Trails onour estate

Some of the trails on our estate wind through woodland and vineyards along breathtaking routes to experience and explore. They are popular places for hiking and cycling enthusiasts of all levels.

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Those who love nature and sport will find the ideal environment here for walking, running, cycling or horse riding. These trails surrounded by nature represent an encounter between man and the land. To show our commitment to preserving our precious land, we have dedicated the new Monte Fasolo range of wine to them. On the label of the “I Sentieri di Monte Fasolo” range of wines, you can therefore find the contour of trail no.12, which passes right through our wine cellar.

Monte Fasolo trail

N° 12

Mount Olympus has 12 main gods. The number 12 represents the “labours” of Hercules and the number of Titans. In medieval literature, Charlemagne had 12 Paladins and there were 12 Knights of the Round Table at the court of King Arthur. There are 12 apostles and 12 months in a year. The 12th number in the Fibonacci sequence is the only perfect square.

And much more. Trail no.12 in the Euganean Hills Regional Park is a beautiful route to do on foot or by bicycle. It is a journey of discovery through geometrically planted crops and dense woods with the presence of chestnut trees. Monte Fasolo has dedicated its new range of wines to this trail, offering products closely linked to the identity of this territory. In just 4 labels, native and international grape varieties express the farming expertise that has always been handed down in this territory, combined with intensive research. Dense and lush woodland, a mixture of hornbeam, ash and downy oak trees and an undergrowth of butcher’s broom: the plant composition of Trail no. 12 and the conformation of the land where it is located help to make this route a true experience in discovering nature. The trail starts at the junction of Via Monte Fasolo and Via Giarin in the municipality of Cinto Euganeo. The trail is more than 2 kilometres long and can be easily covered all year round on foot or by bicycle while enjoying a relaxing time in an area that is still totally unspoilt. By taking small detours, you can also encounter magnificent specimens of centuries-old beech trees, which are like real plant monuments. The various soils can be identified on the basis of the volcanic rocks on which they rest: Trachyte and Rhyolite give soils their acidic characteristics, Latites provide sub-acidic soils, Basalts have neutral reaction soils, whereas calcareous and marly soils differ in their alkaline response due to the presence of carbonates. Nature has created a varied landscape in the Euganean Hills based on the morphological substrate: the Downy Oak tree prefers sunny and arid areas with calcareous soils, just like the Honeyberry tree and the Common Hawthorn tree. The Chestnut tree grows extremely well in deep siliceous soils, just like the Common Hornbeam and the Beech tree, whereas the Tree Heather, the Cistus and the Strawberry Tree prefer volcanic soils with siliceous substrates. The complexity of the soils found here has led to the growth of various types of woodland and also taught man how to organise agriculture on the various slopes. The Euganean farming tradition, the direct experience of cultivating the land handed down by our ancestors, has taught us that each terrain has its own characteristics, which have a profound effect on the quantity and quality of the crops grown on it.

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Atestino Trail

N° 03

After leaving your car in the car park of Bar Ventolone, take the Atestino trail near the wayside shrine. Follow the lane to the right of the shrine in an easterly direction, cutting across the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Piccolo. The trail initially goes through olive groves and then continues through woods and scrubland. You reach the hamlet of Corte Vigo and then go downhill through thick scrubland as far as a lane signposted as Via Ventolone. Take this road to the left, crossing a lush valley of farmland and then climb up to the building known as the “casa del parroco” (parish priest’s house). Continue along the eastern crest of Mount Orbieso. A short detour leads to the ruins of the convent of Santa Maria di Orbise, located on the top of the hill (330 m).

After a short stretch downhill along a dirt track, you get to the tarmac road that goes downhill to the shrine of St. Anthony. From here, take the gently climbing trail, flanked by a row of almond trees, that passes the ancient church of St. Gaetano on Mount Fasolo (289 m).

On reaching the top of the mountain pass, you can enter a privately-owned vineyard with an iron gate that is always wide open. Following the signs, you arrive at the top of Mount Rusta, crossing through a dense wood. Here, a detour leads to Villa Beatrice d’Este on the top of Mount Gemola. The villa was once a Benedictine monastery and the home of Blessed Beatrice d’Este. On leaving the villa, you head back to the tarmac road that goes downhill to the right as far as the “Fonte del Pissarotto” spring. When you get to a laurel grove and a small gate, you enter the “contrada Muro” road. You then walk along the wall of the lane that goes downhill to an ancient washing trough at the mouth of Valle dell’Abate. From here, climb back up the Marlunghe ridge in an open, dry area overlooking Mount Cero and Mount Castello. At the end of the climb, turn right and then left, going along the tarmac road flanked by vineyards and almond trees. After about 300 metres, turn left. A little further on, take the path to the left that gently winds among maple trees and broom as far as the road that passes in-between the houses of Arquà Petrarca and leads straight to the Casa del Petrarca (home of Petrarch). This long hike ends near the Oratory of SS. Trinità, in memory of the poet who wrote about Laura and chose this remote village in the hills as his home during his last years, making it renowned worldwide.

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