggiani. St. Caterina. which is the result of the juxtaposition of a Romanesque building on an early-medieval one. the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria di Praglia is one of the oldest monasteries of the region. who wrote the opera Il trillo del diavolo (Devil’s Trill Sonata) is buried in the small church of St. in the church of St. Massimo: three beautiful paintings by Giovan Battista Tiepolo (17th c. More recent masterpieces are the church of St. Anthony at Arcella is the place where the saint died in 1231. for the central embattled tower. the painter who decorated many Italian villas. the medieval monastery with ancient refectory and guest house. is still a Camaldolite hermitage. and painted the ceiling frescoes in the palace of the Archbishop at Würzburg and the palace of Charles III of Spain in Madrid. the Old Library. 2 . The coenobia of the monastic orders have been peaceful retreats for scholars. 1 Monteortone of Abano Terme. Madonna della Salute Sanctuary 2 Padua. Stefano dall’Arzere and Giandomenico Tiepolo. Nicolò stands in one of the most lovely corners of the town and keeps works by Jacopo da Montagnana. and a crucifix attributed to the followers of Giotto’s. the little Romanesque church of St. Another ancient church is the Oratory of St.outside and a very spiritual atmosphere inside. The wide complex includes a fine Renaissance church (1448) with frescoes and paintings of Venetian school. A visit to these religious sites is a great experience for those who enjoy the sense of somewhere different. an unexpected surprise awaits the visitor of the church of St. and finally the worldwide famous book restoration centre.
The so called Santuario del Tresto was erected in 1468 in order to host a miraculous image of the Virgin. Many churches and sanctuaries are dedicated to the Virgin Mary and they often rise where a miraculous event took place. In the north of the province. following a divine command. who had appeared to a boatman. adorned by frescoes (14th c. guest-rooms. which destroyed almost all the main buildings which had been built up to that year. which the people believed to be miraculous. Once part of an important abbey. 3 In Este a church dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie (our Lady of the Graces) keeps a venerated Byzantine Madonna on wood realized in the 15th century. two important religious monuments are to be visited: the Cathedral. obtained a cure and. cloisters. stands the former monastery of San Salvaro with its ancient church dating back to the 11th c. dedicated to St. and a library with fine frescoes. Stefano at Due Carrare. Sanctuary of the Wallnut-tree 5 Piove di Sacco. In Piove di Sacco. built in 1484 to hold an effigy of Mary. 3 Torreglia. On the Monte della Madonna (Teolo) is the fifteenth-century Sanctuary of the Madonna. Anthony delivered a memorable sermon while standing at the top of a walnut-tree. the church survived the terrible earthquake of the year 1117. Anthony. The Abbey of Santa Maria di Carceri near Este is an ancient former monastery (12th century).) and a collection of old maps. As the legend goes. the most important centre of the south-eastern part of the province. which was partially converted into private mansion by the Carminati noble family at the end of the 17th century. prince of Padua at the beginning of the 14th century. stands the Santuario del Noce (Walnut-tree Sanctuary). Stefano’s Church still keeps its original medieval structure and belltower. which document the history of this part of the paduan territory. this small church was built precisely on the spot where St. Carceri Abbey . 4 5 An important example of the romanic style of North-East Italy is the church of St. in Camposampiero. Not far from Carceri. from the spot where it rises one can enjoy a beautiful view on the surrounding hills. in Urbana. Hermitage on the Mount Rua 4 Camposampiero. Giovanni Bellini’s Madonna with Child Below. dedicated to the most beloved saint of Padua and its province. St.Even though visitors are not allowed in the monastery. fine 11th century and 14th century mosaics and the tomb of Marsilio da Carrara. papers and finds. a certain Pietro Falco. exctracted from the healing water a panel representing the Madonna. St. Madonna delle Grazie Sanctuary. Another sanctuary dedicated to St. bathing himself in the grotto at the side of the present church to heal himself of the plague. The huge complex includes church and abbey. which is still displayed on the altar of the apse. Martin and the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie (our Lady of the Graces). with small Benedictine monastery and beautiful view on the surrounding landscape. The Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Monteortone in Abano Terme began its history in 1428 when a soldier. Mary is in Ospedaletto Euganeo.
