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Regional Park of the Euganean Hills
Here nature offers unforgettable moments of beauty and surprises as you can vary your walks from steep rocky climbs to gentle slopes of olive trees and vineyards. In every season.
Open country side and calcerous meadows with natural springs are alternated with forests of Oak, Chestnut, Carpinus Betulus, Arbutus Unedo and ash trees.
You can find numerous botanical species, such as indigenous orchids and lillies, Ruta Patavina, the Fico d’India nano (Optuntia Compressa), Aglio Orsino, Amaryllidaceae, Helleborus Viridis, and various anemones, and other flowers.
And on the odd occasion, you may meet a fox, a pheasant, hares, martens and uncountable birds such as owls, falcons, cuckoos, nightingales, hoopoes and woodpeckers.
Everywhere you can find traces of our past: fortifications, monasteries, villas, retreats, historical gardens, and even settlements of civilizations up to 35 million years old.
Famous people spent time here: Petrarca, Byron, Shelley, Ugo Foscolo, Pollini and many others.
Padua, one of the oldest cities in Italy, is very close to Terre Bianche. As a historic city of great charm, it is comparable to a treasure chest of a unique artistic and cultural heritage. Tourists from all over the world are mesmerized by its architecture, the walls, churches, squares and palaces of incomparable beauty.
Padua is known as Città di Gran Dottori, the city of important graduates, thanks to its prestigious University. Founded in 1222, it is one of the oldest universities of the world.
The Tuscan scientist Galileo Galilei lived and taught here from 1592 to 1610. The Anatomical Theatre of the university commissioned and designed by Girolamo Fabrici d'Acquapendente dates back to 1594. Definitely the oldest one in Europe, it is perfectly preserved.
The Palazzo del Bo, seat of the old University, houses a statue of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to get a degree in Philosophy in 1678.
Starting from 1932, a new wing was built around a courtyard called Cortile Nuovo or Cortile Littorio. The renovations were carried out by the talented and famous architect Gio Ponti with the collaboration of numerous 20th century artists who contributed with sculptures and frescoes to decorate the new wing where the academic apartments and the Rectorate are located.
Noteworthy is the statue of Palinuro (1947) by Arturo Martini, which is dedicated to a partisan commander, and represents a tribute to the Resistance. Frescoes and mosaics by painters such as Filippo De Pisis, Achille Funi, Ferruccio Ferrazzi and Gino Severini can be admired in the rooms of the Bo. In 1995, on a wall of the Cortile Nuovo Jannis Kounellis created the sculpture Resistance and Liberation, which evokes the struggle against Fascism and the liberation of Italy.
Close to the University is the Caffè Pedrocchi, also called “Café without doors” because it remained open day and night from its inauguration in 1831 until 1916. The café, one of the symbols of Padua, owes its international and unquestionable reputation for its historical importance during the Italian Risorgimento. On February 8, 1848, following the wounding of a university student inside the café, the Italian Risorgimento uprisings began. It is also famous for its coffee with mint cream and its many neoclassical rooms.
The Palazzo della Ragione (seat of the Court in the 13th century) known also as Il Salone was built in 1218 and later enlarged by Giovanni degli Eremitani in 1306. He raised the hall and built its roof in the very characteristic shape of an overturned ship’s hull. Inside there is an incredibly large suspended hall completely frescoed with a very rare medieval astrological cycle. Since in Medieval times it was the seat of the Court, there are also frescoes that allegorically represent Justice and Law such as the Judgement of Solomon. On the ground floor there is still a large attractive covered market that sells local culinary excellence.
The cycle of frescoes by Giotto at the Scrovegni Chapel (early 14th century) represents the birth of modern painting and is one of the masterpieces of Western art.
Other famous artists such as Giusto da Menabuoi, Guariento, Donatello and Mantegna chose to work in Padua.
The Botanical Garden of Padua, founded in 1545, was listed as a cultural asset in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. To add splendor to the garden a modern structure was built to host a Biodiversity Garden.
The Loggia Cornaro, built in 1524, is an enchanting architecture designed by Giovanni Maria Falconetto. It was a space dedicated to theatrical performances. Here the first Society of professional comedians was born, creating the ground of Commedia dell’Arte.
Also, William Shakespeare set his comedy The Taming of the Shrew in Padua.
The Basilica of St. Anthony represents a pilgrimage destination of Christianity and is known by locals simply by the name Il Santo, the Saint. Inside there are sculptures by Donatello, frescos by Andrea Mantegna and numerous works of other important artists.
