Arquà Petrarca is a small medieval village that still maintains its unchanged the charm of the ancient times; it’s considered the pearl of the Colli Euganei (the local hills). The village was inhabited ever since the Roman times and became important afterFrancesco Petrarca, one of the major poets and father of the Italian language, decided to spend the last years of his life in the characteristic peace of this area.
How to get there
Arquà Petrarca is located approximately 108 km from Eraclea Mare. Take the highway at Noventa di Piave and head towards Mestre-Padova-Bologna. Exit at Terme Euganee and follow directions to Galzignano-Arquà.
Things to see…
Arquà Petrarca, named after the famous Italian poet Francesco Petrarch, is an oasis ofart and nature in the very heart of the Veneto region. The town sits among two hillsides and a rolling landscape that leads towards the lowlands. Airiness, lightness and tranquillity: no other state of mind could better define this fourteenth century settlement characterized by silence in a scenery with the moods of Petrarch when he spent the last years of his life there.
Along the twisting lanes leading from the lower to the higher sections of the town, it is easy to be immediately absorbed in a rural fantasy that starts with the sight of the very first stone houses, to continue with the old washing and drinking tubs, located immediately before the fountain dedicated to Petrarch and terminating in the churchyard of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The Poet’s tomb lies in the center of the churchyard and the arch, built six years after his death, was built in red Verona marble. The recently renovated church contains examples of frescoes from the Venetian-Byzantine school, including an altarpiece by Palma the younger. Palazzo Contarini, in gothic-Venetian style, dating from the 15th century. Villa Alessi, originally built in the 1300s and renovated in 1789 and The Oratory of the Holy Trinity with the Loggia dei Ricariche.