:: Castles in the Euganean Hills
The Castles: witnesses to an epic past in the Euganean Hills
Know the Euganean Hills means to appreciate
and discover its nature with numerous hiking trails and its beautiful
landscapes but also the history of the territory of Euganean Hills that
over the centuries has left important traces. Attractions in Euganean
Hills there are several museums, villas,
castles, abbeys, monuments,
stately homes, etc.. which we will propose a cultural tourist excursion.
Defend the access routes and the cities from enemy invasion and, at
the same time, the symbol of prestige and power: the Castles
in the Euganean Hills were built to perform both functions, their majestic
stance still exciting us today.
Catajo Castle I Battaglia Terme
Even though it was built in the 1500s, this Castle bears the outward
appearance of a medieval fortress. Inside there are a full 350 rooms
and the piano noble or main floor was frescoed by Zelotti, a student
Carrarese Castle di Valbona I Lozzo Atestino
The perfectly preserved Carrarese di Valbona Castle was once part of
a series of fortifications to defend the western border of the area
dominated by Padua.
At fìrst this Castle only served as a small fortress. Later it
was transformed into the residence of Ezzelino III and then was fiirther
aesthetically modified by the Carraresi family. The Carraresi halls
and the XIV century fireplaces are worthy of note.
San Martino della Vaneza Castle / Cervarese
Built to defend the banks of the Bacchiglione, this castle was donated
to the city of Padua by the Carraresi so that they wouid be responsible
for protecting the Paduan territory.
Though today only the surrounding wall of this Castel remains, it still
gives an idea of the original grandeur of the XIV century reconstruction
performed by Ubertino da Carrara.