Francesco Petrarca, attracted by the beauty of the places, loved to compose his rhymes, while by boat he sailed the Naviglio of the Euganean Riviera to reach his vineyard of Arquà, "pleasant recess between the Euganean Hills, in delicious and healthy posture".
Landowners, artists and merchants, wayfarers and prelates crossed the waters of the Battaglia Canal, to reach the Villas and Castles scattered along the Euganean Riviera, or the many businesses that were held in Battaglia. The Euganean Riviera was the preferred route for Venetian nobles and patricians to reach their villas built along the Battaglia canal and the residences "in the mountains" on the Euganean Hills, such as Villa Barbarigo, where there are still the ancient moorings for boats.
The Battaglia Canal, completed in 1201, starts from Padua, from the ancient fishing village of Bassanello, and reaches the Battaglia Terme with a straight line, then continues to Monselice where it meets the waters of the Bisato Canal.
You navigate on the Battaglia canal, the hanging canal built in the 16th century to connect Padua to Battaglia Terme. Along the way you can admire Villa Molin, the Catajo castle and all the eastern Euganean Hills. You will experience the exciting passage in the highest navigation basin in Europe and visit the Museum of River Navigation. The navigation can also be combined with a nature walk on the nearby path called "Ferro di Cavallo" or a visit to the park with thermal lakes of Villa Selvatico.