narrated of the incredible skill of the Paduans in navigation. view of the waterway which flows around the ancient walls 8 Riviera del Brenta. Since then the history of Padua has been marked by waters.C. Ognissanti Gate 10 Battaglia Terme. 2 The great Greek historian and geographer Strabon wrote that Patavium was the most important town of the region and ancient chronicles report of the great number of wares that left its harbour towards Rome thus proving the presence of a flourishing and dynamic people and economy. Titus Livius (or Livy). The city thrived until the barbarian onslaughts and the subsequent Langobard invasion. First during the Commune government and then during the Da Carrara Seigneury and the Venetian domination the excavations realized to control and exploit the waters led to the creation of a dense network of navigable canals.A province of waters. they defeated the fleet of the Spartan King Cleonimus.D. when in the year 302 B.C. During the Roman age Patavium was one of the most thriving commerce centres of the Roman Empire. author of one of the more veritable versions of the history of the Roman Republic. During the four centuries of the Venetian domination waterways were used to transport an impressive quantity of wares and goods from the paduan territory to Venice and Venetian noblemen could easily navigate them to reach 1 3 1-3 4 5 6 7 4 Paduan waterways Canale Battaglia riverbank Onara Marsh Canoeing on the Bacchiglione River Padua. Recovery was slow and Padua’s great canal network played again a fundamental role. tourist navigation in front of Villa Giovannelli at Noventa Padovana 9 Padua. which took place from the fourth to the seventh century. This network connected Padua with the surrounding territory and with all the most important towns of the Veneto region. the famous Roman historian. Already in the 1st century A. Museum of River Navigation 5 16 . The first settlement of Padua arose around the 12th century B. as it had an ever increasing strategic importance in the fights for the territorial supremacy. real and true “water motorways”. inside a wide bend of the river Medoacus. the actual river Brenta.
old maps. called Naviglio Interno. the way to the Venetian Lagoon. burci. peote. the Brenta River and its imposing villas. flows 6 The burci (or burchi). sandoli. In the last years a great programme of waterways recovering and restoring has given impulse to the tourist navigation along Paduan canals and rivers. flows through the city centre to the Porte Contarine. the typical Venetian barges. equipment. which displays about four thousand pieces (boats. represents still today the primary water source for the city: its waters enter in Padua from the South and flow along the Renaissance walls to the Ezzelino Castle. The Bacchiglione river. 19-20).e. The story of river navigation and the life of the ‘barcari’ (boatmen) are widely narrated in the Museum of River Navigation in Battaglia Terme. gondole.. padovane and burchielli. follows the internal side of the walls. Here the Bacchiglione bifurcates: the link wing. 9 10 17 . In the Divine Comedy Dante reports that “As sometimes wherries lie upon the shore. and were populated by fix and floating watermills. the Euganea Riviera with its enchanting vegetation and historical sites. books and documents) housed in an historical little palace built in beautiful position at the confluence of two canals. 7 8 downwards along the medieval walls to the old Carmine Basilica. part on land.the Euganean Hills and the paduan countryside.. That part are in the water. after which the Tronco Maestro and the Naviglio interno flow together and form the Piovego canal. the right wing. where they erected their magnificent villas. i. called Tronco Maestro. historic photos. could easily moor anywhere along the river banks. which in the past connected Vicenza with Padua.” (Hell. Until the middle of the 20th century Paduan waterways were sailed by all sort of boats: rafts. vv. canto XVII. The itineraries include the navigation along the internal canals with beautiful views on the walls.
They are the ideal site for a healing. The secret is in the spa water. A. From the chemical point of view these waters are classified as hyperthermal sodiobromidiodic waters. Terme Euganee. the god of thermal waters. 18 .). Battaglia and Monteortone of Teolo. During this time they take on mineral sals and finally reach the Euganean Spas where they spring forth at a temperature of 87°C. and rich thermal baths: this is how the Fons Aponi appeared in Roman times. a partly-covered amphitheatre also used for shows on water. passing through calcareous rocks and into the subsoil at a depth of approximately 80 kilometer route that takes an average of 25/30 years. 1 The healing virtues of the Terme Euganee waters were already appreciated by the Euganean people. International Artistic Glass and Spa Museum. a mysterious god who said the future through the hot waters. During the Roman age (1st-2nd c. over 2000 years of health and well-being. The growing interest in the spas led the Da Carrara family. 1 Abano Terme. They are of meteroic origin and derive from the uncontaminated basins of the Lessini Mountains in the foothills of the Alps. Villa Draghi On the left. with the two main centres of Abano and Montegrotto and the smaller ones of Galzignano.D. Mud therapy 3 Thermal pool 4 Montegrotto Terme. The spas were attended both for healing and religious reasons: the legend says that one of the roman Emperors went to the Fons Aponi to have the response of the Gerione oracle. rulers of Padua in the 14th c. one of its kind in the world. The abundance of the dissolved substances make this water a unique thermal resource.Terme Euganee. uplifting and fun spa holiday. reflection walks. places of cult. the Euganean Spas (Terme Euganee). 5 Golf on the Euganean Hills 2 Surrounded by the relaxing greenery of the Euganean Hills.. the Fons Aponi (Aponus’spring) became very important and famous. which falls into the category of deep underground waters. who over 2000 years ago had a sacred lake here for the veneration of the God Aponus. are famous worldwide for the mud and spa treatments. monumental gateway to the Montirone 2 Montegrotto Terme. The imperial palace. patrician villas and residences.