The Prato della Valle, the second largest square in Europe after Moscow’s Red Square, is a charming place to walk around while admiring the historic buildings that surround it, and the imposing Basilica of St. Justina. This elliptical-shaped square is adorned with 78 statues of prominent figures of Padua such as Galileo Galilei and Antenore, the Trojan hero founder of the city.
Vicenza, a pearl of the Renaissance, and its Villas
Vicenza presents itself as the scenic city par excellence. Its architecture was designed in perfect harmony by the great designer Andrea Palladio. In the 16th century, Vicenza golden Age, the great and well-known architect Andrea Palladio designed a new urban and landscape layout of the city. This opened the way to a new concept of architectural model for entire generations of designers. Today, Vicenza maintains its perfect architectural harmony in the discreet charm of its artistic treasures.
In 1994 Vicenza was therefore included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, while the Palladian Villas were listed in 1996.
In 2012 Time magazine cited Vicenza among the 10 coolest destinations.
Among the not-to-be-missed jewels of this city is the Teatro Olimpico. Made of wood and stucco it was designed by Palladio. The fixed set, which has incredible architectural perspectives depicting “Le Vie di Tebe”, is a masterpiece by another great Renaissance architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi.
The Basilica Palladiana (1549-1617) stands out in the historical center.
In the Basilica of Monte Berico, on top of a hill that dominates the city, there is an ancient refectory where you can admire a large canvas, one of the most beautiful works of the painter Veronese, which represents the Supper of St. Gregory the Great.
In the immediate vicinity stands Villa Valmarana “Ai Nani” whose guest house was frescoed by Gian Battista Tiepolo and his son Gian Domenico Tiepolo.
A short distance from the latter is the exquisite Villa Almerico Capra Valmarana called La Rotonda. Also this charming villa was designed by Palladio with the contribution of Scamozzi. It is perfectly symmetrical with a square plan.
Vicenza and its Villas can be easily reached by bicycle or car from Terre Bianche.
Venice and its lagoon are just 40 minutes from Terre Bianche. Unique, romantic, vivacious and magic: this is how Venice appears. There everything is precious art, magnificent architecture, vibrant culture. There everything smells of ancient history.
With its impressive St. Mark’s Basilica, covered with magnificent and refined marble and mosaics, St. Mark’s Square is unique in its exquisiteness. The Bell Tower and the Doge’s Palace, symbol of the Serenissima, overlook the square. Next to the Basilica is the Clock Tower, a masterpiece of engineering, which marks the passage of time. The Procuratie, elegant palaces that delimit the three sides of the square look like an ornamental lace of incomparable beauty.
Also, in St. Mark’s Square is the oldest Italian Café (1720), the Caffè Florian with its elegant interiors that are reflected in many of the mirrors that decorate its walls.
From St. Mark’s Square you can see the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with its soaring bell tower that rises from the monumental complex, which is a masterpiece of great architects, including the famous Andrea Palladio. It is a real open-air museum that you can visit just crossing the Grand Canal, the city’s main “waterway”. The Grand Canal begins at Punta della Dogana, the ancient port of the Serenissima, which has a characteristic triangular shape.
There are four bridges that cross the canal: the Accademia Bridge, the Rialto Bridge (the oldest and most famous), the Scalzi Bridge and the newest Constitution Bridge.
Punta della Dogana, where the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal divide, is home to a number of buildings, including the Dogana da Mar complex which, together with Palazzo Grassi, both headquarters of the François Pinault Foundation, are centers of excellence for contemporary art in Italy and around the world.
Getting lost among campi and campielli, squares and small squares, and calli, the typical Venetian streets, is a must, as well as walking head up to admire mullioned windows and cornices, palaces and statues.
Walking around you can arrive to the Arsenal, which was built in the 12th century and then enlarged during the great political and commercial development of Venice. Today it is home to the Biennale of Art and Architecture. The International Film Festival is held, instead, in the historic Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido.
Not to be missed is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a prestigious collection of 20th century works of art exhibited at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Other outstanding museums are the Academy Galleries, housed in the majestic complex of the Scuola Grande de la Carità, which also includes a church and monastery with the same name, and Ca' Rezzonico, one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces, home to the Venetian 18th century Museum.
The city of Venice is divided in sestieri (six neighborhoods) which are Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo and Santa Croce. They all have renowned campi that are framed by splendid religious buildings and elegant noble palaces.
