This itinerary that allows for the completion of the whole tour around the system of hills is extraordinarily rich in historical, hydraulic, architectural and natural points of interest.
Start point:Padua, Montegrotto Terme or Este
Finish point:Padua, Montegrotto Terme or Este
Total distance:From Padua 75km; from Montegrotto 65km
Grade of difficulty:challenging
Difference in level:in Rovolon 63mt
Suitable for:all riders
To fully enjoy the many beauties of this tour you are advised to undertake the itinerary in two days.
From Padua the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) appear isolated on the horizon with undulating lines and a surprising variety of shapes: conical outlines that overlook the reliefs in the soft lines, with a suggestive result. The whole Euganean Hills system has a hundred or more hills and occupies a total surface area of around 21,000 hectares. The Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei was founded in 1989 to exploit this unique landacape and safeguard its extraordinary biodiversity. Along the route you come across numerous tourist destinations. The series of Veneto villas start in the immediate outskirts of Padua with Villa Molin, masterpiece of Vincenzo Scamozzi, continues to Battaglia Terme with the Catajo, imposing residence of the Obizzi family, with Villa Selvatico-Sartori, and a little farther on with VillaEmo with a typical Italian garden.
On reaching Monselice one visits the square, the castle and the walkway of the Santuario Giubilare delle Sette Chiese on the Rocca Mount.
Continuing the journey in a southerly direction one crosses a wide areas of reclaimed land where you find the Buzzaccarini Benetti complex and a little later Villa Barbaro. From here the view looks over all of the southern stretch of the Colli Euganei, we discern in the background the Venda Mount (601 m) recognisable from the large number of television repeater stations, in the middle ground the Fasolo and Rusta mounts and in the foreground the Cecilia mount of pyramidal shape.
Towards the west we discern Este and its 14th century castle and the delightful hamlet of Calaone, placed between the cones of Castello and Cero mounts. Traversing the marvellous extensive historic centre there is the Bisatto canal, that in the locality of Bomba runs alongside an ancient brickworks, inside which is the Colli Euganei geo-palaentological Museum.
The itinerary proceeds towards the mount of Lozzo on whose slopes we find intact the castle of Valbona and finishes in Vo Vecchio in an atmosphere of times past.
A little farther on from Carbonara to Frassanelle the cycle path is interrupted and one proceeds on secondary roads devoid of traffic, awaiting the completion of the cycle path.