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    Along the Bacchiglione. Rural Padua

    Leaving the urban suburbs, we enter a rural context where there is no shortage of historic villages, naturalistic excellences and tantalizing food and wine opportunities. The route takes advantage of the tops of the banks of several canals fed mostly by the waters of the same river: the Bacchiglione.

    Padua has its deep roots in the countryside. This strong link between city and province still transpires in the countries where an agricultural landscape with a lively identity is preserved. The departure of our tour is the hydraulic node of Bassanello in Padua, where the Bacchiglione river is lost in the Tronco Maestro, Battaglia and Scaricatore canals. The latter, near Voltabarozzo, takes the name of Canale Roncajette; we follow it, leaving the town of Ponte San Nicolò. We make a stop near Isola dell'Abbà, a suggestive rural village whose toponym brings to mind the ancient reclamations carried out by the Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua. The canal divides the ancient churches of San Fidenzio in Roncajette and San Lorenzo in Isola dell'Abbà. From this point it is possible to admire Villa Rezzonico, in whose walls we find a beautiful Marian statue in Istrian stone. With a detour of about 2 km, it is possible to reach the monumental Benedictine Court of Legnaro.

    Continuing in the direction of  Polverara , a town famous for its hen of the same name  , the countryside becomes pleasant: in the fields arranged in a traditional "Paduan" way, the horticultural crops mix with the cereal crops and the ancient rustic alternate with grandiose farms, locally called Boarie. Of these, our curiosity is drawn to the numerous architectural features: the fireplace protruding from the brickwork, the wooden shutters, the variety of chimneys, the large stables with arches and the stone-paved farmyard. After crossing the provincial road to Casalserugo, a dovecote tower rises from a farm, formerly built to raise pigeons. Further on, near  Bovolenta, the waters of the Bacchiglione meet with those of other canals to form an intricate hydraulic system. In town, what captures the visitor's attention are the mighty embankments that surround the center where you can admire the beautiful cathedral that dates back to the 11th century with a characteristic bell tower, as well as the Villa Martinengo and the Accademia dei Concordi palace.

    Leaving the Roncajette canal, we go up the waters of the Vigenzone canal, remaining on a top of the cycle path. From here on we meet three sixteenth-century villas villa Mocenigo - Randi in Gorgo, villa Villa Malipiero - Gosetti in Cagnola and villa Grimani-Fortini in  Pontemanco . This last coastal village was built in the Middle Ages around two masonry mills that stopped grinding only in the middle of the last century. Returning to the embankment near the wonderful Riva bridge, we observe the bell tower of the ex-abbey of Santo Stefano a  Due Carrare and in the distance the articulated profile of the Euganean Hills. In short you reach  Battaglia Terme, where the Battaglia Canal joins, the last part of our itinerary. This ship, on the occasion of the eighth centenary of its construction (1989), was called the Euganean Riviera, in analogy to the Berica and Brenta rivers to give greater prominence to its numerous hydraulic features and historical and architectural beauties.

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    Punto di partenza: Padova, località Bassanello

    Punto di arrivo: Padova, località Bassanello

    Lunghezza: 48 km

    Durata: 1 giornata

    Livello di difficoltà: medio

     

    Adatto a: allenati

    Segnaletica: assente

    Tipologia di fondo: asfaltato

    Tipologia: itinerario

    Intermodalità: nessuna

    Chilometraggio: 30-60

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