The Bassi - Rathgeb collection, Abano Terme

Via Pietro d'Abano, Abano Terme

The gallery of civic art and the municipal gallery of contemporary art are located in two buildings placed on either side of the grand gate of Montirone. The gallery of civic art displays over 50 works of art including paintings, drawings and miniatures from the Roberto Bassi Rathgeb collection, a scholar and collector from Bergamo who left his collection of paintings, drawings, weapons and furnishings to the town of Abano Terme in 1972. The collection, which in all features over 450 items, and the works of art on display at Montirone date from the fifteenth century right up the early 1900s.

Useful information: the official website of Padua’s museums

 

The Sartori international Mask Museum, Abano Terme

Via Savioli (on the corner of San Pio X), Abano Terme

The Amleto and Donato Sartori International Mask Museum is located in Villa Trevisan Savioli, one of the most stately country retreats of noble Venetians in the region, dating from the eighteenth century. The museum focuses on the personality and artistic development of Amleto Sartori and his son Donato and is based on the valuable collection put together by meticulous research efforts that covered every inch of the globe. Amleto, a sculptor and poet, spent the last years of his life seeking the origin of Italian commedia dell’arte masks; while Donato Sartori, as well as working as a sculptor, cooperated with the foremost directors and actors in Italian, European and American theatre and founded the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali in 1979 with Paola Pizzi and Paolo Trombetta.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums; the museum’s official website

 

Petrarch's House. Arqua' Petrarca

Arqua' Petrarca - Via Valleselle, 4

Petrarch’s house was created by connecting two existing buildings. According to recent research, it seems that the poet lived with his family on the lower floor of the house (which dates back to around 1369), while the servants lived on the floor above. The poet moved to Arquà in order to spend the last years of his life there and redesigned the layout, raising part of the first floor and having his study decorated. The house as we see it today is the result of several restoration phases that began after Petrarch’s death. It is now a museum where visitors can see the study, library and rare objects belonging to the poet, such as his chair and his famous embalmed cat.

 

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums; the page on Padua’s City Museums website (Padova Cultura)

 

The Natural History Museum of Villa Beatrice d'Este on Mount Gemola, Baone

Set up in rooms on the ground floor of the villa, to the right of the central hall, is a small but important museum that illustrates the natural features of the Euganean Hills: flora and vegetation, fauna classed according to environments and mushrooms. Like the rest of Villa Beatrice d’Este, it is the property of the provincial government of Padua.

Useful information: the Museums of the Euganean Hills website


The Museum of River Navigation, Battaglia Terme

Via Ortazzo 63, Battaglia Terme 

The Battaglia Museum of River Navigation, a one-of-a-kind institution, is located in the building that once housed the public slaughterhouse. The museum offers visitors a journey through the ancient world of river transport and tells the fascinating tale of the world and culture of barcari riverboat workers. Thanks to the enthusiasm and willingness of a few former barcari, who from the late 1970s on collected precious artefacts and documents, it has been possible to reconstruct and publicly display historical accounts of inland navigation, shipbuilding work, the different kinds of flat-bottomed boats, propulsion methods and life on board.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums; the museum’s official website

 

The Bacchiglione river Museum, St. Martino della Vaneza Castle, Cervarese S. Croce

Via Castello di San Martino, Cervarese San Croce

San Martino della Vaneza Castle was built to defend the area. The tower is the oldest part of the site and dates from 1000 a.d. During the domination of the Da Carrara family, it was raised higher and other two-storey buildings were annexed to it. Under Venetian rule, the castle was turned into a river port. The rooms inside are the home of Bacchiglione’s archaeological museum, owned by the provincial government of Padua, featuring pre-Roman and Roman artefacts found in the river between Cervarese Santa Croce and Ponte San Nicolo'. Other rooms display medieval and modern ceramics, while the geomorphological section houses two oak single-trunk pirogues dating from the eighth century a.d., discovered in the Bacchiglione river in 1972, near the bridge of Selvazzano Dentro. This section ends with a map that allows visitors to understand how waterways have evolved in the area.

Useful information: the Museums of the Euganean Hills website

 

The Cava Bomba Museum of Geopaleontology and Industrial Archaeology, Cinto Euganeo

Via Bomba, Cinto Euganeo

An example of industrial archaeology, the outdoor visitor’s trail among old furnaces and mills used for the stone working process reconstructs every aspect of quicklime production from the late 1800s to the second half of the last century. The museum also boasts an exhibition of tools used in the past for quarrying and shaping the stone (trachyte, scaglia limestone and marl) extracted in Euganean quarries. Inside the building, the geo-paleontological museum is divided into three display areas: the geology and palaeontology of the Euganean Hills; mineralogy; and the nineteenth-century collection of Count Nicolò Da Rio. The museum was founded in 1974 after a deposit of fossil fish dating from the Late Cretaceous epoch was discovered in the limestone quarry above. An outdoor geological park has recently been opened, featuring large samples of rock and models of life-size prehistoric animals. The site is the property of Padua’s provincial government.

