he Euganean Hills rise up in Northeast Italy, not far from the city of Venice. This group of Volcanic reliefs has few rivals in terms of history, beauty and charm. It’s like a treasure chest, full of precious jewels. Among these, the local food and wine: let’s start knowing and appreciating these delicacies, surrounded by enchanting landscapes, suspended between past and present.
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here is a place where emotions from a time past, art, culture and taste, seem to blend with each other. A beautiful, ancient villa in the Italian countryside becomes the source of feelings that inevitably ignite inspiration. It’s here that the Friularo wine was born, fruit of a sensibility slowly acquired over the centuries. (continue)
here are places where food, no matter how delicious, manages to acquire additional, unexpected flavour: places like ‘Ballotta’, a ‘trattoria’, serving typical specialities since the XVII Century to all kind of customers. Among them, very famous people such as Galileo Galilei … and many others! (continue)
Cherries for the Maraschino.
he main ingredient to prepare the sweet ‘Maraschino’ is a particular kind of cherry, the ‘prunus cerasus’ (or ‘black cherry’). Although this ancient liqueur is Dalmatian in origin, nowadays its most famous producer, Luxardo, is on the Euganean Hills.
ne of the most precious gems of the Euganean Hills is certainly Arquà Petrarca. Part of the name of this village derives from that of one of its greatest admirers, the famous Fouteenth Century writer Francesco Petrarca. It’s without doubts a magical place: walking through its narrow alleys, it’s possible to breathe an air full of culture and history.
ust a few images are more than enough to understand the magic and charm of the Euganean Hills. Their gentle slopes create a relaxing landscape, marked by the sounds, the scents and the colors of nature. Endless rows of vines, similar to a precious diadem, surround a place suspended in time, whose pace is perfect for study and meditation.
The Euganean Hills
he Euganian Hills are a group of volcanic reliefs whose height does not exceed six hundred meters. They rise up from the Po valley plain, in the northeast of the Italian peninsula, not too far from the city of Padova. Their name comes from Latin: it was used by the Ancient Romans for the local population.
Petrarch and the Euganian Hills
rancesco Petrarca, one of the most famous intellectuals of the Fourteenth Century, was a great lover of the charm and tranquility of the Euganean Hills, so much to settle in the local village of Arquà. The most renowned work of this author is certainly the ‘Canzoniere’: a collection of compositions (mostly sonnets), in great part about his passion for a woman, Laura. A troubled romance, originating considerations that quite often go well beyond just love.
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