From Cervarese to Abano Terme. A path to be done by car, which leaves the visitor extreme freedom to linger where most interested, but which guides you in this area so full of wonderful things to see.
Our historical-artistic and naturalistic itinerary on the Euganean Hills starts from Cervarese , a village with very distant origins, with a long history to tell and with numerous natural and architectural beauties to show. We can visit the Medieval Castle of San Martino , whose imposing tower was raised in the Lombard period and which now houses the Museo del Fiume Bacchiglione .
Continuing in the direction of Vò , a municipality located on the west side of the Euganean Hills, along Monte Venda, considered the highest in the area, there is Lozzo Atestino , where the Valbona Castle stands , perfectly preserved in its fourteenth-century forms and which, currently, it houses a renowned restaurant.
In Teolo , however, a little further on, the Abbey of Praglia is interesting , a Benedictine monastery, located at the foot of Mount Lonzina and which currently houses the National Library. In Cinto Euganeo , in the immediate vicinity, a small town with ancient Roman origins, the visit to the Buso della Casara which contains the remains of the extraordinary Roman aqueduct is inevitable ; or to the Cava Bomba complex , an ex-furnace used in the 19th century for the extraction and production of lime and which, today, marks the starting point of the Monte Cinto path and is home to the Geopaleontological Museum .
Continuing, we find Este , in the heart of the Euganean Hills Regional Park, an important walled city and land of ceramics, a village with a long history, testified by the archaeological finds now preserved in the Atestino National Museum . A visit to the Cathedral of Santa Tecla is inevitable, where a large canvas by Giambattista Tiepolo is kept .
A little further on, in Baone, a quiet town, we find Villa Beatrice d'Este , located on Monte Gemola, a splendid panoramic point, from where, on clear days, you can even see the bell tower of San Marco. Currently, some rooms of the villa are used as the headquarters of the Naturalistic Museum , in whose rooms the vegetation and fauna aspects of the Euganean area are illustrated.
Continuing, in Monselice , stands out Villa Pisani , a Venetian villa and prestigious venue for events and exhibitions and the ancient medieval castle Castello Cini , owned by the Veneto Region, which intended it for museum purposes. Inside the complex, there is, in fact, the seat of the Lombard Antiquarium and the Museum of Rarities . Also worth mentioning is the architectural complex Villa Duodo , a Venetian villa located halfway up the Colle della Rocca, which can only be visited externally, and the Mastio Federiciano , located on top of the Colle della Rocca.
By making a small detour towards Arquà Petrarca , whose fame is due to the figure of the famous poet, whose house and funeral monument we find, we can visit one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy .
Continuing we arrive at Battaglia Terme , the smallest town in the province of Padua, whose historic center, overlooking the canals, makes it look like a seaside resort. Battaglia Terme, a town known and appreciated for its thermal baths, together with the cities of Abano, Montegrotto and Galzignano, owes its importance to the only natural thermal cave in the Euganean area.
In Galzignano , in fact, a place of relaxation between spas and gardens, between the valleys enclosed between Monte Rua and Monte Gallo, we find luxury hotels that offer the most modern spa treatments. There are numerous villas to admire but, first of all, Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni Ardemani , renowned for its extraordinary baroque garden, a park full of fountains, sculptures and ancient trees. Also in Galzignano you can also visit the River Navigation Museum and the Catajo Castle . In the locality of Sottovenda, it is also possible to start the path of Monte Venda from Casa Marina which, with an easy, ring route, also equipped for the disabled, allows you to enjoy magnificent views, immersed in the chestnut woods and observe some historical "maronari".
Montegrotto , another municipality in the Euganean Hills, has established itself as the most important thermal complex in Europe , whose name refers to its therapeutic use which, since ancient times, has made use of its hot water springs. The country also boasts the first Italian museum of live butterflies, the Butterfly Arc or Casa delle Farfalle which houses numerous specimens from all over the world. The International Museum of Art Glass and Thermal Baths is also very interesting , housed in the rustic Villa Draghi . Do not miss a visit to the San Daniele Monastery , a Benedictine monastery, easily accessible, thanks to the spacious cycle-pedestrian path at the foot of the Colle.
In Torreglia , we find the famous Venetian villa Villa dei Vescovi , declared a national monument and owned by FAI and the Eremo del Rua , built on the top of the homonymous mountain, in 1339, which still houses a small number of Camaldolese Friars.
Adjacent to Monte Rua, for those who love to immerse themselves in nature, Monte Venda , located in the municipalities of Teolo, Cinto Euganeo, Galzignano and Vo ' is, with its 603 meters, the highest elevation of the Euganean Hills, offers numerous itineraries.
In Abano Terme , another thermal center par excellence, our long itinerary in the Euganean Hills ends.