Explore the Territory
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 is even closer, a city rich with culture, with its historic University and Old Botanical Garden, the New Biodiversity Garden and the Scrovegni Chapel with the Giotto frescoes and the Basilica of Sant’Antonio (saint of miracles!), filled with works by Donatello and others.
Furthermore, you may grab a historical cup of coffee at the Caffè Pedrocchi (birth place of the Risorgimento).
Vicenza is also very close by, famous for its wonderful Palladio villas (Palladian Routes) and Olympic Theater.
We are 40 km away from the charm of Venice and Chioggia, and their surrounding lagoons.
The walled towns
Monselice has been the strategic position for the defense of Padova, first of all by the Romans, then the Longobards, the Franks, the Estensis, and finally the Republic of Venice.
Thousand year old Este is famous for its perfectly preserved walls and its Gothic buildings from the Scaliger age, as well as the Santa Tecla Cathedral which hides an altar piece by Giambattista Tiepolo. Artists such as Shelley, Byron and Debussy stayed here as it was and still is considered a cultural centre.
The medieval city walls of Montagnana include 24 majestic hexagonal towers, each 20 m high. The St Zeno Castle is at the Padova gate, and is a must for any kind of tourist. Furthermore, Montagnana is famous for its raw ham!
We suggest that you visit the monasteries, the convents and sanctuaries that enrich our hills and the province of Padua, that has always been an important religious and spiritual center. The magical atmospheres of these age-old places of worship still today surprise visitors; many are less than 10 km from Agriturismo Terre Bianche.
Abbazia di Praglia (5 km) Admire the quiet meditative environment and its treasures such as the Grand Refectory and the Biblioteca Vecchia (Old Library), home of the famous center for book restauration.
Monteortone Sanctuary (6 km) The Santuario di Santa Maria di Monteortone (Sanctuary of Saint Mary of Monteortone) offer frescoes of Jacopo da Montagnana and a canvas by Palma il Giovane.
Teolo (5 km) The Madonna del Monte Sanctuary is a small and very old Benedictine hermit monastery built in the XVth century managed by the Pragia friars.
Abano Terme (8 km) The Monastary of San Daniele dates back to 1086 and is still inhabited by the Benedictine nuns of the Basilica di Santa Giustina of Padova. The delightful little church was built in 1711, by architect Francesco Muttoni.
Torreglia (6 km) The Hermitage of Monte Rua is Located in a panoramic position on the charming hilly landscape. The Camaldolite Hermitage of Monte Rua is still today inhabited by monks that pray, work and cultivate their humble vegetable garden. It is made up of a church and 14 cells (accessible only to men), each with a bed, a small office and a garden.
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
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.