Every September there is a nice hot air balloon festival held from a Thursday to Sunday. Each day in the morning at least 8 or more balloons rise and flow by the wind across the valley just in front of the hills called colli eugeanei. Usually these balloons fly just over my home or to the farm next to it.
From the photos you can get a feel for the action at the festival. The best part is free entrance. Second best for newbies...is a ride for ten minutes up and back. The balloons are tethered by a rope and the charge is only 5 euros.
There are booths and food, too. Lots of people attend and parking can be a frustration, but with patience if you come after it opens you will find a place, also free.
After dark they send up some balloons on tethers, and have a light show with music.
This year we saw parasailers with fans, complete with acrobatics and a colored smoke show.
- Hang Gliding
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Family Travel
Montegrotto is the perfect place in order to make many excursions. It is not a lot far away from city of art like Venice Padova and Verona, but there are many architectonic jewels also in close territory. Many of these palces can be reached with pleasant bicycle tours.
To have more info try this web site( the italian versionis perfect, I had some difficulties in the englich version)
Wine and flawor streets
Another way to know this country is to follov the wine stree. The people of this regin love wines, can live without a bottle onthe table,
the landscape is characterized from hills of tidy vineyards
Wine production is a living art and the wines are perfect thank to the the natural features of the vineyards and the area’s favourable climate.
The superior wine production in the Euganean Hills has obtained D.O.C. “Colli Euganei” (Controlled Origin Denomination - a italian certification) which guarantees the origin, tradition and quality.of its cellars.
There are 13 wines with the “Colli Euganei” denomination: the White, with its typical straw-yellow colour and jasmine scent, the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon reds, the elegant Chardonnay, the Fior d’Arancio, the super sweet yellow Moscato, the Merlot, the pleasantly fresh and lively Novello, the dry Pinello, White Pinot, Red Wine, the sparkling Serprino and the Tocai Italico.
Try this win with the plate of the local tradition, from the stockfish alla Vicentina, sards with onion, Veronese pasticiada to the pumpkin risotto, sausages and “luganeghe” (local sausages) with polenta, “bigoli in salsa” (large, hand-made spaghetti) , fowl alla Padovana.....
this is another way to visit a country, but for my is one of the best.
Remember that in Italy to is forbidden to drive drunked,so a bottle for two is enough!
Montegrotto is full of Hotel with perfect spa inside wher u can enter with aday ticket and the price is about 20-25 Euros per day. The palce are perfect, and u can do a lot of tratement also.
There are another solution in Abano, cheper than this.
This is a swimingpool complex with termal water with one big outdoor swimingpool, one baby pool, I jacuzzi waterfall, 2 medium indoor pool with jacuzzi. 35° C. There is also a Welness center with sauna, beauty treatement,massages,...)
Not luxury like the other one but he water is the same and you can enjoy your time.
When I go in Terme euganne only for a day trip I prefer to stay there. If I want to spend the week end or more days I go to Hotel Terme Preistoriche.
Ticket : Euro 8-9
Butterfly Garden and Fairies wood
born thank to the entomologo' Moretto in the '70, but the first Butterfly House in Italy grow up in 1988 in Montegrotto. Now This palce is not only a palce wher uyou can enjoy the beauty of different butterfly species, but it's a reserch center.
In this palce there are gorgeouse exotic gardens where the butterfly can find their food on the flowers.
There are 3 tropical area, Amazonas, Afro tropical, Indo -austalian where the butterfly are divided per eco-system.
This is a mythological and ecological trail where the historical relationship between man and nature is closely examined connecting history, traditions, fantasy and sciences.
In this place you can find a mixture about nature, animals and the traditions of the venetian ancestors, like fairy creatures or other like the Orcus, the Anguane, the Sanguineo and the Salbaneo.
ticket price: maximum for adults Euro £ 3
If you decide to come here, it will be for only one reason - to relax....the thermal water is unique and it makes you feel a new person