The Euganean Hills also called the Venetian 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 our shop in Montegrotto Terme very close to the Bike ring 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 the second most lovely village in Italy.
In Arquà you can visit the memorial house of the poet and you can taste the famous Brodo di giuggiole, a delicious local liquor.
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.
On the way back, you will stop in a local winery of the Euganean hills for a tasting of 3 wines paired with local products (salami and cheese). You will grasp the character of each wine and understand how it strictly depends on that of the vine from which it originates.
Cycling among local cellars€
We will discover together the area of the Euganean Hills that rise in the southern part of Padua and called also “the hills of Venice”.
The tour is a true slow experience that gives you the opportunity to meet wine producers and local farmers. It is a true image of the area you visit and gives a sensation of freedom and relax.
This bike tour is an opportunity to discover the wine we produce in the Euganean Hills and the authentical Italian hospitality. We will reach cellars by bike and discover how the volcanic origin of these hills influences the soils and the wine production. We will meet Nicola and Francesca that continue the work of their grandfathers with passion and deep respect for the vineyards and this land.
Meeting point at railway station or parking at Terme Euganee Montegrotto, bikes delivery and departure for our bike tour.
For the beauty of their landscapes, the Euganean hills have always been a privileged place for the building of medieval castles and villas. We will find many of them along our way and we will stop for photos and explanation of the geography and history.
Cellar tour and white wine tasting, paired with home made local salami and cheese in the first winery.
Departure towards Arquà Petrarca, one of the best preserved medieval villages, crossing the wonderful Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio.
Visit of the village Arquà Petrarca and tips for free light lunch.
After the visit of this village, we continue along a medieval canal to our last jewel: the river settlement of Battaglia Terme.
We reach the second winery for the cellar tour and red wine tasting, paired with home made local salami and cheese.
Our trip among medieval villages, walled cities and noble Venetian villas finishes here, but I have a lot of other proposals for you!
The bike ring around the Venetian hills€
We are in the green heart of Veneto, at the center of its cycle paths, a complex network that covers a vast territory. The cycle path of the Euganean Hills develops as a circular itinerary along the river ways that embrace the Euganean Hills Natural Park.
This full day ride, accompanied by a passionate tourist guide, will surprise you with its wealth of cultural heritage with the prestigious Venetian villas, the immutable walled cities and castles. First you will see the Villa Emo di Rivella which deserves a short stop to take a picture.
You will soon reach the walled city of Monselice and then continue along the Bisatto canal, a faithful companion of our journey and along which for centuries the trachyte, the Euganean stone with which the Piazza San Marco was paved in Venice, has been transported. After the river settlement of Marendole, you can see Este, another walled city with the imposing Carrarese Castle and the elegant squares.
You will then go towards the western part of the hills, characterized by extensive countryside, silence and unspoilt nature and you will feel the satisfaction of being far from pollution and the frenzy of the city. The acute shapes of the hills, a sign of their volcanic origin, but also the rounded plains that host olive groves and vineyards, will keep you company.
After a light lunch in a local winery, you will cycle towards the northern part of the hills, up to the Abbey of Praglia, the most important Benedictine monastery in the Euganean Hills, where we stop for a guided tour. Here the monks pray, work and restore ancient books. In their shop you will find wine, honey and the cosmetics they produce.
You will now be on your way back when you pass by the elegant Villa Draghi and the marvelous Castello del Catajo.