If you enjoy walking, the Euganean Hills are the perfect destination for your next holiday! Here are some of the best routes to try... Follow us!
1. Ancient trails above Luvigliano (Torreglia)
Luvigliano has so much to offer, despite only being a tiny village nestling in the Euganean Hills, with its little church, Villa Pollini where the composer once lived, the mighty Villa dei Vescovi, the Strada del Vino Colli Euganei winery where you can try local wines and produce before you buy. There is a fantastic path which starts right next to the Villa dei Vescovi.
After an uphill start, the path winds its way through the vineyards with their distinctive chalky white soils, passes close to a small chapel dedicated to the Alpini mountain regiment, before heading back downhill with glorious views over the village below, with the church, Villa Pollini and Villa dei Vescovi all clearly seen, as well as Torreglia and its spas.
2. Sentiero del Monte Fasolo, Faedo
This is an easy walk, suitable for all, in one of the most beautiful parts of the Euganean Hills. After a short section with a view over the surrounding hills, the path leads to an avenue through almond and cypress trees and the delightful church of San Gaetano. There are wonderful views in all directions thanks to its central position in the Euganean Hills. The most unforgettable time of year to take a walk on this trail is when the almond trees are blossoming.
3. Sentiero del Monte Cinto, Cinto Euganeo
Starting from Museo Cava Bomba in Cinto Euganeo, you reach the start of the path where you encounter dinosaurs and remnants of industrial archaeology such as rail tracks and wagons used to transport stone from the quarry.The path winds its way along the hillside behind. After a fairly steep climb, you reach a plateau with a picnic area and views of the old rhyolite quarry, a Volcanic stone used for construction. Heading uphill again and before the path starts to descend, there is an option for a diversion to the Busa dei Briganti, one of the most captivating and breaktaking places in the Euganean Hills, a protruding spur of rock which offers an incredible view of Monte Lozzo, the Berici hills and the vast expanse of the plains to the south.
4. Sentiero San Giorgio, Rovolon
This delightful path is full of things to see and is also known as the “path of faces” due to the number of them that have been carved into the rock by a local artist. Both children and adults alike will enjoy exploring this open-air artwork where you can compete in a sort of treasure hunt, finding the faces, taking photos and sharing them on your social media!
Along the route on Monte Grande you can find the ruins of Castle Rovolon, an ancient fortress, the “heel stone” linked to local popular legends, the La Crose viewpoint which offers a bird’s eye view of Rovolon below, the Berici hills and the snow-capped mountains beyond.
5. Sentiero del Monte Cecilia, Baone
On the first part of the path, the walk is on volcanic rock, where you can look for unusual patterns in the rock which look like roses. On the top of the hill are the remains of a fortress and, on the second half of the walk, you enter a timeless landscape of white gravel paths with views over the surrounding villages and hills. A simple trail, suitable also for children, but one which is full of surprises!
6. Sentiero del Monte Venda, G.G. Lorenzoni
The highest hill in the Euganean range boasts a breathtaking view from its summit, which can also be seen from the ruins of the ancient Olivetani monastery, a timeless place to lift both body and soul.
7. Sentiero delle Create, Battaglia Terme
A trail which, to say the least, is remarkable. Unlike the other paths in the Euganean Hills, it features an adventurous ascent, suitable for experienced walkers, and a landscape which feels surreal.Monte Ceva features a wealth of biodiversity: more than 1,200 species of plants, including some very rare varieties. Thanks to its unusual geological composition and a special micro-climate, it is possible to find Indian fig cactii, dwarf Indian fig cactii and agave bushes living side-by-side.
Climbing to the top of the hill, the Monte Ceva summit cross is reached, in one of the most panoramic places in the whole of the Euganean Hills. Along the trail there is also the Monte Croce quarry and the ruined 12th century Santa Maria monastery.
8. Sentiero di Rocca Pendice
A demanding trail, for experienced hikers, a real adventure!
The path passes the famous Rocca Pendice climbing wall, before then climbing a very steep section where a metal rope has been fixed to the rock to help walkers reach the top of the hill, where there are breathtaking views over the opposite side of the hill and the beautiful Castelnuovo church.
On the summit, there are also the ruins of Speronella castle, a magical place of legends about the princess who lived there. The castle ruins are one of the most beautiful and mysterious places in the Euganean Hills and the window, from where there is a wonderful view, is without doubt one of the most Instagrammable places in the region!
9. Sentiero del Monte Ricco, Monselice
The trail starts with a steep climb on an asphalt road in the centre of Monselice, but, as a sign says at the first viewpoint, “the climb is hard but when you get to the top the view is incredible”.
And it really is! Up here, there is a stunning view over Monselice, with its ‘Rocca’ the imposing rocky outcrop that dominates the town, over the surrounding hills and plains and, on the clearest days, even the Venetian Lagoon is visible. On the climb to the top of the hill, the abandoned quarries can be seen and the famous terrace of Hercules, with a wonderful view of the vast plains to the south.
10. Sentiero Atestino
This trail is in the heart of the Euganean Hills, a long and demanding route for experienced hikers who will be rewarded for their efforts by being able to say that in a single trail they have visited some of the Euganean Hills’ most beautiful sites.
Chief among these is the magical village of Arquà Petrarca, where the trail starts, but also the Mottolone plateau, a natural terrace with views over the surrounding hills and villages, as well as the avenue of almond trees leading to San Gaetano church on Monte Fasolo, not to mention Monte Cecilia and the splendid Villa Beatrice on Monte Gemola.
We hope we have whetted your appetite for your next holiday in Abano and Montegrotto Terme with some of the many hiking opportunities in the region!