Areas of interest

Euganean Hills, a visit to the heart of Veneto

Nearby places worth a trip

The San Bartolomeo holiday farm is strategically positioned for guests to reach places of interest in the Veneto region:

Padova 25 km
Venezia 60 km (by train by Monselice railstation)
Vicenza 60 km
Ferrara 55 km
Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme 15 km

Renown wines are produced in the shade of castles and villas. The Euganean Hills have always been a land suited for vine growing and, as a result of the unswerving efforts of local wineries , as many as thirteen local wines were awarded a Controlled Designation of Origin label.

Euganean Hills

Nature lovers will enjoy trips to discover the charming landscape of the Euganean Hills Regional Park, a nature reserve full of monasteries, elegant villas, ruins of medieval castles and wineries, where they will taste excellent wines and other local products.

Food and wine itineraries

The Euganean Hills is region of winemakers and food producers. Here gourmets will be in their element, with the opportunity to taste locally produced wines and follow local food itineraries.

Monselice

A walled city that still retains its medieval charm, with frequent commemorative events. Every year, on the third Sunday of September, Monselice hosts a ‘Giostra della Rocca’ joust event with traditional competitions of strength and skill in a medieval setting, i.e. an archery competition, a horse race, a tournament with spears and a historical commemorative parade with extras in costumes, catapults, battering rams and crossbows to involve the racing teams from the Monselice quarters and many tourists in a unique event.

Monselice surroundings

Arquà Petrarca

Arquà Petrarca is a medieval village that still retains its old charm as the “pearl of the Euganean Hills”. Recently, it was awarded second place in the “Borgo dei borghi 2017” contest between folkloric villages, with its still intact medieval allure. The Italian poet Francesco Petrarca chose this village to spend the last part of his life, and his house is now open for visits.

Arquà Petrarca is 4 km (2.48 mi) away from our holiday farm.

Battaglia Terme

Battaglia Terme, a village on the eastern foothills forming part of the Euganean Hill complex, is also known as the “gateway to the Euganean Hills”.

The sixteenth century Catajo Castle and the Navigation Museum are both worth visiting.

Battaglia Terme is 5 km (3.1 mi) away from our holiday farm.

Padua

The old centre of this city has a clear historic interest – suffice it to visit the medieval complex of Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori, centrally dominated by the Palazzo della Ragione (otherwise termed the “Salone”), the real heart of the city. At a short distance is one of the worlds’ largest and most attractive square dating back to the eighteenth century, the Prato della Valle.

Padua still bears significant traces of its medieval past, when it flourished, especially in the 14th century under the rule of the powerful and enlightened Carraresi family, and became rich in monuments and frescos. In the Scrovegni Chapel, the Italian painter and architect GIOTTO left the finest examples of his art and gave a new powerful impetus to the renewal of painting.

 

Padua is only 25 km away from Monselice.

Venice

For more than one thousand years, the city of Venice was the capital of the Republic of Venice – known as “la Serenissima“ (the Most Serene), “the Dominant” and “the Queen of the Adriatic”.

The throbbing heart of Venice is its central square, Piazza San Marco, the only one to be named “piazza”, the other smaller squares being called “campi” or “campielli”. St. Mark’s Basilica is in the middle of the square, with gold coatings and mosaics narrating the story of Venice together with marvellous bas-reliefs depicting the months of the year.

Other major monuments include the Arsenal, the Santa Maria della Salute church, the Santa Maria gloriosa dei Frari basilica, the Ghetto Synagogues, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

Among events worth noting is a Historical Regatta, the Redentore Festival, the Biennale Art Show, and the unique charm of Venice’s world-famous Carnival, with amazing video projections on the façades of old buildings, squares and ‘campielli’ every day.

Venice is at 45 minutes’ distance from Monselice. A railway station is only 1 km (0-.62 mi.) away from our holiday farm.