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Abano is at the center of an area full of wonders: choose one!

Colli Euganei

The natural amphitheater of the Euganean Hills: sports, art, history, culture, food and wine

They emerge like islands in the breath-taking vastness of the Venetian plain: eighty-one hills that boast thirty million years of history. Set out to discover this paradise dotted with villages, hill-top monasteries, small churches and abbeys, castles and villas. Walk the many trails that wind round old vineyards or through dense forests of age-old trees, or bicycle along the new cycling routes that cross streams, ancient salt and sugar roads or walled towns with their medieval festivals.

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A day by bike to get to know the Euganean Hills along the E2 path for bicyclists and walkers. 62 km of level ground with a very short climbing section to discover the wonders of these places. You will pass by the imposing Castello del Catajo [Catajo Castle], Villa Selvatico-Sartori and Villa Emo and its wonderful Italian gardens. Once in Monselice, visit the square, the castle and the 7 little churches following the pathway up to the Mount Rocca. Take a break and enjoy the view as well as this walled city of medieval charm.

Getting back to the E2 trail, you will reach the southernmost area of the Hills up to reaching Este, another walled city with a historic center rich in shops, cafes and a medieval castle. The level trail continues along the western side. If you are fond of paleoethology, you can’t miss the Cava Bomba Museum hosted in an old furnace. Still riding your bike, get to one of the places preferred by Bacchus: Vo’ Euganeo; you will ride along lines of vineyards from where the excellent red local wines come from as well as the best wine of this land, which is Moscato Fior d’Arancio. Don’t miss the opportunities to taste the delicacies of the area, stopping at the many wineries and farms where can taste some unexpected foods and excellent wines.

 

Abbazia di Praglia

On the way back, stop by the Abbey in Praglia, a place of silence and work, according to the Benedictine rule. Here bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes are available to rent.

FAI Villa dei Vescovi

Don’t miss a visit to FAI Villa dei Vescovi – in Luvigliano, Torreglia hamlet: an imposing 16th century villa, once the summer house of bishops and a place where academics and humanists met; nowadays, it is a monument where people can enjoy themselves, admire a wonderful view and rest under the shade of its arcades.

Valsanzibio

Valsanzibio – Galzignano Terme: one of the most important examples of Italian gardens. From the charming Diana portal to a series of basins and fountains, statues, green isles and a maze where you can get lost.

Arquà Petrarca

Arquà Petrarca it is one of the most beautiful Italian hamlets. A small medieval village, the place where Francesco Petrarch, buried there, spent the last years of his life.

Golf on the most beautiful courses in Italy

You can practice your favorite sport in close contact with the spectacular nature of the area. Three golf courses (18 and 27 holes) created within wonderful historic parks, where you can walk among the Patrician villas, streams and lakes, lush green meadows and dense vegetation. A natural oasis for wildlife that will permit you to relax but not let you get bored: in fact, the obstacles are cleverly arranged to make your game even more interesting.

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Close to the most beautiful art cities in the world!

Abano is the ideal base for visiting the art cities that the whole world envies us for: cultured and refined Padua, with the Shrine of St. Anthony to which millions of pilgrims flock every year, and Giotto's masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel; Venice, the city of the Doges, with its splendid palaces reflected in the waters of the lagoon; Verona, city of Romeo and Juliet, with its opera festival in the best-preserved Roman Arena in the world. And of course, there is also Vicenza, City of Palladio, Treviso, the city of water, and the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara...

The Venetian Villas: the splendor of Venice on the Mainland

Almost 4,000 reasons to explore the beautiful residences scattered across the green countryside of Veneto: in fact, there are numerous Venetian villas in our region. We challenge you to discover them all! Each one is different from the next and they are products of the genius of great architects such as Palladio and Sansovino, but once inside you can also find frescoes by high caliber painters such as Veronese and Tiepolo.