mushrooms. Thanks to the modern. cycling. The survey was led by the University of Padua and it continues still today thanks to the studies of the Centro Studi Termali Veneto Pietro D’Abano (Spa Study Centre). balneotherapy.Montegrotto Terme. you can regain your vigour. muds. ancient abbeys and monasteries. horse riding. villas. Besides the astonishing abilities to aid and restore. which combines wholesome food and genuine wines. rock-climbing. the thermal waters are also used in beauty treatments. relax and achieve that lost sense of well-being. lends itself to numerous activities. The Euganean Hills. And last but not the least. omelettes and other specialties. too. jogging or simply walking along the paths of the hills. are most inviting for those who wish to keep in shape or enjoy sports. which mixes modern facilities and beautiful natural environment.the Study Centre performs systematic research into the thermal medicine and constantly monitors the effects of fangotherapy in order to guarantee the utmost quality. After the spa treatments a wide range of sports and outdoor activities can be practised in the area. The spa hotels are specialized in the various spa treatments: fangotherapy. 5 . Among the hills you will find historical monuments. such as golf. Here nature has helped create the special flavours of the traditional dishes. Butterfly Arc 3 to promote a deep survey of the waters. Through in-depth study of the primary components of the thermal resources –water. In fact. The historical and artistical heritage is vast. you will be surprised 4 to discover the excellent local cuisine. this context. algae. hydrokinetic therapy and inhalation therapy. especially in Spring and in Autumn. museums. offering. numerous varieties of wild herbs. produce of the undergrowth and vegetables to be used in risottos. accomodating bath establishments. castles. which surround the spas.
Valbona Castle is a very well preserved 13th c. The wide halls of the medieval Monselice castle superbly exemplifies the tranformation which defensive buildings underwent during the Renaissance age. The castle boasts a reastaurant and a photographic display about the Paduan castles. These grand buildings along with their historical gardens witness the age-long strategic importance of this territory and its cultural and economic vitality. The wide complex includes medieval rooms. who was famous for his military skill and for having invented the howitzer. building and one of the most interesting examples of medieval military fortification. beautiful halls with original 14th c. Croce has a distinct sense of history and a picturesque rural setting along the banks of the Bacchiglione river. Venetian villas are amongst the most precious gems of the Paduan territory.) in Cervarese 1 St. Enhanced by wide gardens or age-old parks. After one of the greatest fly actions of the past century. Its scenographic mass comprises a 16th c. Catajo Castle 2 Monselice Castle. Hot-air balloons Hall 3 4 20 . took place here in 1918. Martino della Vaneza castle (11th c. which illustrates the history of flight. to satisfy the agricultural and recreational needs of their noble owners. The castle is surrounded by extensive parkland. fireplaces later parts added or enlarged in the 16th -17th c. Pelagio Castle. Pelagio was converted into private mansion house by the Zaborra family in the 18th c. central body with the famous Sala della Chitarra Rovesciata (Hall of the upside-down guitar).Villas and Castles. hall with typical carrarese fireplace 3 Lozzo Atestino. This huge property keeps beautiful frescoes and is enhanced by a wide park with architectonical decorations. architect Avesani arranged the interior of the castle into an interesting air museum. which are still on display. Three imposing castles rise at a short distance one from the other. these magnificent dwellings were realised between the 15th and the 18th c. One of the most interesting itineraries among medieval towns and castles develops in the south western part of the province. It contains a museum dedicated to the river Bacchiglione. i. Villa Contarini majestically dominates the town of Piazzola sul Brenta. The 14th c. St. And important collection of old arms and armours. On the Euganean Hills still rise two of the most ancient castles of the Paduan Province. Set in peacefully surroundings at the foot of the Lozzo hill. barchesse (lean-to). long monumental 17th c. Valbona Castle 4 Due Carrare. The Catajo castle in Battaglia Terme is actually a mansion house. Imposing strongholds and beautiful villas surrounded by luxuriant gardens are scattered throughout the Paduan province. when the military function ceased and castles and strongholds were converted into luxury private dwellings. and 50 hectares of parkland 2 1 Battaglia Terme. with the imposing appearance of a castle by Pio Enea I degli Obizzi. The ancient St. wide semicircular arcades.e. Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio’s flight to Vienna. It was erected in the 16th c. castle of St.
