Padua and the Euganean hills

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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A relaxing weekend immersed in the green of the Euganean hills, near Padua.

1 day

We arrived in the early afternoon at the B&B Gatto Nero in Pontemanco (a hamlet of Due Carrare, 10 minutes by car from Padua). A delightful, quiet and very welcoming place, booked on the airbnb site.
We put down our suitcases and left immediately for the medieval village of Arqu? Petrarch. We refreshed ourselves with a super "Euganean" aperitif at the Enoteca di Arqu ?, and we set off on foot to discover this very characteristic village. To see the house of Petrarch and the war memorial which is located in the most? high country.
We then walked down to the parking lot crossing the famous "path of Sant'Antonio".
The second stage planned to discover the Euganean Hills? status: Villa Barbarigo, located in Valsanzibio (near Galzignano Terme, about 5 minutes by car from Arqu? Petrarca), where you can access the wonderful Valsanzibio Garden. A truly spectacular garden, with a picnic area, a truly magical labyrinth, an islet inhabited by adorable bunnies, and many types of trees and plants.
On the way back we stopped for an aperitif (we never miss anything;)) at a small kiosk and for dinner Paduan bigoli with rag? really good meat.

2 day

On Sunday morning the owner of the Pontemanco B&B welcomed us with a rich breakfast, both sweet and savory, really excellent. A perfect recharge for your planned trip to the city? of Padua.
First stop: Prato della Valle (with its famous antiques market) and the basilica of Sant'Antonio
Second stop: walk in the streets of the center and some refreshment in Piazza dei Frutti and Piazza delle Erbe.
Lunch with bigoli (I couldn't not eat them again; D) to take away and relax on the grass in Prato della Valle, before returning home in the evening.

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