The province of Padua boasts a variety of natural and artistic beauties, concealing also curiosities and anecdotes often unknown; nice resorts to visit, places with a rich historical heritage, but above all a province to enjoy, where you are not a simple passenger, but you can feel part of its everyday life.
This area was inhabited since the II millennium B.C. by the Paleovenetians, an Indo-European ethnic group of Greek and Etruscan origin that over the centuries was influenced by Egyptians and Celts until the arrival of the Romans.
In fact south of the city there is place called “Mezzavia” whose name comes from its position that, according to the calculations made by the Romans, was midway (that is "mezzavia") between Rome and Vienna.
It was a place to stop and rest that benefited by the nearness of the Euganean Hills, ancient extinct volcanoes at whose feet a thermal water with special reinvigorating curative properties flowed (and still flows today); so the first spa of the area was built here and now its remains are still visible.
Then over the centuries this area was the scene of bloody battles, the cradle of noble families and the witness of a long series of historical, political and religious changes. Villages, castles, villas and monasteries scattered all over this territory hand down its history.
[img2:sinistra]Today the natural park of the Euganean Hills, unique of its kind for its biodiversity and production area of DOC wines, frames the Euganean Spas, a group of resorts representing the international reference point of thermal tourism and wellness. Moving south, there are little towns like Monselice, Este and Montagnana with its valuable city walls completely intact and their beauty bears witness to some of the events occurred in the past in a territory always very sought after.
The north side of the province is characterized by the presence of the river Brenta that has strongly marked the economy and the social-economical changes. Moreover the river Brenta, flowing to the sea through its ancient bed, represents another typical unique aspect of the territory, that is the "Brenta Riviera".
The wonderful Venetian villas present here, in particular Villa Contarini, imposing example of the Palladian architecture surrounded by a 40-hectare park, and Cittadella, ancient walled city where you can still walk on the communication trench among battlements and towers, leave space to natural oasis, springs, floor beds and woods.
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