frescoes. Fogazzaro and Bruce Chatwin. In the same town stands Villa Marcello. From the balcony you can still enjoy the superb view on the hills. A fairy-tale atmosphere 5 Piombino Dese. houses a famous wine-cellar and the Stradon del Vin Friularo Association. lies Villa dei Vescovi. of the Veneto region. the elegant Villa Emo Capodilista. A great number of villas crowd into the green landscape of the Euganean Hills. Petrarch. which was built on a plan by Sansovino (1537-40). With its open loggias and multicoloured external walls it represents one of the first examples of the characteristic venetian “pictorial” architectures. Fine villas adorn the rural landscape of the Saccisica region. a masterpiece by Andrea Palladio. is Villa Cornaro (1551-52). Not far away from Villa Contarini. villas 5 surrounds the beautiful Villa Selvatico-Sartori lying in enchanting position at the top of St. Many other mansions are scattered throughout the area which includes the medieval walled towns of Monselice. The wide halls are decorated by sixteenth-century Frescoes attributed to Paolo Veronese. in Piombino Dese. among them troubadoric poets. the halls of which are decorated by 17th c. Nestled at the top of a gentle hill. retains original ceilings and furniture. Elena Hill. Villa Contarini 6 . lakes and tree-lined avenues. poets and writers. villa planned by Falconetto. one of the preferred destination of wine’s lovers. Villa Cornaro 6 Arquà Petrarca. In Luvigliano. It is a monumental house with loggias and a central hall adorned with white statues and columns. and Montagnana. A few kilometres farther on is another beautiful mansion. which depict episodes from the life of Charles the Great and of the Olympian Gods. Petrarch’s House Below. which was one of the favourite inspiring lands for generations of artists. The wide park which surrounds the villa hosts the monthly antiques market. An imposing staircase leads to the villa. Its scenographic park was designed by architect Giuseppe Jappelli. writers and craftsmen who have drawn inspiration from the hills. Today the noble dwelling. In Bagnoli di Sopra Villa Widmann was particularly famous in the 18th-century when Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni played in the private theatre of the mansion. Foscolo. a 16th c. Another fine country mansion is Villa Roberti in Brugine. The whole area can be the ideal destination to discover the places of importance to the many artists. Shelley. in Selvazzano represents one of the most original 16th c. Byron. garden and beautiful halls decorated by frescoes. a sixteenth-century building with wide barchesse. Piazzola sul Brenta. The house of the great Italian poet Francesco Petrarca (14th c. which is surrounded by wide park with numerous statues. which started developping in that period. Villa Garzoni Carraretto.with fish ponds. which enchanted the poet and inspired him some of his verses and letters.) in Arquà Petrarca. Este.
A famous labyrinth enhances the property. borders and lawns are studded with masses of narcissi. The garden of Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio ranges among the most important in Europe. park surrounds Villa Miari de Cumani in St. 1 The mild climate of the region and the skill of passionate gardeners and garden designers have left in the area a host of glorious gardens and centuries old parks. The mansion. greenhouse. Elena d’Este.) and concluded by Osvaldo Paoletti in 1870 with a lake and grotto. water games. roses reflect their colourful shapes in the water below.Historical gardens and parks. cascades. Classical and romantic elements combine harmoniously and constitute a precious patrimony of statues. An 8 ha. During the Spring and the early Summer the garden is at its best with fruit trees in blossom. fishponds and brooks. architectonical decorations. characterized by embattled towers and walls. It was re-designed on a grand scale around the middle Seventeenth century by the venetian aristocrat Giovan Francesco Barbarigo. 2 3 4 22 5 . Plenty of water enlivens an extraordinary universe of fountains. loggias. The sheer variety and abundance of flowers and shrubs is one of the most amazing characteristics of the garden of Villa Emo in Rivella di Monselice. the beautiful romantic park partially created by the Venetian architect Giuseppe Jappelli (19th c. masses of brilliant day lilies create extraordinary borders. is part of a wide complex which includes rural houses.
