At the end of 'pottery lane', there are a set of steps that lead up a fairly steep hill, to a war memorial. I'm ashamed to say, I didn't read the inscription, nor even glance at the wars it commemorated.I really just wanted an elevated spot from which to take photos of the surrounding hillsides. I promise that upon my return to Arqua Petrarca in...more
Arqua Petrarca is a place to go when you are in the mood for low level tourist 'stuff'. There is no rush to get from one site to another because you can't return home without taking a snap shot. The whole town is the site, a collective. I love coming here, and slowly wandering about, stopping for a leisurely meal, and a drink in an enoteca. There...more
8 Reviews and Opinions
This Enoteca is our favorite in the area. We keep going back and back when we feel like a good glass of wine. It has a few tables inside and a gorgeous outdoor area where some olive tree provide shade and freshness during a hot day. The view over the valley and the hills is great.The owner his passionate about his wines and will be happy to explain...more
If you are looking for something light, a snack, or just a coffee, this might be a good choice. Located just above La Pergola restaurant they have seating outside or in. Have a gelato, or a prosecco and sit back and watch the people meander slowly along the main street of the village. Parking is found up the hill about 50 meters. Your normal bar...more
La Pergola is in the hill side village of Arqua Petrarca, and just 3 minutes walking up the road. There is seating outside and in, but at night, be sure and find a table outside. There is a peacefulness about this village, and if you are not in a hurry, you will enjoy it here. This is a typical pizza restaurant, but they also have other items on...more
This pizzeria is right in the main square of the Village at the top side. From the parking under the main church you have to walk uphill all the way or, more conveniently, park your car in the upper west parking lot.The pizzeria has a small indoor dining area with wooden benches and table and a nice old bar counter. During summer they use a small...more
Every time i come to Arqua this is the place where i go eat. It is a small trattoria, the indoor part is nicely decorated with old photos on the walls and bricks and a wooden floor, but what i like best is the outdoor part, tables are under a green pergola, surrounded by plants and flowers in the front side and on the side part they have a nice...more
The Vignalta Enoteca offers numerous kinds of white and red wine several of which are wines that are complex and wonderful, yet the prices are competitive with the other wineries in the area. We had eaten in a restaurant in the hills and tried the 2005 Cabernet/Merlot blend and found it to be something to look for. So through a little reseach we...more
When Ma Kettle, Paola and myself walked into this pub, we felt very comfortable, and very much at ease.Wines are produced by their own hands, using pride and years of craftsmanship as their guide, so quality is assured.The interior is dark, cool, with large wooden benches inside, and shelves of their product lining the walls.The outside terrace is...more
We sat outside, under great shading trees and vines, with a lovely cool breeze. The afternoon was very hot, but due to the pefect location facing the valley, we were able to spend a couple hours simply talking, eating, drinking, with nary a care in the world.The service was slow, in fact, we were initially forgotten about. The manageress noticed...more
Car is really the only dependable way of getting to Arqua Petrarca. Ma Kettle and I bought tickets to go via the Sita Bus a couple of months ago at the main bus station.
Ma was very specific in asking the appropriate questions, and, with tickets in hand, proceeded to the correct bus stop.
Unfortunately, the driver doesn't make a routine stop at Arqua Petrarca, unless the passenger requests it. Who knew?? We weren't told this by the young lady behind the counter, and tickets aren't checked as you board the bus. We ended up in Este, after Ma chanced to ask when we would arrive at our destination. The driver was very apologetic, but couldn't help us, as he would have had to detour to Arqua Petrarca a few miles further back.
This brings to mind, how often does a bus stop in Arqua Petrarca to pick up passengers heading out of town?? This certainly is not a sched you would want to depend upon.
Go by car, unless you have time to wander, with no set deadlines.
I discovered this wine producer for accident, ordering a bottle of red wine in a local restaurant. It was awesome! So I kept the bottle and, with some investigation I found the place where to get it.The territory where this wine maker have his grapes is very special, the dry land, the exposition to the sun make some very strong wine. Their top one...more
There is a little shop on the right side of the street as you head up the hill that sells locally made/produced cookies, honey, jams, and other wonderful edibles. A big thing here are "guigiole." I have no idea what their English name is--they are a fruit about the size of a large olive, greenish-red and on trees all over the town. They are used...more
Since everything in Arqua Petrarca is constructed of stone, it is difficult to distinguish this place from other shops. Up close however, it is easy to spot as they have various plates hung on the wall outside the front door, and the sign hanging from the wrought iron bracket indicating ceramic goods should be a clear give-a-way.Upon entry, you...more
This tasty fruit Giuggiola-Jujube is one of the local specialty. It is not really popular now and hard to find. Arqua land and position is a great place to grow these trees and have always been part of this territory.During the fall the fruit get to the right ripening and, driving around this area, you will see many people sitting by a stand and...more
How do the locals get about doing daily business, such as grocery shopping, with heavy loads of food stuffs, water, and vino?We don't own a car in Padova., and public transit is our method of transportation. We are faced with a 20 minute walk from the closest bus stop, to our home. All groceries are carried on our backs, and in cloth shopping bags....more
The streets are very narrow, with many blind corners and no sidewalks. Traffic is closed to all but locals, but they tend to drive a little too fast. Also, scooters and motorcycles use the same space as a pedestrians, so be warned. Hold on to young Tommy, and Grandma, don't let them stray too far.
The road surface can be slippery, depending upon your footwear. The roads are well swept, so loose gravel shouldn't be a problem.
The Petrarca House, supposedly the home that Petrarca spent the last five years of his life in. I have no reason to doubt it, but the interior bore no resemblance to any home I've ever seen, instead it was filled with pictures of surrounding towns, and artifacts that had no real bearing on life during those times.
I would have preferred to see an ancient style home, not a museum setting.
In my opinion, not worth the 6 euro per person charge.
Unique Suggestions: Wait outside, count bricks, annoy the passerby, anything, but don't waste your money on the entrance fee.
Fun Alternatives: Simple, go wait in an enoteca for your foolish friends to finish., and enjoy a wonderful glass of locally produced vino.
Luggage and bags:
Pack real light, you will have to carry. Traffic is closed to all except residents.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are important. If you insist upon wearing sandles, be sure the sole is not a smooth leather to ensure good grip, and solid straps are advisable.
Photo Equipment: Lots of photo ops, so bring what you might require. I did see stores advertising batteries and film, but be advised it is a small hillside community.
Please do not be put off by the comments about Petrarch's house! It is a beautifully preserved building, and yes, it does have photos and information on the history of the town...isn't that the point of a "historical" landmark. And if you time it right, you can get in free (certain days, not sure of timing). We were there the first weekend in...more
We climbed the numerous steps indicating another war memorial, which every town has of course, not to view this monument 'for the fallen soldiers' so much as to gain higher ground from which to see the countryside.This appears to be the locals 'make out' place, as young couples were lip locked in an unashamed embrace, with no feeling of need to...more
My fondest memories of any place I visit, are those of my travelling companions. In this case, Ma Kettle, my all time favourite, and my adoptive daughter Paola, VT member paoseo, the newest addition to the Kettle clan.The church of St. Maria can be seen in the background, with another one of the Euganean Hills in the far background.more
Just wander the streets, enjoy the uniqueness of the town. I love the stone walls, the clean, neat appearance of the community, with nary a sign of graffetti to be found. So unusual for an Italian scene. There is nothing specific, but the overall location, and the structures and roadways that make the town so interesting.more
8 Reviews and Opinions