The Euganean Hills are one of the most beautiful hilly area in the north of Italy, completely surrounded by a cycling path, next to the city of Padua, in the inland of Venice.
Bikes delivery and free parking at the Resort Radisson blu at Galzignano Terme, very close to the Circular bike path of the Euganean hills.
You will follow the bike path and part of the same road that the great Italian poet, Francesco Petrarca, followed from Padua to his house in Arquà at the end of the Forteenth century. You will reach the walled town of Monselice and then Arquà Petrarca, one of the best preserved medieval villages and considered one of the most lovely villages in Italy.
In Arquà you can visit the memorial house of the poet Francesco Petrarca and you can taste the famous Brodo di giuggiole, a delicious local liquor.
Once you leave Arquà Petrarca, you will see the Costa Lake, a thermal lake and UNESCO heritage for the archaeological remains that archaelogists discovered years ago.
Finally you reach Lispida Castle. From the Lispida hill for many centuries the trachyte, the gray volcanic stone used to pave the squares and streets in Venice, was extracted and transported along waterways to Venice. The Castle was the residence of the King Vittorio Emanuele III for a period during the First World War.
End of tour.
Itinerary: mainly in plain, on bike path and low traffic asphalt roads and river banks
When: day on request
Meeting point: Resort Radisson Blu, via delle Terme 84, Galzignano Terme (PD) with free parking
Difficulty: easy, in plain, 25 km lenght, difference in level 25 m
Duration: from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Points of interest: river port of Battaglia Terme, Battaglia Canal, Monselice the walled town, Arquà Petrarca, local winery, Lispida Castle
Price: € 130 per person for minimum 2 people
Included: touring bike rental with helmet and pannier, guide.
Extra: € 25 light lunch in local cellar, € 10 Ebike available on request.
Light lunch in local cellar
On the way back, you can stop in a local winery of the Euganean hills for a tasting of 3 wines paired with Venetian local products (salami and cheese) and olive oil locally produced. You will grasp the character of each wine and understand how it strictly depends on that of the vine from which it originates.
For information and booking:
Viaggiare curiosi – tour operator incoming
tel. +39 328 4089272