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N.9 - Monte Venda pathway

 
Casa Marina:
it is where the Visitor Centre is based, hostel and laboratory of Natural Education of the Euganean Hills Regional Park.

The pathway

From Casa Marina the trail continues as a dirt road upward on a gentle slope, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cherry trees. On the right, you’ll see the wooded slope of Mount Venda and, almost on its top, the remains of the ancient Olivetano Monastery appear. A little equipped rest area marks aree di sosta the beginning of the real trail, which can be covered also by people with motor disabilities. The first part of the trail has a southern exposure and is characterized by thermophilic plant species:

downy oaks, strawberry trees, tree heaths and brooms; on the left, the sight opens wide onto the southern part of the Hills, with the pleasant town of Faedo, the Fasolo Mounts, Gemola, Rusta, Lozzo and, looking south-west you’ll see the plain and if the day is clear also the Apennines on the horizon.
On the right there is a deviation of the trail which leads to the equipped rest area aree di sosta close to the big stony slope of the southern side of the Mount Venda.

A little further you’ll reach a wide majestic area topped with chestnut trees : they are the hundred-year-old “maronari” of the Venda.
In this area, which is also equipped with tables and benches for stopping over, there is something magical about these splendid twisted-shaped vegetable monuments, with their hollow trunks sloping into a depression in the ground, that in the rainy seasons changes into a little lake, a wet area of great naturalistic interest.

If you go further along the trail which is now completely flat, you arrive at the northern, fresher, side of the mount that is characterized by a chestnut wood with hornbeams and ash trees. After a short stretch, you’ll come out into the glade of a former quarry, where there is a rest area. You’ll go back to the departure point by covering the trail backwards.

 

More info about
Casa Marina »

Not to be missed

Nearby, making a deviation
from the trail:

• The Euganean Hills botanical garden
(by Casa Marina)

• Sorgente delle Volpi – water spring

• Ruins of the Olivetan monastery

• Buso della Casara

 
 
Characteristics
Departure point: Casa Marina
Length: 5 Km   When: all year round
Average travelling time: 1 h   Height difference: 50 m
Degree of difficulty: low. People of all ages can cover this trail. Suitable also for disabled people.
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 the San Daniele strada provinciale until you reach the Torreglia city centre. Turn right on the Speronella strada provinciale that goes up hill, until you reach the fork for the Roccolo. Here the street (Roccolo street) goes up hill steeply with hairpin bends until the pass; go beyond the hill and, after 700 meters, after the bend and the little church on the opposite side, turn right for Sottovenda street until you reach Casa Marina, that is the Visitor Centre of the Euganean Hills Park. You can either park here or further on, closer to the trail.

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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