Abano beyond therapiesThe starting point for the discovery of Veneto’s natural beauties. Thanks to its position at the heart of Veneto and to the easy connections, Abano is the ideal starting point to reach any location in the region and discover its natural wealth, its landscapes of lowlands, mountains, sea and sky..
The particular location on the edge of Abano, their volcanic origin, the different climatic horizons, the active presence of man since ancient times, make them a unique area for its natural, scenic, cultural and art richness.
A perfect environment, a lush vegetation as a setting for many interesting occasions. Villas, castles and villages to visit. Bike paths and dirt roads for mountain bikers. Paths that go through the most beautiful ins, special for lovers of hiking, Nordic Walking or equitation.
“If only I could show you the second Helicon which for you and the Muses I set up in the Euganean Hills!
I really think that you will not ever want to leave from there!”
Land of prestigious vineyards, Euganean Hills offer 13 different DOC wines: White, Fior d’Arancio, Muscat, Novello, Pinelli, Pinot Blanc, Red, Serprino, Tocai, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot, are the wonderful wines that you can enjoy in the many cafes, restaurants and farm.
Present from time far, the olive has such close ties with the euganean that in the territory four indigenous crops survive since centuries: “Rasara”, “Marzemina”, “Rondella” and “Matosso”, each of which produces olives and oils of different quality, processed according to ancient tradition.
Painters, writers and poets sang the praises of the mountains of Veneto. For centuries they have been the dream of daring climbers, legendary skiers, unfatigable hunters, mushroom hunters, or even simple “walkers” in search of lost angles of nature, puffs of fresh air and time released from routine and stress. Here they arise then, in their majestic splendor: Antelao, Sorapiss, Pomagagnon… And other names that instead sound more familiar: Marmolada, Sella, Cristallo, Civetta, Tofane, Schiara, Sasso Nero, Monte Baldo, Ortigara…
The great attraction are the Dolomites, the pale mountains of extreme climbing legend, with sharp and bright pastel-hued peaks. But that’s not all, as mountains of Veneto is also the precious pre-Alpine arc which from Baldo to Cansiglio forms a protective curtain from northern winds: Lessinia, Asiago’s plateau, Grappa, and then Monte Baldo over Lake Garda, which dominates everything.
The possibility of an unforgettable experience, an opportunity for everyone, with no age limits or sporting attitude: it is not necessary to climb the mountains to appreciate them, just a look can suffice to be finally conquered. The Veneto region offers many opportunities for the holiday of mountain lovers, with snow and efficient lifts, opportunities for all seasons wilderness hiking and mountain biking.
Garda Lake owes its success to an extraordinary climatic singularity, so particular that the olive tree grows on its banks; a typical Mediterranean crop that is not reflected in the Po valley. A delicate balance of winds makes the lake an ideal site for the practice of sailing sports, of paragliding and hang gliding in the background of a splendid natural amphitheater, colored in shades of blue and green.
Lacus Benacus was the name given by the Romans who colonized these lands in the first century BC, while the current name “Lake Garda” came into being during the Middle Ages, when the town of Garda, a rich and populous center of commercial traffic, was politically dominant in coastal villages. Today Garda is a pleasant tourist town overlooking the lakeside.
The meeting of the Adriatic Sea with Veneto is memorable: 117 miles of sandy beaches to seal the endless embrace between land and sea.
Beaches composed of amber-colored fine sand, sandy beaches up to 500 metres wide, gently sloping seabed. Between sand dunes and resin scented pines, Venetian coast is not only sport, relaxation and fun. Nature has been very generous with this stretch of coast offering all the colors of the sea, the sky and the earth.
Numerous rivers, first of all the Po and its delta, bathe the vast country and form a dense waterway network that allows unforgettable boat trips in traditional boats. A truly unique experience: a simple telescope will be sufficient to detect the abundant wildlife that inhabit these areas.
Many are the routes that lead to the discovery of beautiful scenery and the extraordinary richness of flora and fauna. All itineraries carefully studied in detail to discover the tourist wonders of the Adriatic coast. Some examples: the visits to botanical gardens of Puerto Calero (Rosolina Mare) and the excursions to Bosco Nordio (Sottomarina). And still many other routes and trails that wind through lagoons, brackish ponds, fish farms, marinas, reed beds, expanses of richly cultivated land. Villages, towns and cities to tell a land rich in culture, art and traditions.
Sailing around the picturesque lagoons that inspired Ernest Hemingway to some of the finest pages of “Beyond the River and into the trees,” you come across a number of quaint fishing villages with brightly painted low houses of the Venetian tradition, such as the peculiar Pellestrina remembered in history as one of the main centers of the lagoon. But also sea resorts often hide surprises. Caorle is perhaps the best example: a tower of 1100, an imposing cathedral and a very particular historical center, consisting of a maze of narrow streets and small squares overlooked by houses painted with bright colors to create a sort of Venice miniature. And in Venice, in the end, as attracted by a magnetic force, lead all the streets, wherever on the coast you are.
The Po estuary
Eastern Rovigo’s province consists of a singular environmental context: the Po delta. Along the road that connects Chioggia and Ravenna, or even better if we leave it to follow smaller roads, we encounter an unusual landscape: a large river, the Po, which has branches in many directions; a lush natural environment where a myriad of many different species of birds fly up grazing, while a light mist softens the hues of sunset.
Yet to be discovered, the delta offers endless possibilities for exploration of an environment where nature is still the absolute ruler. The valleys, canals, marshes and pine forests of the delta have created a sort of natural labyrinth in which to linger and collect impressions of a landscape that thrives on pace to which we are no longer used to.
The Po delta covers an area of over 400 square kilometers of natural reserve. By boat, bicycle, horse, house-boating, canoeing: there are many ways to visit the largest natural Italian park.
When the sea is near the Po is divided into six main branches: Po di Levante, Po di Maistra, Po di Pila, Po di Tolle, Po di Goro and Po Donzella, which demarcates the boundary with Emilia Romagna region. One of the areas of Italy where nature is still untouched, it is characterized by a variety of landscapes ranging from the open sea and closed waters, reed beds, beaches, reaching the cultivated fields surrounding the area. Its particular fauna and flora makes the Po delta a precious and delicate ecosystem, considered the largest wetland in Europe. In this context find their natural habitat many animal species. The Delta is in fact a precious natural place, crowded with many species of sedentary and migratory birds.
Of great appeal is the flora of the delta which varies in colors and reflections depending on position and season.
Fishing is practiced everywhere in the valleys, in the lagoons, and in the branches of the river to find carp, tench, pike and even mullet, sea bream, sea bass. Offshore game fishing is practiced by the presence of large tunas off the coast. The valleys are dotted with huts, traditional settlements characterized by a large fireplace and derived from ancient wood and cane buildings, a reference point for the fisherman and the guardian of the valley.
Explore the delta may be a unique experience. You can dedicate to a series of nature-intensive sports: from fishing to bird watching, walking or riding a bicycle in the nature.