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Abano isn’t just about Spas, mud baths and wellness. Colli Euganei natural park is a wonderful place to cycle or walk around, not to mention some of the most beautiful cities of Italy that you can visit nearby. We also have many golf courses, castles and Villas that make Veneto a region full of surprises
You can start discovering all this from Hotel Ariston Molino
If you love golf, Veneto is definitely one of the best regions in Italy for professional golf courses. Hotel Ariston Molino offers its clients a 16% discount on the Green Fees and Tee Times of some of the major golf courses in Veneto: Montecchia, Padua and Frassanelle. Montecchia Golf Club has 27 holes and many little lakes that make it great fun to play on. Padua Golf Club has 18 holes and was designed by John Harris. It also has many small lakes and sand pits that give you the idea of being in a real natural park. Frassanelle Golf Club is definitelyhistoric and was designed at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the famous Venetian architect Giuseppe Jappelli.
Giotto’s Cappella degli Scrovegni is an absolute masterpiece of the fourteenth century and one of Padua’s main attractions. But let’s not forget Piazza delle Erbe, the old university and historic Caffè Pedrocchi. Spend a few more days visiting Venice, Vicenza, Ferrara, Mantua and Sirmione, near Lake Garda, Bassano del Grappa and super chic Cortina d’Ampezzo. Hotel Ariston Molino organizes Opera tours to Verona, Mantua and Venice.
This land has been a protected site ever since 1989 and extends for over 18.000 hectares of wonderful breathtaking landscapes. We are not surprised that poet Francesco Petrarca chose this place as his last home. It is definitely worth visiting Praglia Benedictine Abbey that has many Renaissance cloisters and the small towns of Galzignano, Torreglia and Valsanzibio.
It’s great to live your time here in Veneto in the open air, cycling down the many bike paths in Padua and surroundings. We particularly suggest bike rides through Parco dei Colli Euganei, the Anello Fluviale (that takes you around the rivers and canals) and also a ride called Lungo il Bacchiglione, to discover this region’s rural lands. When cycling down the amazing Cammino di Sant’Antonio you will be retracing the last steps of the Saint towards Santuario del Noce, where it is said he saw baby Jesus. You can’t miss La via del Sale e dello Zucchero (the salt and sugar path) that runs along an old river that the so-called burci (a type of boat) used to row down to transport salt to Chioggia and sugar to Pontelongo.
There are many historical villas and castles in the area that go to show how rich and powerful Veneto families have been over the centuries. Take time to visit Villa Barbarigo in Galzignano Terme, that has a wonderful garden and monumental entrance. Let’s not forget Villa Selvatico-Sartori and its many beautiful frescos and amazing Villa Duodo, that you can reach by following the votive path of the Seven Churches. We certainly cannot forget the famous Ville degli Este, including Villa Contarini that even has a secret garden If you like castles go and visit Castello del Catajo, full of beautiful Zelotti frescos, but also Castello di Monselicee and Castello di Valbona that date back to the thirteenth century