Arquà Petrarca is a medieval village which preserves an undiminished ancient charm, and is considered the "pearl" of the Euganean Hills".
It was inhabited since the Roman times, and it became more and more famous when the great Italian poet Francesco Petrarca chose to spend the last days of his life in its quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
His house can still be visited, and he is buried there. The poet’s memory attracted many venetian lords who decided to build a house or a villa there in the next centuries: these are now part of an artistic architectural heritage worth visiting again and again, with religious attention.
Airiness, lightness, serenity: this is the mood which envelops the visitor arriving in this village, dating back to the 14th Century, which someone – insisting on Petrarch’s search for peacefulness - called "the town of Eve", the town of those who want to give themselves up to the Nirvana, struck by inner sudden visions.
Actually, the town vibrates with silence, envelops in its views, in its paved narrow streets, in its panoramas, the ardour of youth which dissolves into melancholy, reflecting, as if it were a mirror, Petrarch’s mood when he decided to end his life there. On the other hand the visitor is caught by its luminous look, thanks to the light stone of its houses and churches.
Along the winding ramps taking from the lower to the upper town one gets caught in a rural fantasy starting with the first stone houses, moving on to the ancient washtubs and drinking troughs just before Petrarch’s fountain, and ending up on the parvis of Saint Mary of the Assumption (Santa Maria Assunta).
In the middle of the parvis is Petrarch’s Grave, the sarcophagus erected six years after his death, made of precius Verona red marble.
Recent interventions for preserving and highlighting the natural and historical patrimony have reached their goal, and Arquà Petrarca has recently joined the exclusive Club of The most beautiful Old Villages of Italy, and was also elected Orange Flag of the Touring Club.
Remarkable investments have also been made for the promotion of typical local products, especially of Olive Oil, for which the town joined the Associazione Nazionale Città dell'Olio (National Association of Cities of Oil).
It deserves your visit for the excellence of its landscapes, its typical products, its cultural and artistic destinations nearby: few kilometres separate Arquà Petrarca from Abano Terme, Europe’s finest Spa resort. It takes an hour drive to get to Venice or Verona or Treviso Airports, to reach the charms of the Garda Lake, of Chioggia, or the Po Delta, as well as Asiago in the mountains, or the numerous beautiful towns in the surroundings: Ravenna, Mantova, Bologna, Vicenza. Padova and Ferrara are closer.
For those who come from Padova-Bologna, leave the motorway at "Terme Euganee"; go past Battaglia Terme and turn right at the traffic lights: now you are on the main road to Arquà Petrarca.
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