the playwright Carlo Goldoni. Its artificial grottos are quite suggestive. Villa Valmarana 7 Noventa Padovana. comprises an Italian-style garden and romantic English-style park with chapel. which mixes English style garden 6 7 6 Noventa Padovana. Imposing plane-trees and centuries old oaks crowd the Frassanelle Park. Villa Barbarigo 10 23 . Villa Emo Capodilista La Montecchia Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme. Villa Barbarigo St. on the ruins of an ancient castle and keeps 18th c. A charming trip among villas and gardens. rural buildings. and restored in the 18th c. which surrounds Villa Pisani Scalabrin in Vescovana.The luxuriant park. the Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. Villa Widmann Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme. a superb tour which enchanted poets and travellers. In this small town rise some of the most beautiful villas of the area: Villa Giovanelli with its imposing façade was erected in 1670 in palladian style. Villa Selvatico Sartori 8 features and romantic park elements. the scientist Galileo Galilei. statues and an 18th c. such as Lord Byron and Goethe. The riviera del Brenta continues following the course of the river from Stra to Venice. Elena d’Este. Villa Emo 10 Battaglia Terme. The park was celebrated by English writer Margaret Symonds in her book “Days spent on a Doge’s farm”. frescoes. a wide rural complex built at the end of the 16th c. Villa Miari de’ Cumani Selvazzano. theatre. 9 1 2 3 4 5 Bagnoli di Sopra. Villa Pisani Scalabrin Park 9 Rivella di Monselice. Villa Grimani Valmarana was built in the 15th c. Villa Giustiniani. barchesse. The famous Riviera del Brenta with its beautiful villas starts at Noventa Padovana. Villa Giovannelli 8 Vescovana. neo-gothic little temple.
which founded it in 1220. which was consecrated in 1256. Besides the walls Cittadella offers a lot to visit such as the works of art inside the Duomo (cathedral) and its Museum. In 1942 it was made a museum by Count Vittorio Cini who added a rich collection of arms and furniture. it houses a number of important works or art and a fine beamed ceiling (1787). Monselice has an enchanting historical centre which develops around the slopes of the Citadel Hill. the Palazzo Pretorio (Magistrate’s Hall). 12 towers and 12 turrets of various heights. Paolo (St. the Town Hall. Palazzo Pretorio. After passing through the doorway 4 24 Above. 54). fresco detail . Giustina.. Bassano Gate Cittadella. Porta Treviso.. Continuing the ascent is the 16th century Villa Nani Moncenigo and after it the old Pieve di St. The four major towers correspond to the four gates: Porta Bassano. 1 In the year 1239 the town was further fortified by will of Emperor Frederic II. which keeps an early medieval crypt with 13th century frescoes. The ancient town of Cittadella. The settlement started life as a military outpost of Padua. the Carraresi and the Scaligeri until in 1338 it was conquered by the Da Carrara noble family of Padua. is one of the most interesting walled towns in Europe. Cathedral 3 eighteenth century. who ordered extensive fortification works and the building of the castle. which was built by Ezzelino da Romano in 1251 as a gruesome prison for his enemies. The first stop is at the Chiesa di S. Maria del Torresino and the Torre di Malta. Porta Padova incorporates the Church of St. Taking the Via del Santuario you reach the Castello (Castle) a fortress dating from the late Middle Ages. and was later enlarged and completed by the Langobards in the fifth century. re-built by Ezzelino da Romano in the 13th c. The town walls are still intact with a circumference of 1461 m. a domination which lasted until the end of the 2 1 2 3 4 Cittadella Cittadella. the nineteenth-century Teatro Sociale. Paul’s church). which dates back to the 14th century. with its elliptical and perfectly preserved medieval walls. The town was later contended by the most important families who dominated the region in the fourteenth century. 32 sections and 12 Guelf merlons. the Estensi.Medieval walled towns. which is decorated by the town clock and the coat-of-arms of the Commune of Padova and of the Da Carrara family). The beautiful walk from piazza Mazzini to the top of the hill reveals the most important historical events of the town through its main monuments. Cittadella. Porta Vicenza and Porta Padova (or Porta Nuova. with a neo-classical façade projected by Giuseppe Jappelli. The defensive function and the setting out of the citadel (Rocca) date back to the Roman times. Teatro Sociale Cittadella. named also by Dante in the verses of the Divina Commedia (Paradise IX. the Podestà palace and the Archeologic Museum housed in the Torre di Malta. In 1405 following an enervating siege lasting a full year it became part of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. enlarged by the Da Carrara family and transformed into a residence by the Marcello Venetian noble family.