The lagoon that surrounds Venice is scattered with many islands. The most important are Burano, famous for the production of lace; Murano, for glass processing; Pellestrina, characterized by the colorful fishermen’s houses and its sand dunes; and Torcello, one of the oldest human settlements in the area.
The Walled Cities
Monselice has always lived history as a protagonist since it can be considered a bridge connecting the hills with the plain. With the Estensi it became a walled city, and then starting from 1405 the Venetians embellished it with patrician residences. For example, the early medieval fortress castle, later enlarged by the Carraresi family, was transformed into a residence by the Venetian Marcello family at the end of the 15th century. In 1942 the castle was enriched with precious collections of weapons, furniture and furnishings. The 14th century fireplaces can still be admired. The Antiquarium Longobardo collects valuable findings from the Longobard necropolis located on the hill of the Rocca.
Moreover, in Monselice you can visit the Renaissance Villa Nani Mocenigo, a superb villa whose walls are adorned with statues of midgets; the area of the Jubilee Sanctuary of the Seven Churches designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi; and the elegant Villa Duodo.
Este was inhabited since the Neolithic age and later it became a Roman colony. The exceptional collections at the Atestino National Museum, one of the six most important archaeological museums in Italy, testify to the cultural and commercial importance of the ancient inhabitants of the area. Among the grave goods from the Atestine necropolis of the 9th and 3rd centuries B.C. is the Situla Benvenuti, a 7th century B.C. bronze vase of rare beauty, chiseled with representations of real and fantastic animals and scenes of everyday life.
Around year 1000 Azzo II arrived in Este. He was a very powerful feudal lord who became the forefather of the House of Este, for which its name is precisely derived from this city. In Este you can visit the Castle with its powerful walls, the magnificent Cathedral of St. Tecla that preserves the Intercession of St. Tecla by Giambattista Tiepolo, and superb villas surrounded by parks designed by Jappelli, such as Villa Cornaro-Benvenuti and Villa Contarini located inside the walled city. Famous Italian celebrities, such as Alvise Cornaro and Ruzante, as well as foreigners such as Shelley, Lord Byron, Debussy and Bruce Chatwin stayed in Este hosted by important families.
Also, it is worth mentioning the renowned Pottery of Este. From prehistoric times till today the production of pottery has never stopped. Many artisans still hand make their creations with workmanship and decorations appreciated all over the world.
Montagnana is a superb fortified medieval city that owes its incredibly and perfectly preserved walls to the lordship of the Carraresi. Its 2 km long walls and the 24 massive hexagonal towers, each of them almost 20 meters high, are still intact. The highest tower is the famous keep of St. Zeno Castle.
Inside the walls you can visit the Cathedral, that preserves a painting by Paolo Veronese, and St. Francis Church where you can admire a painting by Palma il Giovane. Noteworthy is Villa Pisani designed by the well-known architect Andrea Palladio.
Montagnana is also famous for its Palio dei 10 comuni and for the incomparable production of its sweet Prosciutto Crudo.
Itineraries of the Spirit
Monasteries, convents and sanctuaries are scattered across the Euganean Hills and the province of Padua, which has always been an important religious and spiritual center. In these sacred places you will be immersed in a surprisingly magical atmosphere. Many of these sites are located just 10 km from Agriturismo Terre Bianche.
In the quiet medieval atmosphere of the Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta, a Benedictine Abbey located in Praglia, you can admire precious treasures such as the chapter room, the 15th-16th century large monumental refectory, the ancient library characterized by a wooden ceiling adorned with a valuable painting cycle by Zelotti (1550), and four communicating cloisters, one of which is hanging. The Abbey has a remarkable Laboratory for the restoration of books and works of art on paper, which has international fame. Also, every Sunday at 11 a.m. an evocative mass with Gregorian chants is celebrated.
The Sanctuary of Monteortone, at the base of the homonymic hill, is a sanctuary consecrated to the Blessed Virgin of Health. Inside there is a valuable cycle of frescoes by Jacopo da Montagnana and a crucifixion by Palma il Giovane.
The Sanctuary of Monte della Madonna is a small and quite ancient 15th century Benedictine hermitage that belongs to the friars of Praglia. It is surrounded by greenery and tranquility.
In Abano Terme you can visit the Monastery of San Daniele dating back to 1086. It was long inhabited by the Benedictines of the Basilica of St. Justina in Padua. Next to it, there is a charming little church built in 1711 by Francesco Muttoni.
