We are in the green inland of Venice, at the center of its cycle paths that develop like a complex network that covers a vast territory.
Things not to be missed in the Euganean Hills:
- Arquà Petrarca: the second most beautiful medieval village in Italy
- Tasting of DOC and DOCG volcanic wines in a local winery
- The boat tour with four gondoliers of the local rowing club on a Venetian traditional wood boat (caorlina)
Arrival in the late afternoon and check in at a 4* star hotel located in the area of the Euganean Hills. There you will meet your tourist guide for the weekend.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take your bike and leave with the rest of the group and the guide for a full day discovering the Euganean Hills. The bike tour is easy and has a small difference level.
Some corners are amazing, like the one where the view is dominated by Villa Draghi and the Catajo Castle. You will reach Battaglia Terme, an ancient river port, a veritable open air museum with curious hydraulic artifacts and Venetian bridges. The view is never the same and soon you will reach Monselice, a walled town.
You will make a pleasant detour from the cycle ring to reach Arquà Petrarca, the second most beautiful medieval village in Italy where you will visit the House of Francesco Petrarca and taste the famous “Brodo di giuggiole” a local liquor.
After the free lunch, the itineray takes you close to the Lispida Castle, a historic residence that houses important wineries.
You will then discover the Gardens of Villa Barbarigo with its baroque architecture, water trisks, fountains and statues. Also called “the little Versailles” and “The Pearl of the Euganean Hills”, the Baroque Monumental Garden of 1665 is considered one of the most important gardens in Europe.
You will stop at a winery on the Euganean Hills: after a visit to the vineyards,you will have a guided tasting of the DOC wines, including Serprino and Fior d’Arancio, the only DOCG in the area. You will understand how the volcanic origin of the hills influences the type of soil and the production of wines .
You will return by bike for free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
After the breakfast and the check out, you are ready for the boat excursion on Battaglia canal.
This boat tour is an authentic experience with four gondoliers of the local rowing club and a Venetian traditional wood boat (caorlina).
This hilly area is entirely surrounded by waterways. In the past, the stone extracted from the local quarries was shipped along these canals toward Venice in order to pave the Saint Mark’s Square, quaysides and roads.
Not only goods, but also people travelled by water. Your departure is from the Catajo castle and you will imagine for one hour being one of the Venetian and Paduan noblemen that travelled along these canals to reach their summer residences built in this area.