Following the Muson dei Sassi river, we retrace the last journey made by s. Antonio on 13 June 1231 from Camposampiero to Padua. To enrich the excursion it is advisable to return by following the cycle path that follows the course of the Tergola river.
The cycling route, equipped with signs and road arrangements, runs along the banks of the Muson dei Sassi . This river originates from springs located north of Asolo and flows after 48 km into the Brenta; its peculiarity is that of having a straight course, an evident sign of the hydraulic arrangements made by the Republic of Venice in the seventeenth century.
The itinerary can start either from Padua or from Loreggia and take place in a ring with coinciding departure and arrival points. Below we illustrate the itinerary departing from Padua.
The starting point of the excursion is the Basilica del Santo in Padua, which houses the tomb of Saint Anthony and a heritage of works of art with a strong religious and devotional significance. In the first section, the route crosses the historic center on narrow, arcaded streets, then follows the cycle paths of the northern districts of Padua, until it meets the sanctuary of Sant'Antonino all'Arcella . The neo-Gothic building of the late nineteenth century is recognizable by a large dome covered with copper plates and the monumental bell tower 75 meters high. Inside the temple is preserved the transit cell, the only testimony of the original medieval convent destroyed in the 16th century where the saint died on June 13, 1231.
In Pontevigodarzere the Muson dei Sassi river joins the Brenta and from here the cycle path that leads to Loreggia starts. From Camposampiero to Vigodarzere we cross the lands of the Roman Graticolato , an example of one of the best preserved centuries-old archaeological landscapes in Italy.
In Camposampiero a detour leads us to the Antonian i sanctuaries , kept by the Conventual Franciscan friars. A short distance from the town square, where the tall medieval tower built by the Da Camposampiero stands out, we meet the Sanctuary of the Walnut. According to tradition, in this place the Saint would have had the apparition of the Child Jesus, to whom the famous Antonian iconography is linked.
In the last stretch towards Loreggia, we cross the former Treviso - Ostiglia railway, along which another beautiful green path is taking shape across the Venetian plain.