Situated in an appealing position on the hilly landscape, the Hermitage of Monte Rua in Torreglia is still inhabited by Camaldolese monks who pray, work and cultivate their vegetable garden. The walls that surround it, enclose a church and 14 cells, each of them with a bed, a small study and a private garden. Originally built in wood, it was then restored in stone, and it perfectly blends with the landscape. The peaceful atmosphere of the hermitage is imbued of prayers and meditation. However, only men can access it!
Do not hesitate to ask us for advice and suggestions regarding the numerous gardens in the Province of Padua, extraordinary examples of landscape architecture; an age-old art that has helped make famous our architects all over the world. Some of the gardens of the VENECIAN AND PALLADIAN VILLAS are close to the Euganean Hills and easily accessible from Agriturismo Terre Bianche.
Within a 30 km range you can visit:
- Villa Emo Capodilista Garden – Monselice
- Villa Barbarigo Garden - Valsansibio
- Villa Valmarana Garden - Saonara
- Villa Vescovana Garden - Vescovana
- Old and New Botanical University gardens - Padua
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Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni Ardemani, Valsanzibio
The historical garden of Villa Barbarigo was created in the second half of the 17th century by the Venetian nobleman Antonio Barbarigo, brother of St. Gregorio, as a vow to the Lord for eradicating the plague in 1630. It is definitely one of the most important Italian gardens because of its size, its architectural landscape and not least its allegorical and symbolic connotations. It is a place where a perfect harmony between plant and building architectures reigns. The space is symmetrically divided by two cardinal axes. From the Bath of Diana, the ancient river dock, four fishponds, sixteen fountains, seventy statues and three water jests unfold. There is also a 500 years old labyrinth shaped by boxwood that creates walls up to 5 meters high. In addition to the precious heritage of statues of allegorical and mythological subjects, the waterworks and the architectural decorations are of considerable value. The imposing centuries-old trees come from 4 continents. The sequence of the designed spaces and the deep symbology of the architectural artifacts made the garden not only a pleasant place where the noblemen who lived there and their guests spent time in the moments of otium, but also a space of spiritual elevation, purification and contemplation.
Villa Selvatico Sartori, Battaglia Terme
The monumental complex of Villa Selvatico (1593-1650) represents an original stylistic example with both medieval and oriental architectural contaminations. From the large terrace that surrounds the villa you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Euganean Hills. On the east side, facing the Battaglia canal, there is a steep monumental staircase that allowed direct access to the villa to those who came by boat from Padua and Venice. The staircase leads to the 19th century garden which encloses unique water path along the thermal lakes. The Villa rises above a hill which was known as the “Hill of the Stove” for its sudorific cave. This cave was the forerunner of the thermal establishments present on the territory today. It was used since medieval times not only by locals but also by famous people such as Francesco Petrarca, Duke Francis III of Modena, the philosopher Michel de Montaigne, the writer Stendhal and the poet Heinrich Heine. The 19th century project of the park is by the famous architect Giuseppe Jappelli who transformed a typical Italian garden into an English garden. Jappelli exploited the waters of the thermal lakes by creating fishponds and groves inspired to the journey to the Underworld described in the Aeneid to arise strong emotions in the visitors. Visiting this park today is still a suggestive experience for the particular shadows of the secular trees that are reflected in the warm water of the small lakes, which you can cross by boat. From the park you can reach the Battaglia canal where you can sail to Padua and Venice.
The Catajo Garden, Battaglia Terme
The Catajo Castle was built by the Marquis Pio Enea degli Obizzi in 1570-1573. The monumental complex represents a cross between a military castle and a princely villa. Pio Enea II (1592-1674) brought some changes. In place of the stables, he built a theater that was later transformed into a neo-Gothic church, and the grotto with the Elephant Fountain with mythological figures of Bacchus and Satyrs. The painter G.B. Zelotti frescoed the walls of the reception halls with scenes representing the feats of the family. In 1768, Tommaso degli Obizzi decorated the large complex with archaeological findings and stone furnishings. The monumental complex is surrounded by two beautiful gardens: the Parco delle Delizie (Garden of Delights) adorned with vases of citrus along the paths, and the Cortile dei Giganti (Giants’ Courtyard). The latter, located inside the complex, was formerly used for theatrical performances, tournaments and aquatic combats. In the park you can admire a fishpond, two 18th century giant magnolias and a massive sequoia. The Catajo then became property of the Archdukes of Austria-Este and Dukes of Modena who used it as a hunting and holiday resort. Afterwards, it was bought by the Habsburgs and, at the end of World War I the ownership passed to the Italian State. In 1929 the Catajo was bought by the Dalla Francesca family who sold it in 2015 to a well-known entrepreneur.
