Nestling among the Euganean Hills, is the perfect destination for an unique travel discovering the real local history, far from crowded squares, to meet the emotions of a tradition that is reflected on the people, food, wine and architecture.
Arquà Petrarca is part of the club “Borghi più belli d’Italia” and in 2017 has been awarded “the 2nd most beautiful village in Italy” (2° borgo più bello d’Italia).
The original core of the historic village was born around 1000 a.d. and it expanded until it reached the appearance of the armonious ‘300 village preserved so far, a place carved in stone where time stands still.
The Euganean Hills, also known as Hills of Venice, are a Natural Park since 1989 in which you can enjoy the Venetian stone views of the villages and the harmonious fusion of mediterranean and alpine flora and fauna.
“I built a small house on the hills Hills, dignified and noble; I lead here in peace the last years of my life, remembering and embracing with tenacious memory absent or deceased friends.”
(Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374)
The fame of the village is strictly related to the poet Francesco Petrarca which choosed to live there for the last years of his life. The mansion, that has became one of the icons of Arquà, can be reached by a short walk from the centre of the village and hosts a permanent exhibition of works and memorabilia of the poet. Petrarca, that is considered one of the most important Italian humanists and poets, died in 1374 and was buried in the village, his pink marble tomb stands out in the square of Arquà.