Surrender to the profound peace and timeless tranquillity of a destination whose history is just waiting to be discovered, from castles and extravagant aristocratic residences to medieval hillside towns immersed in unspoilt landscapes steeped in culture and tradition.
The Euganean Hills are such a destination, an earthly paradise that once seduced the great writer Petrarch, who was captivated by the enchanting town of Arquà. Prepare to fall in love yourself with the inspiring panoramas offered by these green, rolling hills as you pedal your way through vineyards and olive groves, and visit the thermal springs at Abano and Montegrotto, oases of calm and serenity.
Whether you prefer a cruise on a burchiello, or exploring the traditional stalls in Piazza della Frutta, you are sure to find Padua just as enticing. From Giotto, Donatello and Mantegna, who studied here, to Galileo, who taught at the venerable university, the city oozes history and art from every stone.
The March of Treviso, meanwhile, was home to such giants of Italian art as Canova and Giorgione. Here, you can indulge in a glass of finest prosecco and divide your time between the region’s natural splendours, delicious food, charming historic towns and other stunning settings that will leave you with a new-found sense of balance and calm.
Stand, transfixed, as you admire the splendid frescoes by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel
Relax in the thermal spring waters of Abano and Montegrotto
Take your tastebuds for a tour along the ‘Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano Valdobbiadene’ (the ‘Prosecco Road’)
Try some PGI-certified Treviso red radicchio, which can be prepared in all sorts of ways
Visit the birthplace of Giorgione and see his paintings in the Cathedral of Castelfranco Veneto
Stop at the historic Caffè Pedrocchi, for a mix of art and tempting treats
Visit the Romanesque Basilica of Saint Anthony, perhaps the most important attraction in all of Padua
Discover the Canova Museum in Possagno
Immerse yourself in the colours of the Euganean Hills’ winemaking traditions
Finish each meal with some tiramisù, the famous dessert invented right here in Treviso