Villa Pisani Bolognesi Scalabrin, Vescovana
This Villa was built in the first half of the 16th century by Cardinal Francesco Pisani, a Venetian patrician who was the Bishop of Padua. The villa, which stands on the ruins of a medieval building, became the administrative headquarters of the Pisani family funds in the Paduan Lowlands. At the behest of the Cardinal who commissioned it, the villa was splendidly frescoed by the most famous painters at the time, testifying to the prestige and wealth of the family. The English Garden is still the highlight of the villa, and even nowadays it hosts numerous events. Realized in the 19th century thanks to Countess Evelina, wife of the last member of the Pisani family, it became an excellent example of romantic garden with contaminations to the Italian garden. The garden was realized as the Countess had dreamed it, full of references to her many travels and her knowledge. For example, Evelina recollected her beloved Constantinople with the realization of two beautiful stone peacocks that, according to the Muslim tradition, represent the guardians of the house, and with the cultivation of thousands of tulips, the flowers of Allah. The bright Evelina conducted the property in an exemplary manner also undertaking actions to improve the conditions of the peasants. In 1880, with the death of Evelina’s husband, the Pisani family died out. The inheritance passed to a distant nephew, the Marquis Carlo Guido Bentivoglio d’Aragona, whose daughter Elisabetta married Count Filippo Nani Mocenigo. At the end of the '60s the heirs of Count Nani Mocenigo sold the property to Mario and Mariella Bolognesi Scalabrin, hence the name of the Villa. .
Villa Miari de Cumani, Sant’Elena d’Este
Near Vescovana there is another wonderful 20-acre English garden. It was realized in 1856 on a project by the engineer Osvaldo Torquato Paoletti, student of Japelli. This irregular shaped garden contains all the elements of the Romantic garden and the criterions of the informal garden: a pond, a grotto, small sculptures, the vegetation sometimes exotic, the Swiss chalet on the shores of the lake which recalls the alpine landscape, the Hermit’s Hill, the Olive Trees’ Hill, St. Giacomo’s Chapel, the clearing of the Witches’ Plain, the Castelluccio Island, the shores of Lago Scuro, the statue of Bacchus located in an open space among the groves, and the Nymphaeum. All these neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance elements, including the evocative names of the places, contribute to the picturesque atmosphere of the garden. A watercolor layout is preserved in the family archives displayed in one of the halls of the villa. It reproduces the spatial conception which still remains almost perfectly unchanged. Among the vegetations a cluster of bald cypresses (Taxodium distichum) stands out. The aerial roots of these trees contribute to the picturesque and scenic atmosphere of the lake.
Giacomin Romiati’s Garden, Padua
Downtown Padua there is a secret and romantic garden. It was designed by Jappelli whose incredible imagination conjugated plant and artificial elements in an admirable language. Here the perception of magic, eclectic and fantastic reaches sublime levels. The garden was realized between 1839 and 1840 and it was conceived for the moments of otium of the owners. The space is scenically set exploiting the external architectures, such as the apse of St. Francis’ church, as backdrops of the scene. The 2500 square meter area is dilated by perspective effects which were created with high grounds near the perimeter of the garden. For example, a small hill along which departs a path deliberately harsh and initiatory between fake relics and rocaille leads to an octagonal tower that is the focal point of the garden. It is noteworthy to mention the plant architecture that includes a majestic hanging beech (Fagus Silvatica Pendula), a secular Judas tree (Cercis Siliquastrum), a Japanese big leaf magnolia, some imposing yews (Taxus Baccata) and an ancient Chinese holly tree (Ilex Cornuta).
Villa Roi Fogazzaro Colbachini, Montegalda
Giovanni Fogazzaro, grandfather of the writer Antonio Fogazzaro, purchased the villa in 1846, and commissioned the Vicentine architect Antonio Caregaro Negrin to restore the villa and design the park. The writer loved to stay here during the period of the grape harvest and some passages of his novel Little Modern World are set in this villa. The Italian Garden consists of 8 square flowerbeds that enclose other four flowerbeds with a central tank for aquatic plants. The Romantic Park has a small lake and a wide riding track. Both gardens coexist in harmony. On the shores of the lake there are some beautiful bald cypresses and tamarisks. From the lake a suggestive network of small canals and bridges develops. Colbachini, the current owner, has set up the Museum of Bells of Veneto in a wing of the Villa. It displays a wide collection of bells dating from 1000 A.D. to present time. It is definitely the richest collection of bells in Europe.