Useful information: the Museums of the Euganean Hills website

 

The Atestino National Museum, Este

Via Guido Negri 9/C, Este

The museum is located in the sixteenth-century palace of Mocenigo, built as an extension of Este’s city walls. Its 11 exhibition halls boast thousands of artefacts related to the ancient Veneti tribe, dating from 1000 b.c. These include valuable grave goods, the famous Benvenuti Situla (a masterpiece in bronze made by Veneto-based artisans of the seventh century b.c.) and the princely tomb of Nerka. Moreover, prehistoric materials from the local area and Arquà Petrarca’s Costa lake are also on display, as are Roman artefacts from ancient Atheste and local ceramics produced up until the present day. The last exhibition hall also features a fine Madonna with Child by Cima da Conegliano.

Useful information: official website; the page on the official website of Padua’s museums

 

The Museum of the Euganean Hills, Galzignano Terme

Via F. Filzi, Galzignano Terme

A small but innovative museum that describes the environment and the natural features of the Euganean Hills, arranged in themed, easy-to-understand and captivating sections covering archaeology and natural history and featuring descriptions and reconstructions. The museum is part of the Province of Padua’s museum circuit.

 

The O. and G. Centanin Museum of Steam-Driven Machines And Engines, Monselice

Via F. Petrarca 44, Monselice

The museum of steam-driven machines is the home of the Centanin family’s collection, mainly featuring stationary and self-propelling steam engines as well as various machines dating from a period stretching from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, used in the mechanisation of farming and in related industries such as the reclamation of marshland.

Useful information: official page

 

Stefano Piombin Civic Museum, Monselice

Riviera Belzoni 22, Monselice

The Stefano Piombin civic museum in Monselice was officially founded in 1994 with the approval of the regional government, once a permanent home was found for Roman stone artefacts that had previously been moved from place to place, including the old town hall and Cini Castle. In 1998, all the Roman artefacts were properly catalogued, inventoried and put on public display in a room of Villa Pisani.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums

 

The Antiquarium Longobardo and the Carlo Scarpa Museum of rarities, Monselice

Via Del Santuario 11, Monselice

Located in Cini Castle’s library building, this museum is home to a necropolis discovered on Monselice’s Rocca hill and features seven buried bodies (four adults and three children) with grave goods that date back to the first half of the seventh century, found in countryside excavations from 1988 to 1996 in the only Longobard archaeological site in the province of Padua. The Antiquarium Longobardo, Cini Castle and Mastio Federiciano, now regional heritage sites, are all part of Monselice’s museum network run by Rocca di Monselice Srl.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums; Monselice Castle’s website

 

The Franciscan Missionary Museum, Monselice

Ever since 1992, a large hall in this museum displays the artefacts brought back by all Veneto’s Franciscan missions scattered throughout the world, which were once kept in the region’s convents. Given the quantity and rarity of the materials, many are artefacts that come from China, not to mention the importance of other missions, once sites of apostolic work (and sometimes of martyrdom) for many Veneto-born monks. Chinese civilisation is therefore well represented in its various eras including those pre-dating Christianity, with wall hangings, clothing, coins and objects in bronze, majolica, jade and wood. Next come Japanese, African, Central American, Filipino, Albanian, Indian and Palestinian artefacts of artistic, historic and religious value.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums

 

The International Museum of Glass Art and Geothermal Baths, Montegrotto Terme

Via E. Fermi 1, Montegrotto Terme

This museum is home to over 700 high quality glass works of art, produced using various different production techniques by renowned glass artists from Murano, such as Archimede Seguso, Alfredo Barbini, the Toso brothers, Gianpaolo Seguso and Guarnieri. An exhibition hall devoted to the great masters has also been set up, featuring the works of Busato, Nason, Sivini, Ernst and others. Historically and artistically important twentieth-century objects and sculptures are on display, produced by designers such as Fulvio Bianconi, Carlo Scarpa for Bernini glassware and other pieces by Maestri Vetrai Muranesi Cappellin & C., Cenedese and Masciarelli. A few pieces in Daum glass made in the glassworks of Nancy are also on display, such as the work of art by Cèsar entitled Pouce, a series of artistic stained glass pieces and various typical Venetian chandeliers, sumptuously decorated with flowers and leaves on several branches, known as chiocche in the eighteenth century. Part of the exhibition is set aside for the collection of glass sculptures produced by master glassmaker Archimede Seguso for Luxardo, the famous glassworks.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums; official website

 

The Dino Formaggio Museum of Contemporary Art, Teolo

Via Molare 1, Teolo

The Dino Formaggio museum of contemporary art, set up by Teolo’s town council, features paintings and sculptures dating from the late 1800s to the present day. Visitors can admire around 200 works of art by famous artists that now have established reputations as far as art critics and the history of art are concerned. The museum has been named after Dino Formaggio, professor emeritus at the University of Milan, who collected and donated every single work of art on display in the museum to the town of Teolo. The museum is located in Teolo, in Palazzetto dei Vicari.

Useful information: the page on the official website of Padua’s museums; Teolo borough council’s website