7 5 Monselice. and a spectacular exedra mark the end of the route. From here a stairway and path lead to the top of the hill (150 m) dominated by the imposing Mastio Federiciano (Frederick’s stronghold). Giustina (old cathedral) 8 Monselice. Antica Pieve of St. Monselice. Villa Duodo. Before the year 589 the river Adige flew through the town and along its banks important religious and cultural Paleovenetian settlements developed in pre-roman age. Castle 7 Monselice. Villa Duodo 6 Monselice. The Porta Romana (Roman gate) erected in 1651 marks the entry to the Jubilee Sanctuary of the Seven Churches designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi on commission from the Duodo Venetian noble family. A short drive away is the elegant town of Este.5 6 of the ‘count’s lion’ you reach the wide panorama of the rotonda. The mansion of the Duodo family. the City Hall Below. Sanctuary of the Seven Churches 8 .
the 20th century registered the presence of Bruce Chatwin and Emma Tennant at Villa Albrizzi. are one of the main attractions of the town. who erected their castle and fortified the town. ceramics Este. The Cathedral keeps a beautiful painting by Giambattista Tiepolo (1759) and the tomb of Blessed Beatrice d’Este. The imposing remains of the castle. and a beautiful collection of ceramics. who dedicated their lyrics to her. Ca’ Pesaro Este. Castle Este. who died in 1226 when she was only 26 years old.The town became one of the most important Italian centres after the year 1000 thanks to the presence of the Estensi family. which scenographically descend from the top of the hill downwards for about one kilometer. in the 19th century the great romantic English poets Byron and Shelley spent a long and intense holiday at Villa Kunkler. The charme of this town attracted poets and artists 5 26 6 . too. The fine rooms of the Atestino National Museum house a great number of items from Paleovenetian and Roman times. Este is worldwide famous for the production of artistic and foreign troubadours and ministrels met at the court of Azzo VI of Este. Castle Este. Atestino National Museum. In the 13th century the castle became one of the most important centres of troubadoric poetry as many Italian 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 Este. The religious heritage of the town is very rich. Paleoveneti bronzes 2 3 4 even in more recent times: in the 16th century a great numbers of artists gathered at the dwelling of Alvise Cornaro a rich and generous patron of art and culture of Venetian origins. The circle of walls was later enlarged by the Da Carrara family and by the Venetians. Situla Benvenuti Este. the daughter of the Marquis of Este. Her beauty and virtue had enchanted many poets.
flag-wavers. compete the palio (horse-race) to win the prize. St. medieval walls 8 production area. musicians. Zeno Castle. Estensi’s Days in Este (June). The walls have a circumference of about two kilometers with two gates and 24 towers. The other gate. is a real jewel of military architecture. picturesque markets and medieval fayres. one of the two gates. medieval walls 9 Montagnana. play games from the middle ages. The fortified city centre remains one of the best preserved and most charming examples of a walled city in Europe. dominated by the Cathedral (works of art by Sansovino and Paolo Veronese inside). Close to Porta Padova is Villa Pisani a work by Andrea Palladio (1553-1555). Palio of Montagnana (1st Sunday in September). during which costumed performers. The glorious past of these beautiful medieval towns is recreated in spectacular historical re-enactments and medieval festivals. The narrow porticoed streets of the town lead to the wide Vittorio Emanuele Square. was erected in 1242 and now hosts the Town Museum. It was erected in 1360 by the will of Francesco I the Elder of the Da Carrara family. invade the streets. The most important medieval events are: Palio of Trambaque at Cervarese St. The year ends with the Medieval New Year in Montagnana (last Sunday in December). Rocca’s Joust in Monselice (3rd Sunday in Semptember) and Voices from the Middle Ages in Cittadella (end September-early October). and recreate the typical medieval atmosphere in vigorous and colourful tournaments. Palio of the 10 Communes 8 Montagnana. The last walled town in the south-western part of the province of Padua is Montagnana. Rocca degli Alberi.7 ceramics. Montagnana is situated at the centre of the Veneto Berico Euganeo Sweet Ham 7 Montagnana. Croce Castle (May). 9 .
