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The Eugenean hills are the largest elevation on the Padana plain, rising up abruptly south-west of Padua and reaching their highest point in Monte Venda, with its peak of 601 m.The Regional Park of the Euganean Hills began life in 1989, and extends over an area of 18700 hectares, comprising 15 comunes spread out over the hills and thermal spas of the territory.
The area boasts many and various facets: from its landscape and countryside to its rich history, art and socio-economic aspects. With over 200 well-indicated footpaths and cycle trails it is easy to discover this world where man and nature have co-existed harmoniously since time immemorial. An excursion in the park encompasses not only the majestic natural beauty but also passes archaeological sites, medieval castles, fortresses, abbeys and churches, moving on in time to aristocratic villas (witnesses to the 'villa culture' prevalent in the age of the Venetian Republic), and antique farmhouses.
The whole territory's history goes back to the Palaeolithic epoch. Epicentre of the Paleovenetian civilisation, it witnessed the Roman epoch, Medieval and Renaissance. Completing this rich historical picture there is the natural aspect, with its luxuriant environment, the fruits of agriculture, the tradition of thermal spas and health cures, the tradition of hospitality and the centres of art. All of this combines to provide the visitor with everything he or she desires.
Passing through the natural setting we may encounter chestnut and oak trees, vast expanses of green fields and meadows and vividly-coloured orchards. Olives are grown on the hillsides, as well as vines, which produce top-quality wines. The typical fauna here comprises small mammals such as hedgehogs, moles, shrews and dormice.
Sights not to be missed include: the castle of Catajo at Battaglia Terme, the Cini castle at Monselice, Villa Vescovi at Luvigliano, the gardens of Villa Barbarigo at Galzignano Terme, the abbey of Praglia and the Geopaleontological museum of Cava Bomba at Cinto Euganeo.