Villa Revedin Bolasco, Castelfranco
This Villa (1852-1865), now owned by the University of Padua, was designed by the architect Giambattista Meduna who became famous because he renovated important monuments in Venice such as the Teatro della Fenice, St. Mark, and the Ca' d’Oro. The building is surrounded by a large 19-acre English-style Romantic Park which was designed by Meduna and other famous plant architects such as Francesco Bagnara, Marc Guignon and Antonio Caregaro Negrin. The latter worked there between 1868-1878 and designed the current configuration of the park. Also, he designed a covered shelter for boats and the Hispano-Moorish style greenhouse. In the Park there is a riding arena, the Cavallerizza, which is surrounded by 52 statues, some of which are attributed to Orazio Marinali from Bassano. In the eastern part of the border wall is located the Colombara. In 2018 the park was awarded the title of “Most beautiful public park in Italy” by the National Network of parks and gardens.
Villa Papafava, Rovolon
Since the 13th century the Papafava Counts have been the owners of this estate that includes a park designed by its owner, Alberto Papafava, in 1860. The count reclaimed the marshy area of the plain by digging a 7-acre lake with a very articulated outline that makes it look like a natural body of water well integrated in the landscape. The 300-acre park also includes a renowned golf course. Along the paths of the garden there are a cave, a bamboo grove, a ravine and a neoclassical temple, all of them are characteristic elements of the landscaped garden.
The Venetian Villas of the Brenta Canal
The Venetian Villa represents an early tourist attraction: a cruise along the Brenta Canal admiring the series of magnificent 15th and 16th century villas along its banks.
The Brenta Canal that connects Venice with Padova has been the fashion for as long as four centuries, and is still as spectacular as ever.
Within a one hour distance radius, you will find numerous Palladio Villas (“Palladian Villas”). Plan your own personalized Palladio journey the way you like best, according to your own standards. Starting from Vicenza, for example, only half an hour away from Terre Bianche.
The City of Vicenza and the Palladian villas of Veneto are included in the Unesco World Heritage List and offers various itineraries, that can also be done by bicycle on special cycle paths, along which you will find master pieces of the Palladio architecture with its typical landscaping, such as Villa Americo Capra Valmarana, also called “la Rotonda”, or Villa Valmarana ai Nani (with Tiepolo affrescos) and Cordellina Lombardi. We are happy to help you plan your day out and have all the appropriate information here at Terre Bianche.
Out of the Box
And for those who are interested in finding the unusual, the surprise, the experience most tourists don’t get to see as they run from one highlight to another, think of.
The PRE-CINEMA Museum, Padova 20 minutes away from Terre Bianche, also known as the museum “the Magic Lantern”, whose curator won the 2008 Jean Mitry Prize, has become of international renown. This museum offers various pre-cinema journeys that show how the World of Cinema came about, such as Goethe’s Italian Journey, the Italian Visions by Dickens, In Search of Lost Time and Victorian Christmas, and for recent activities go to Facebook.
Brand new MUSME (inaugurated June 2015), Padova’s museum of the History of Medicine located in the monumental complex of the ancient Hospital of San Francesco built in 1414, interactive and original, discover Medicine the way you’ve never seen it before!
The Museum of Jews (inaugurated June 2015). Padova is known all through history as the city of medicine and jews.
The Esapolis Museum of Insects, Padova only 20 minutes away, has a Mission: to show the world of insects to everybody, old and young. But, only for those who are not afraid of LIVE insects!
The international mask museum of Amleto and Donato Sartori, at Abano Terme 10 minutes away from Terre Bianche, which offers besides an important collection of masks which follows their ethnological and anthropological history through many important ritual and tribal functions, various activities such as the Seminar “Art of the Mask in the Commedia dell’Arte”, scientific research for the Masks and Gestural Structures Centre, courses and teaching in collaboration with the University of Padua, conferences and workshops on restoration, painting, conservation and sculpture.
The MUVEC, the museum of bells (Museo delle Campane e dei Campanelli) in Montegalda, here 12 minutes away, set in the context of a “Villa Veneta” and its historical gardens.