Discover Padua and its surroundings.

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Discover Padua and its surroundings.

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Historical gardens and parks.

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The mild climate of the region and the skill of passionate

gardeners and garden designers have left in the area

a host of glorious gardens and centuries old parks.

The garden of Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio ranges

among the most important in Europe. It was re-designed

on a grand scale around the middle Seventeenth century

by the venetian aristocrat Giovan Francesco Barbarigo.

Plenty of water enlivens an extraordinary universe of

fountains, cascades, fishponds and brooks. Classical and

romantic elements combine harmoniously and constitute a

precious patrimony of statues, architectonical decorations,

water games, loggias. A famous labyrinth enhances

the property. The sheer variety and abundance

of flowers and shrubs is one of the most amazing

characteristics of the garden of Villa Emo in Rivella

di Monselice. During the Spring and the early Summer

the garden is at its best with fruit trees in blossom, borders

and lawns are studded with masses of narcissi, roses

reflect their colourful shapes in the water below, masses

of brilliant day lilies create extraordinary borders.

An 8 ha. park surrounds Villa Miari de Cumani in St.

Elena d’Este. The mansion, characterized by embattled

towers and walls, is part of a wide complex which includes

rural houses, greenhouse, the beautiful romantic park

partially created by the Venetian architect Giuseppe

Jappelli (19 th c.) and concluded by Osvaldo Paoletti in 1870

with a lake and grotto.

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The luxuriant park, which surrounds Villa Pisani Scalabrin

in Vescovana, comprises an Italian-style garden and

romantic English-style park with chapel, theatre, barchesse,

rural buildings, statues

and an 18 th c.

neo-gothic little temple.

The park was celebrated

by English writer

Margaret Symonds in

her book “Days spent

on a Doge’s farm”.

Imposing plane-trees

and centuries old oaks

crowd the Frassanelle

Park, which mixes

English style garden

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6 Noventa Padovana,

Villa Valmarana

7 Noventa Padovana,

Villa Giovannelli

8 Vescovana, Villa Pisani

Scalabrin Park

9 Rivella di Monselice,

Villa Emo

10 Battaglia Terme,

Villa Selvatico Sartori

features and romantic park elements. Its artificial grottos

are quite suggestive. The famous Riviera del Brenta with

its beautiful villas starts at Noventa Padovana. In this

small town rise some of the most beautiful villas of the

area: Villa Giovanelli with its imposing façade was erected

in 1670 in palladian style; Villa Grimani Valmarana

was built in the 15 th c. on the ruins of an ancient castle

and keeps 18 th c. frescoes; Villa Giustiniani, a wide rural

complex built at the end of the 16 th c. and restored

in the 18 th c. The riviera del Brenta continues following

the course of the river from Stra to Venice. A charming

trip among villas and gardens, a superb tour which

enchanted poets and travellers, such as Lord Byron and

Goethe, the Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, the scientist

Galileo Galilei, the playwright Carlo Goldoni.

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1 Bagnoli di Sopra, Villa Widmann

2 Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme, Villa Barbarigo

3 St. Elena d’Este, Villa Miari de’ Cumani

4 Selvazzano, Villa Emo Capodilista La Montecchia

5 Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme, Villa Barbarigo

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