Leaving the Euganean Hills and going eastwards. (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wines including the well-known Cabernet Franc. among them the Grape Festival. who gathered at the Estensi court in the 12th century to the most important Italian and foreign writers of the past centuries such as Byron. the wide extents of vineyards. which takes place every year in September in Vo’ Euganeo. olive-yards and woods and visit historical monuments and museums. Either by bicycle or on foot or even on horseback you will admire the Hills’rich flora.The Euganean Hills and other natural oases. peas. where time seems to stand still. who spent here the last years of his life. Fogazzaro and Bruce Chatwin. cuckoos. Serprino and Moscato Fior d’Arancio. Following one of the numerous signposted pathways of the Parco Colli is an excellent way to discover the magic of this unique natural oasis. Their peculiar skyline created by the sequence of about 100 hills of varying heights and shapes immediately catches the traveller’s eye. The Park counts 15 towns and villages with great natural and historical heritage. Other typical products of the hills are honey. The enchanting landscape of the hills has attracted and inspired generations of poets. cherries. the Euganean Hills cover nearly 20. The Euganean Hills. Local feasts and village festivals celebrate these products. The gem of the hills is the medieval village of Arquà Petrarca. The climate is particularly mild and allows extensive wine and oil-growing with excellent results: there are a full 13 D. Villa Tolomei estate 2 Portrait of Francesco Petrarca Below. The gentle landscapes of the Euganean Hills are one of the main attractions and tourist destinations of the Paduan territory.from the typical Mediterranean shrublands to chestnut groves and mixed oak woods . Some places are ideal to observe the little inhabitants of the wood. spotted salamanders. foxes and stonemartens. sparrow-hawks. keeping the magic of the Middle Ages intact. Sauvignon. The Mount Venda (601 mt.000 hectares. Shelley. meadows. Its peaceful atmosphere attracted the great Italian poet Francesco Petrarca.) is the highest mountain and marks the centre of the hills. and jujubes). where different varieties of vegetation . Protected since 1989 by the Colli Euganei Regional Park. Chardonnay. you meet the green Saccisica. The hills arose during the volcanic activity in the Tertiary Era (between 30 and 40 million year ago) and are characterized by a special ecosystem. in particular slow-worms. writers and artists: from the provençal troubadours.unfold around the slopes of the hills. cheese and seasonal fruits (chestnuts. Foscolo. which together with the Conselvano form a fertile countryside. 1 Torreglia. view of Teolo Church 1 2 .C. badgers.O.
reeds. 3 4 5 6 7 The Euganean Hills at sunset Valle Millecampi Orchard on the Euganean Hills Saccisica. which were originally built with very simple materials such as clay. it is easy to see the casoni. which they often celebrate during popular feasts and ‘sagre’ (village festivals) dedicated to the agricultural produce such as the famous sweet potato of Anguillara. works of hydraulics especially built in the 19th century to avoid floods and now considered noteworthy examples of industrial archaeology. the typical rural houses of the area. The inhabitants of this part of the province are very proud of their ancient traditions 5 rich in multi-coloured fields and orchards. the grappa of Conselve and the DOC wines. which create an environment of great naturalistic and anthropological interest. view of the countryside Cinto Euganeo. straw and wood. and the Legnaro Court. The Correzzola Benedictine Court. Travelling through this part of the paduan province. the radicchio of Maserà. 7 6 and rural origins. It was thanks to the presence of the monks that vast areas of marshy land were reclaimed and destined to agricultural purposes with the introduction of new cultivation systems. At the far south-eastern borders of the Saccisica the territory includes a portion of lagoon. Some casoni have been recently restored and are now part of the cultural heritage of the province of Padua. stretches of brackish water. crossed by an extraordinary network of waterways. now meeting centre. former Cava Bomba kiln. villas and mansions. typical lagoon islets submerged at regular interval. The rural landscape is characterized by the presence of numerous country-houses. now partially transformed into hotel. old Benedictine courts. This territory has always been the Paduan countryside and the beloved hinterland and “endless granary” of the Venetian nobility. are among the best preserved medieval courts. the Valle Millecampi: 1. now Museum 29 .3 4 Other distinctive buildings of this area are the idrovora (water-scooping machines).581 hectares of typical lagoon environment with canals of fresh water.
