Besides the scenic charm of its landscape, this part of Italy offers a range of historic and cultural activities from enchanting medieval hamlets and scenic walled cities to beautiful Venetian villas and picturesque monasteries. Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Bologna are all within an hour’s travelling distance and all well served by public transport.
The Euganean Hills offer a unique natural environment as well as an amazing wealth of cultural heritage. Popular activities include trekking /mountain biking along the various nature trails, golf (4 golf clubs all within 15 minutes of Villa Petrarca) and cycling.
The Euganean Hot springs
The thermal waters flowing in the area bear properties which are unique in the world. Luxury hotels in the towns of Abano and Montegrotto Terme offer different types of treatments and pampering options.
Home to Italy’s second-oldest university, Padova is also known for the frescoes by Giotto in its Scrovegni Chapel and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony. Its piazzas, porticoed streets and daily markets are just a 20 minutes’ drive from Villa Petrarca.
Needing no official introduction, Venice can be reached either by train or by boat along the Brenta canal, the waterway linking Padova and Venice. A cruise along the Brenta offers leisurely views of villas which used to belong to rich Venetian families.
With its grand Roman amphitheatre, built in the 1st century AD, Verona still serves as one of the world's great opera venues.