Ginestre municipal park

Rivadolmo di Baone locality

Ginestre municipal park, located on a short slope that gently descends towards the parish church of Rivadolmo and the A-road between Este and Cinto Euganeo, Vo' and Teolo, is close to the cycle path that runs along the banks of the Bisatto canal. The park covers an area of over two and a half hectares (six acres) and was created by the environmental reclamation of the remains of an old quarry that produced scaglia rossa pink limestone, a material used to produce quicklime and cement. After the quarry site had been exploited to exhaustion, and following initial work to repair it, the area’s temperate climate encouraged the appearance of a fairly diverse range of plants which added some exotic species to native plants of the area. Privet, hawthorn, broom and some magnificent roses are just some of the plants you’ll come across when visiting the park. Apart from its natural and educational attractions, Ginestre Park also includes a botanical garden of the Euganean Hills and a ‘life trail’ that winds along the park’s meandering lanes

 

'Pietro d'Abano' municipal park

The old town centre of Battaglia Terme

The jewel in the crown of the Pietro d’Abano geothermal baths (formerly the INPS social security office and now owned by Veneto’s regional government), the park first opened in 1936. It was famous for its Italian garden boasting verandas and fountains, some of which were fed from hot springs, and wide lanes shaded by magnolias and linden trees with lawns and clumps of ash trees, conifers and poplar trees. With approximately nine hectares of surface area (22 acres), it saw a long period of neglect and decline after the closure of some of the INPS’s geothermal spa facilities in 1991. Now entirely reclaimed by the park authority’s forestry workers thanks to regional government funds, the park also boasts one of the three trails set up by CERPA (the European Centre of Research and Promotion of Accessibility) for the partially sighted.

 

Villa Draghi park

Montegrotto Terme

This is one of the biggest hillside parks belonging to one single estate (32 hectares, 79 acres) in the Veneto region. Oak and chestnut woods surround small clearings crossed by lanes that intersect the main path. The park offers many stunning perspectives and wide-open views alternate with brief glimpses that fleetingly appear and disappear between the trees, lawns and bushes. The villa is located at the top of a knoll where visitors can enjoy a lovely view towards the natural amphitheatre of the plains, dotted with villages, streams, hot springs and farmland. Behind the villa, the hill continues its ascent, creating a backdrop for it.

The park’s footpaths are part of the Top Walk Nordic Walking network of trails and are in the geolocation system of tourist itineraries set up by the park authority of the Euganean Hills, which currently offers three trails.

 

Butterfly Arc and 'Bosco delle Fate' fairy woods

Via Scavi 21 bis, Montegrotto Terme

This attraction features a living reconstruction of the exotic habitats where over 400 of some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies mate, feed on flowers and breed every day. There are three tropical butterfly gardens: the Amazonian or neo-tropical section, the Afro-tropical section and the Indo-Australian section. Visitors to the Casa delle Farfalle butterfly house can observe all the stages of butterfly development: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly. Visitors are also shown the difference between butterflies and moths and can learn about aposematic colouring, startle effects and tricks adopted for survival – such as Batesian, Mullerian and cryptic camouflage – and see live examples of them. Watching them live means seeing the way they behave and being able to carry out ethological research.

Useful information: Butterfly Arc's official website

 

'Lieta Carraresi' park in Passo Fiorine

Located in the dip between Mount Grande and Monte della Madonna, this park – owned by Padua’s provincial government – is known as Passo Fiorine and consists of approximately two hectares (five acres) of meadow and three hectares (seven and a half acres) of chestnut woodland (Castanea sativa) with a large number of oak trees (Quercus petraea) and a few examples of wild cherry (Prunus avium). Its strategic position and marvellous views make it the top destination for outdoor excursions and stargazing. With a large car park and an access ramp, the park offers several rest areas for everyone, including visitors with disabilities.