Venetia walking holiday in Italy, self guided

“A nine day walking day through Venetia National Park, self guided, with a mix of days on the hills and days in stunning ancient towns. It's all idyllically Italian anyway. ”


Walking in Venetia National Park | Euganean Hills | Cortela | Este | |Padua | Arqua Petrarca | Montegrotto | Galzignano | Rocca Pendice massif | Monte Venda | Teolo

Description of Venetia walking holiday in Italy, self guided

This nine day Venetia walking holiday takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Euganean Hills. These hills, now protected by its Venetia National Park status, are so called because they stretch out in a westerly direction west of Venice, a series of conical elevated landscapes which were once volcanic islands. They are now home to rich flora filled walking trails that take you through myriad beauty spots with holm oak and maple trees, poppy filled meadows and vineyard filled slopes.

This is a leisurely walking holiday that is as much about enjoying the historic towns and memorable vineyards en route as it is about the trekking. Starting in the tiny village of Cortela, your journey takes you through tranquil forest and fecund fruit orchards to cultural highlights such as the medieval, walled town of Este where Lord Byron once lived. Staying in a hotel that overlooks the castle here, you have a day to explore this stunning town that is sometimes described as a mini Venice, thanks to its wonderful canal system.

The medieval town of Arqua Petrarca makes for another stunning starting point for a day of hiking in the Euganean Hills, famous for being the home of 14th century poet, Petrarch who gave the town its name. A day of gentle hillwalking then takes you to Galzignano where the nearby gardens at Villa Barbarigo are some of the finest in the country, based on Baroque designs with a maze and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

You get a chance to take more lovely views of the hills you have traversed on a day of walking through woodland and olive groves that lead to Rocca Pendice, a giant volcanic massif. From here you descend to the ancient town of Teolo, another famous birthplace, this time of Roman historian Livy. A buzzing, chic town, there are beautiful walks to be had in its environs, including up to the summit of Monte della Madonna.

This highest point, geographically, of this holiday is Monte Venda (601m) where you will spend your last day of walking through vineyards, chestnut forests and olive groves that bedeck its slopes, a perfect finale to this sojourn in Venetia. This last 11km walk takes you back to your starting point in Cortela where you can raise a glass of local wine with your wonderful hosts, Gabriella and Alessandro, at their agriturismo farmhouse.

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Departure information

This holiday has departures every two days from May to October, please enquire for availability on all your tailormade trips.
Travelling by train:
We offer the possibility of travelling by train to and from the UK for this trip and can book this for you if required. Please enquire for further details.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

UK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.

Leaders & local suppliers:
Two nights of this holiday are spent at the Fontana’s Agriturismo Il Feudo, a working farm which has been in the family for over 200 years. It’s a charming, tranquil place, in the middle of vineyards, and they make all their own oil, honey and wine – which they even export internationally! We highly recommend you try their sparkling white as an aperitivo before moving onto the distinctive Colle Eugane red with your meal.

Staff will suggest places to see and visit locally. Many of our overseas staff have worked for us for many years now – in fact, the 20 returning staff this summer have, between them, clocked up an impressive 189 years!

Group size:
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.

Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.

We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.

1 Reviews of Venetia walking holiday in Italy, self guided

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Very attractive countryside walking through woods and vineyards with a chance to visit two delightful villas: Barbarigo and dei Vescovi and nearby towns full of interest, Padua and Vicenza services of an excellent local rep.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Walking boots are useful for some stony and slippy paths.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Stayed in small family run hotels, used local transport and drunk local wine benefiting the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

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