Euganei Hills: A delightful path of Wellness and Wine
Nestled in the heart of the Veneto region in northern Italy, the Colli Euganei hills offer a captivating journey where wellness and wine harmoniously blend.
Not only thermal spas, Euganean Hills is candidate for the “UNESCO Biosphere Reserve” for its rich biodiversity.
With their picturesque landscapes, and renowned vineyards, this enchanting destination beckons travelers seeking a unique experience that rejuvenates both body and soul.
In this article, I would invite you to follow the path of wellness and wine through the Colli Euganei hills, as we explore the beauty and explore region’s therapeutic treasures and indulge in its exquisite wines.
Unveiling the Colli Euganei Hills
The Colli Euganei hills, a volcanic range, are a hidden gem in the Veneto region. Embarking on a journey here means delving into a world of natural beauty, tranquility, and wellness.
The lush green hills, dotted with ancient villages, vineyards, and olive groves, create a captivating backdrop for exploration.
Living an experience fullest of Wellness
Colli Euganei Hills are known for their unique thermal waters, which contribute to the region’s reputation as a wellness destination. The presence of these thermal waters can be attributed to the geological composition of the area and the volcanic activity that occurred in the past.
The Colli Euganei Hills are of volcanic origin, with the hills themselves being the remnants of ancient volcanic activity. This volcanic history has played a significant role in the formation of thermal waters in the region. The underground volcanic activity has led to the creation of aquifers, which store and circulate water through the geothermal system.
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Let’s continue the experience through the well-marked paths wind through monumental Villas, vineyards, arounded by olive groves offering breathtaking views and a chance to reconnect with nature.
Visiting the Cultural Heritage
Villa Selvatico is a magnificent Renaissance villa that dates back to the 16th century. It is situated in the town of Battaglia Terme, within the regional park of the Euganean Hills. The villa is known for its beautiful architecture, English style gardens, and surrounding natural scenery.
At the behest of the Marquis Bartolomeo Selvatico, construction work on the villa began in 1593 and was completed in 1647 by the illustrious doctor Benedetto Selvatico, with the mastery of the master builder Tomio Sforzan.
The current structure of the villa is the result of over four centuries of modifications, modernizations and expansions. Palladian inspiration, the exotic influence of the dome, the internal frescoes and the crenellated corner towers tell the centuries-old history of various owners, all in love with the villa to the point of taking care of it and always keeping it in great harmonic balance.
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Villa dei Vescovi
The story of Villa Vescovi begins in the 16th century when it was commissioned by the Vescovi family, who were wealthy Venetian merchants.
Built between 1535 and 1542, the Villa was designed for the bishop of Padua, Francesco Pisani, as a grandiose architectural work inspired by classicism and intended to welcome writers and artists from the cultured circle of intellectuals gathered by the bishop.
The project was entrusted to the Veronese painter-architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto, while the direction of the works fell to the Venetian scholar Alvise Cornaro, responsible at the time for the curial administration.
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Exploring the Rich Heritage of Ceramic Craftsmanship
Nestled in the heart of Padua, Italy, the town of Este holds a treasured legacy in the realm of ceramic craftsmanship.
The town’s rich history, traditional techniques, iconic designs, and vibrant art scene all contribute to Este Padua’s rightful place as a global center of ceramic excellence.
Este Ceramiche Porcellane, is a small factory of artisan ceramics, idealized by the entrepreneur Giovanni Battista Giorgini since 1953, inspired by the heritage of Gerolamo Franchini already world famous as an “inventor” of the great Italian Fashion Shows in Palazzo Pitti in Florence in 1951, renowned for its centuries-old tradition, has been at the forefront of producing exquisite ceramics that embody beauty, artistry, and cultural heritage.
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Wine and Food
Explore the region’s renowned vineyards and wineries, where the art of winemaking has been perfected over centuries. Take guided tours, stroll through the vineyards, and learn about the grape varieties and winemaking techniques that make Colli Euganei wines unique.
Don’t forget to indulge in wine tastings, savoring the flavors and aromas of the region’s exceptional wines.
No visit to the Colli Euganei hills would be complete without savoring their exceptional wines. The region is renowned for its production of renowned wines like the Moscato Fior d’Arancio.
Wine Tasting at Ca Lustra Zanovello
Ca’ Lustra Zanovello is an family owned wine producer from 1977 positioned on the southern slopes of Monte Venda, the highest in the Euganean Hills. A organic wine producer with a territory that extends over 42 hectares, of which 25 are vineyards and the remainder are olive groves, woods and pastures.
It is managed by Franco Zanovello and their Marco and Linda, who together with their motivated and trusted carry out the ancient craft of the winemaking organically and cultivating respectful techniques.
Embark on this guided wine tour, where Linda will guide you through the vine-to-bottle process. Engage in tastings that allow you to appreciate the unique flavors and aromas of the wines produced in this volcanic terroir.
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Complement your wine tastings with the delectable cuisine of the Colli Euganei. The Colli Euganei hills are also a heaven for food enthusiasts.
Visiting a Michelin Star Restaurant Incalmo, showcasing dishes made from locally sourced ingredients or choice a peculiar traditional cuisine by Antica Trattoria Ballota that boasts a rich gastronomic heritage. Indulge in traditional delicacies like the famous risotto with asparagus, green peas with freshly made pasta, and artisanal cheeses.
Relish the farm-to-table experience at agriturismos, where you can savor authentic dishes prepared with love and care.
Visiting Luxardo Italian Liqueur Museum
Luxardo does have a distillery and museum located in Torreglia, Italy, where visitors can learn about the Luxardo family’s liqueur production and heritage.
Luxardo is an Italian liqueur producer known for its range of high-quality spirits and liqueurs. One of their most renowned products is Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, which has gained international recognition and popularity.
Here, visitors have the opportunity to take guided tours that showcase the production process of Luxardo liqueurs. The tour takes the visitor on a highly evocative journey, accompanying him with an immersive and emotional experience with the distillery facilities, where you can learn about the history, traditional methods used in distillation and aging.
You can also explore the cellars where the liqueurs are matured and gain insights into the family’s centuries-old craftsmanship.
During the tour, you can learn about the history of Luxardo and the story behind their renowned Maraschino Liqueur. The knowledgeable guides provide information about the company’s origins, its journey through generations, and the significance of the Marasca cherry in their liqueur production.
Additionally, the visitor center usually includes a tasting room where you can sample a variety of Luxardo liqueurs, allowing you to experience their range of flavors firsthand. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the unique qualities and craftsmanship that have made Luxardo a respected name in the spirits industry.
Euganei Hills, a Perfect Escape
The Colli Euganei hills offer a perfect blend of wellness and wine experiences that make it a perfect destination for those seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and gastronomic delights. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic embrace of natural thermal springs, embark on invigorating hikes, indulge in exceptional wine tastings, and savor the region’s culinary delights. By following the path of wellness and wine through the Colli Euganei hills, you’ll create memories that will linger long after your journey ends.