fluvial and on the plain. stuffings and traditional cakes. deserve a mention. The Euganean Hills are a real and true mine of wild herbs. is the Prosciutto Veneto Berico Euganeo better known as Montagnana sweet raw ham. rice with pumpkin. game and pig. A great variety of seasonal products feeds it in its diversity of lagoons. rice with chiken livers. The area also has a long tradition of oil production. and the still existing and working oil-mill in Valnogaredo dates back to the 18th century. wines. vegetable soup. the famous bigoli. tripe and baccalà (stockfish) Honey is produced both in the Millefiori (obtained from different types of flowers) and in the one-flower variety. such as codesini (tails). omelettes. risi e bisi (rice and peas). truffle. soppresse.O. etc. valleys. bondiola col lengual (sausage with tongue). especially those seasoned with duck ragout. Tasteful and simple it is based on genuine local products: rice. excellent wines and oils. luganeghe. Documents report of the existence of an oil-mill already in the 14th century. A specialty of Torreglia are the torresani (tower doves). sausages and luganeghe with polenta.On the table the flavours of a generous land. Among the starters.C. The cooking of the Montagnana and Este districts are influenced by the near Polesine area. the quality carefully controlled and certified by the Consorzio Vini Colli Euganei. The oenogastronomic tradition of the Euganean Hills can be discovered through the itineraries and suggestions of the Strada del Vino Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills Wine Route Association). quails and game of the plain and of the Po Delta. besoms Grape-gathering time 1 2 with white or yellow polenta. but the most famous of all. The area boasts thirteen D. a dish which is rarely served today and based on the conservation of goose cuts in their fat. In spring and in autumn nature helps create special flavours. The oil has a particularly fruity flavour and an after taste that hints of sweet almonds. 30 9 10 3 4 . “Going for food and wine in the Paduan territory means going for surprises and nostalgia such as one would never find elsewhere” Orio Vergani. hills. in particular acacia and chestnut honey. pasta e fasoi (pasta and beans). 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Typical products Schissotto bread Bondiola sausage Typical Wine-cellar of the Euganean Hills Jujubes specialities Polverara hen Padovana hen Veneto Berico Euganeo Raw Sweet Ham Old crafts. Tasteful examples of the typical Paduan cuisine are the numerous minestre maridae (soups with rice and pasta). Writer and journalist The Paduan cuisine combines high quality ingredients with a traditional simple way of cooking. offering numerous varieties of wild herbs and undergrowth products which are used in risottos. One of the most ancient recipes of this district is the oca in onto (goose). Actually this is the area of the rites connected with the butchering of the pig and from it come forth the most unthought-of creations.
5 Dishes of game. A great importance has also the jewellery sector. which. continues in a springing up of knitwear and textile factories. a green land characterised by wide expanses of fields and a huge number of farms. geese. The closeness to the lagoon influences the cuisine of the area. Padua and its province boast a rich tradition of handicrafts . arna rosta (roasted duck). . The abundance of water and the wide extent of permanent meadows encourage the production of excellent cheese. The south-eastern area of the Paduan Province. It is not rare to find restaurants which include in their menus fish specialties (both sea and river fish. 6 The traditional list of desserts includes the zaleti (biscuits made with maize porridge flour) and the Pazientini. copperwork (wrought and embossed). such as ironwork. is the reign of the Friularo Wine and of poultry. Dishes made with horse or pony meat are a peculiar culinary tradition of this territory. the so called Saccisica. needle-work and tanning. together with the Paduan hen are considered the best Italian chickens. 7 8 9 10 Arts and Crafts. baccalà and radicchio (lettuce-type vegetable but purplish red in colour) are also frequently served in this area. the ceramics production (of great value the Estensi’s ones). Typical handicrafts can be admired on the occasion of the numerous arts&crafts exhibitions and fairs or during local feasts and festivals. when great attention is often dedicated to this sector. The textile craft. The typical dishes of the Alta Padovana (northern part of the Province) are strictly linked to the local tradition and based on seasonal products. Other distinctive crafts of the area are the enamel painting of home accessories. there survives a widespread respect to tradition and it is still possible to find polenta e osei (polenta with small quail birds cooked on a spit). but also frogs). biscuits made with almonds and hazel-nuts. The origins of all the main handicraft sectors. but above all the famous Polverara hen. Even though in this part of the province there is a great fervour of gastronomic initiative. together with game or roasts. the restoration of antique furniture (this activity is very diffused in the Montagnana area). which was the main source of Paduan medieval economy. Here the polenta is truly queen. Ducks.it can truly be considered an “artisan province”. marsoni fritti (fried fish). also in its sweet version (polentina). such as Asiago. casting copper (the Situla Benvenuti displayed at the Atestino National Museum is a pre-Roman masterpiece of copper working). wild ducks. and the luccio (pike) of the Brenta river. Montasio and Grana Padano. the production of wooden furniture.
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