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N.14 - Monte Grande pathway

 
The piana delle Fiorine is the Lieta Carraresi Park, the first protected area of the Euganean Hills, established before the park. Here you’ll find an equipped rest area, created by the Euganean Hills Regional Park, that is accessible also to people with disabilities, and equipped with tables, fountains, WC. aree di sosta

The pathway

The Monte Grande trail starts close to the Sella delle Fiorine: the departure point is at the rear of the restaurant “Baita delle Fiorine” and, at the beginning, it follows a forest path that goes across the northern side of the hill, which is characterized by chestnut trees and sporadic sessile oaks, sycamore maples, common and hop hornbeams. This part of the trail is absolutely easy: with its gentle ups and downs, it does not exceed 325 meters of altitude.
After about 1,5 km the trail crosses another path that goes uphill with hairpin bends up to the top of Monte Grande, from Bettone street on the eastern side of the hill.

 Turn right following the street that goes upward. From here the trail goes uphill and, after a stretch of 0,8 km distributed in 6 hairpin bends, you reach the top of the hill at an altitude of 476 meters. Actually the top is almost a flat ridge of about 500 meters, where the big white sphere of the ARPAV weather radar stands towering above the panorama; it is the main radar of the region, which covers a range of up to 250 km.

Then, the street goes quickly downhill (1 km) through the southern side of the hill, that is characterized by thermophilic plants with manna ash, downy oaks, strawberry tree and, in the brushwood, cistus and tree heath. Finally, there are the last hairpin bends before coming out in the piana delle Fiorine, in a chestnut and sessile oak wood: in this natural space an adventure-obstacle-course has recently been created, with ropes, rope ladders, trees joined together with rope bridges creating many pathways with various degrees of difficulty and heights from the ground.

More info about Adventure park Le Fiorine »

Not to be missed

Nearby, making a deviation from
the trail:

• Remains of the Rovolon Castle

• Monte della Madonna benedictine monastery

• S. Antonio Abate church and grotto

 
 
Characteristics
Departure point: Passo delle Fiorine
Length: 4,2 Km   When: all year round
Average travelling time: 2 h   Height difference: 150 m
Degree of difficulty: low. People of all ages can cover this trail, with suitable clothes and hiking shoes
Download the map in pdf format »
Click on the image to see and print the cartography of the trail

How to reach the departure point

Reaching the trail from Abano Terme (15 km): Cover Appia Monterosso street until you reach Praglia, then take the strada provinciale towards Teolo: this street is flat until Villa, then it goes up to 165 meters in Teolo Alto; from here, turn left to the street that leads to the Monte della Madonna until you reach the Piana delle Fiorine (350 m amsl), where you’ll find wide parking areas.

A thank you to the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills for the permission to use the trails cartography - www.parcocollieuganei.com »
 
 
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