Me and some friends went to Arquà Petrarca to escape the traffic and the smog of the city. It is a small village immersed in the silence of nature alien to the chaos of the city-museum.
This village is in the countryside and it has not been easy to reach but but we loved the beauty of the place. Departing from Padua with a regional train to Monselice, we arrived at our destination in about 20 minutes. We discovered that there are no direct buses to Arquà. There was a family that listening to our complaints offered us a lift but our adventurous spirit has suggested us to refuse the offer and walk to the village.
Came out of the Monselice Station, we took Via S. Vio and at the first fork we continued on Via Pignara already surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the hills. After about 1 km, arrived at a second junction, we turned in Via Cava delle More. From this point we continued straight for about 700 meters. Next turned left into Via Priore and then immediately right into Via Isola verso Monte. The latter after 500 m becomes Via Palazzina and you have to go straight to the intersects with Via Fontana.
The trail is about 5 km (one way) and it’s nice to go because bordered by vineyards, wineries and wines produced on site, all enveloped by the silence of nature.
Once route the last part of the way we arrived at Arquà Petrarca!
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The city is linked to the figure of the poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), here she decided to spend the last years of his life, restoring a house surrounded by nature and away from city noise.
Petrarca described it in his verses: “I flee the city as life imprisonment and I choose to live in a lonely little village, in a nice house, surrounded by olive trees and a vineyard, where I spend the days fully quiet, far from the tumult, from noise, from chores, reading and writing constantly “.
Today the house attracts many visitors, including curious and passionate, and it allows you to learn more about the life of the poet, the city to which he was tied, literary personalities from which it was influenced and with whom he came in contact. The visit is short but interesting and from here you can admire a beautiful landscape that recalls a Tuscan landscape.
Arquà houses in the center of the village also the tomb and the poet’s remains.
We suggest you to visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta (we have news of it since 1026). It has a single nave with three altars and houses numerous frescoes by post Giottesque authors. Right here we were held the funeral of the poet.
You can also visit the oratory Holy Trinity with a quadrangular apse and bell tower that houses many works dating from the end of 1300 and also the Loggia dei Vicari, the place that hosted meetings and discussions between the heads and the vicars.
Very popular here is a typical liquor of Arquà, the “brodo di giuggole”. It is obtained from the jujube.
For over 30 years, the first two Sundays in October, are dedicated two parties during which it can taste the famous liquor, very sweet and perfect as a digestive or after dinner.
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In next page curiosities of the village of Monselice.