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Euganean Hills

The panoramic tour we offer will give you the opportunity to recognize the value of the amazing landscape and the rich nature of the Euganean Hills.
The first visit will be at the Abbey of Praglia, where about fifty Benedictine monks still live there (the biggest community in Italy). Here you find a peacefulness and an atmosphere that take you in the past. Three cloisters can be visited (the Botanic, the Rustic, and the Pensile); furthermore, there are the Refectory, which is famous for the carving masterwork (tables and benches with scenes of moral and theological meaning).
The Abbey has a National Library, a prestigious laboratory for the restoration of books, and a herbalist shop (with production and sell).
Arriving in Arquà Petrarca through the characteristic roads of the Euganean Hills, you have the impression of entering a real medieval village. As a matter of facts, the small town still preserves the atmosphere of the period when Francesco Petrarca chose it as a refuge since 1370 and where he was buried after his death. We will see the poet's house and then we will have a break in a wine cellar to taste some local wines and typical products.
Included in the price: bus, hostess, entrance in Petrarca's house, and wine-tasting.

ESTE
In the southern part of the hilly Colli Euganei region lies the cradle and classical centre of the paleoveneto civilisation. Later a Roman military colony, it was the centre for the spread of Christianity in the province of Padua.
Following barbarian attacks, pillaging, the flood of 589 and fires set by the Huns in 451-53, Marquis Azzo II built a castle here, turning it into the capital of the Este dynasty. The outer walls and keep are all that remain of the ancient castle; the inner area has been turned into a public park. The fortress or Rocca delPonte della Torre can be seen from the fortifications built by the Carrarese family.
The Cathedral of S. Tecla is home to a painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

MONTAGNANA
Montagnana is one of the finest examples of medieval fortification; its walls are almost 2 kilometres long, and there are 24 towers and two main fortified gates: Castel S. Zeno and Rocca degli Alberi.
The main monument inside the “walled city” is the Cathedral of S. Maria, home to many works of art, including an altar piece by Veronese, a tondo by Sansovino and statues by Bonazza.
The legacy of the past lives on in the traditional medieval Palio race, contested by the 10 Communes of Scodosia. It takes place in the shadow of the walls, evoking the first Palio race held after the city was freed from the tyranny of Ezzelino III da Romano in 1259.