Welcome to Colli Euganei
Just south of Padua lie the natural-hot-spring resorts of Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme. They have been active since Roman times, when the Patavini built their villas on Mt Montirone. The towns are uninspired, but the waters do cure various ailments.
In the medieval village of Arquà Petrarca, look for the elegant little house where the great Italian poet Petrarch spent his final years in the 1370s.
At the southern reaches of the Euganei, you’ll find Monselice, with its remarkable medieval castle; Montagnana, with its magnificent 2km defensive perimeter; and Este, with its rich architectural heritage and important archaeological museum. Este is also home to Este Ceramiche Porcellane, one of the oldest ceramics factories in Europe.