Arquà Petrarca

In this chapter we will discuss one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Arquà Petrarca, a very popular destination for the most curious visitors.

Arquà Petrarca is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is located at the foot of  Piccolo Mount and Ventolone Mount in the Euganean Hills Regional Park. Inserted in 2011 in the UNESCO World Heritage List, it has very ancient origins, and this is demonstrated by the discovery of a prehistoric pile-dwelling station dating back to the Bronze Age near Lake Costa.

The present residential nucleus still keeps intact its enchanting fourteenth century charm, the charm of which the famous Tuscan poet Francesco Petrarca fell in love. In fact, the poet decided to spend the last years of his life here, probably because this small village reminded him of his beloved homeland.

After the poet's death in 1374 the fame of Arquà became bigger and bigger and his house, together with the funeral monument, are still today a destination for literary pilgrimages and cultural visits. The beauty of the alleys of its historic center and the ability to enhance its local products, have allowed this small village to become a destination for tourism that ranges from the cultural to the food and wine.

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