We have many private tours of Italy including day tours of The Euganei Hills. A few kilometers from Padua and just one hour driving from Venice are the Euganei Hills that gently break the flatness of the river Po plain. These unusual hills of Veneto are full of vineyards, olive groves, winding roads, renaissance villas and medieval villages and are a perfect place for a day excursion from Venice or from Verona or as a sightseeing stop travelling from Florence to Venice.
Driving among these hills there are many small towns that hide secrets and fascinating stories, we suggest that you visit the following sites.
A visit to the village of Torreglia is a must for those that love genuine Italian food. The local restaurants of this small villages still provide natural grown food using local products that grow in nearby countryside gardens and farms., This includes the Papuan hen , the guinea fowl , pigeons of Torre , rabbits and wild herbs suitable for soups, risottos, omelets and fresh local cheese.
Villa dei Vescovi (Luvigliano di Torreglia)
The town of Villa dei Vescovi takes its name from a villa built in the sixteenth century which used to be the summer residence of the bishop of Padua. The villa is still famous for its monumental staircase, for the Italian style garden and for the inside frescoes in the hall and rooms. Villa dei Vescovi was donated to the Italian NGO FAI ( Fondo Ambiente Italiano ) and is open almost all year round. It regularly hosts events where local growers present their products such as wines with the three versions, sweet, sparkling and dry. “Fiore d’Arancio” is the most famous of the wines with its unique scent and citrine taste.
Arquà Petrarca is the most popular of the Euganei Hills villages. This small town having a population of less than 2000 people preserves a medieval character. It is the place where the great poet Petrarch lived the last years of his life in his house which is now a museum. One can still see the original frescoed walls and furniture.
Visit the “Casa del Petrarca” from Tuesday to Sunday – November to February from 09.00am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30 pm.
March to October from 09.00am to 12.30pm and from 3.00pm to 7.00 pm
Entrance fee is Euro 4.00 per person