This walking tour is based in the wonderfully unspoiled Euganean hills, tucked in a quiet corner below the beautiful medieval city of Padua, west across the plain from Venice. Once volcanic islands, these hills have a striking conical appearance and are cloaked in an astonishing variety of plant life including holm oak, almond, maple, heather, orchids and poppies and have been recognized as a National Park. The lower slopes give way to colorful meadows and immaculately groomed vineyards so it's little wonder the region produces such a fine range and variety of wines!
Starting in the tiny hamlet of Cortela, nestled among vines, you walk through unspoiled verdant countryside and shaded forest to Este, with its perfectly preserved medieval walls and Lord Byron's former villa. You discover the jumbled cobbled streets of medieval Arqua Petrarca, where the famous C14 Italian poet Petrarch made his home, before continuing through fertile fruit orchards to Galzignano. A convenient stone's throw from the Italian Baroque gardens of Valzansibio, there is time to explore its magnificent maze before a series of outstanding views leads you to panoramic perched Teolo.
The hotels we've selected for you are full of character and are all family run, with warm welcomes throughout. They range from a hillside villa just outside medieval Arqua Petrarca and Gabriella and Alessandro's rustic, yet cozy agriturismo, to the exquisite Liberty Villa Lussana with its stunning position overlooking the dramatic Euganean Hills.
This tour is rated '1 boot +' indicating that some small sections of this route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading of '1 boot'.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Vicenza railway station 14:03 (pick up); transfer to hotel, 50 min, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Vicenza railway station 13:56/14:28 (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Venice Mestre to Vicenza 13:32/14:03. Return: Transfer to station 50 minutes then rail Vicneza to Venice Mestre 13:56/14:28.|
|Rail Supplement||Standard rail: prices starting from $48 per person, round trip. First Class rail : from $75 per person, round trip.|
|Singles||Add $16 per night.|
|Other details||Child: Over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults, inquire for rates. Room upgrade from $19 per person, per night. Extra nights: We recommend Teolo, Venice or Verona. Prices from $73 per person per night, based on 2 sharing.|
|Hotels||*** (6 nights), AA (2 nights)|