SOUTH EUGANEAN HILLS DAY EXCURSION
South Euganean hills day excursion. As a result, this is the solution to visit a castle and have a little walk to enjoy a great view of the plain passing by interesting buildings of the renaissance. As follow, you will visit the town of Petrarch with a free time for lunch. Hence you will discover a beautiful garden. You will end the sightseeing visiting a winery and testing their product.
Monselice is a fortified site from the Lombards, founded in the south Euganean hills area. And it 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, there is 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 trough 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.
Seems like the town and the hilly context of Arquà Petrarca changed a little. At least from when Francesco Petrarca chose them to spend the last four years of his life. And also they buried him here like he asked. Arquà grows around the church square in the south Euganean hills, where since 1389 there is the tomb of Petrarch. Hence a fifteenth century bust of the poet is on the tomb. Walking up through Via Roma, you reach the house of Petrarch. In the 20s of the twentieth century they made an important restoration. Like also the main room with the fourteenth century ceiling. Hence you find on the left the dining room and the studio. Furthermore, on the right the fireplace room and the room known as of the visions.
GARDEN OF VILLA BARBARIGO
The garden of this Villa is located in the south Euganean hills area. This garden is one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the most intricate and unspoiled. For sure among the Venetian baroque gardens. The design of the garden Valsanzibio is simple but deceptive, just around the main axis. And that was a feature of the Baroque garden design of Italy. Hence, the long axis continues up a cypress avenue and climbs the hill behind the villa. In the front, it takes the form of a lengthy tapis vert. Also punctuated by fountains and enclosed by high beech hedges.
A cross axis, running east to west, takes water as its inspiration. And also we find a series of pools, fountains, and cascades that are unique in the Veneto. A play that carries the eye in a prospettiva d’acqua, which rises up towards the wooded green Euganean Hills.
Therefore, the garden of Valsanzibio is not terraced, as in Tuscany or Rome. But they left it to be a natural element in the composition. In conclusion, beside the two main axes, the garden is into sections. Hence as squares or rectangles, each with its own character or theme.
THE EUGANEAN HILLS WINES
As we can see, the Euganean Hills rise up from a flat earth. And first of all, they are the result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Hence the landscape is in fact, a succession of a perfect geometry of vineyards, villages and medieval castles. And also villas from the Renaissance and patrician houses. Furthermore, along your way you will find churches, hermitages and monasteries. Hence, in our times, the Benedictine and the Camaldolese live in these religious sites.
In our “Culture and leisure” section we propose some other day excursion in the Veneto region.