Montagnana and Monselice, this is a full day excursion with a professional multilingual driver to visit these medieval towns. The tour includes also a visit and tasting in a building that was a monastic center close to Montagnana. It is suggested a professional local guide. This journey takes place in the south of the Euganean Hills, in the province of Padua.
Montagnana has a well preserved walls of the Middle Ages which surround the historic center for almost 2 km. Therefore, in the 10th century, they built a first small fort in order to protect the town. And then it became the feudal center of the Marchesi D’Este. Hence in the 12th century, we find various battles fought in this area. Between the troops of Ezzelino III da Romano and the Guelph faction led by the Este Family.
Hence, at the end, Ezzelino with his troops conquers the town and rebuilds the fort where he adds the Mastio. That is the most ancient and higher tower of Montagnana. In the 14th century, Montagnana passed under the control of the Carraresi lords of Padua. And also the Carraresi add to the town new surrounding walls.
In 1405 the town of Montagnana chooses to join the Republic of Venice, that helps to grow its economy. For sure thanks to the investments of the Venetian Nobles. Hence that enriched the town with magnificent buildings and precious masterpieces.
Visit and tasting
Visit and tasting in a building that was a monastic center. Hence, this is an interesting setting in the southern area of the region. For sure a complex interested over the centuries by wars, trade, and the migrations. This site inspires to create a museum of the history of the Ancient Roads. As a result, we find examples of the southern area of this region. Most of all, the museum is the center of the historic documentation that traces the development of the territory. And also the birth of the ancient roads of the area and the street life at that time.
Monselice is a fortified site from the Lombards that becomes a commune in the Middle Ages. As a result, under the rules of Ezzelino which improves also the defensive walls system. Hence from 1327 Monselice becomes a domain of the Carraresi lords of Padua. And after it passes to the Republic of Venice in 1405.
The castle of Monselice is a complex of buildings which consist of Four main parts. And first of all, the construction and the renovation date back between the eleventh and the sixteenth century. Therefore, the walking tour continues along the path that follows the slope of the hill. On the left, you can see the staircase and some grotesque statues. They are part of Villa Mocenigo that dates back the renaissance. Further up you find the old Cathedral of St Justine built in Romanesque style in 1256 and restored in 1935. Continuing, you will pass through two columns surmounted by two lions and a gate.
And here you will walk through a series of six chapels. Hence they accompany the ascent to the area of Villa Duodo. As a result, Scamozzi has designed all the complex. Therefore, in the church next to the villa there are the relics of 25 Christians protomartyrs. Justifying the granting of indulgence by Pope Paul V.
In addition to this day excursion, we propose also the castles route that follows the traces of the Scaligers.