The route E2-Anello dei Colli Euganei (63 km) allows you to complete the entire tour of the hill system by bicycle. It is extraordinarily rich in points of interest. To fully enjoy its many beauties, it is advisable to ride the itinerary in two days. Monselice is the ideal starting point: either you arrive by train or by car you will find the route at a very short distance both from the train station and from the Parking Place Campo della Fiera.
In Monselice dont’ miss a visit to the beautiful via del Santuario, an historical street that winds gently up following the slopes of the Rocca Hill. Here in a short stretch of 500 meters you will admire different monuments: Saint Paul’s Church, the Castle, Villa Nani, St. Justine’s Church and the Jubilee Sanctuary of the Seven Churches that ends with the beautiful Villa Duodo. From here cycling southwards, we cross large reclamation areas where we find the Buzzaccarini-Benetti complex and shortly after Villa Barbaro.
From this point, the view sweeps across the southern part of the Euganean Hills: in the background the highest peak of the Euganei, Mount Venda (601 meters), and to the west the towers of the Este castle, can be identified. Crossing the wonderful historical town of Este, follow the Bisatto canal which in the locality of Bomba flanks an ancient furnace, now home to the Geo-paleontological Museum of the Euganean Hills, a precious spot for lovers of fossils and minerals.
The itinerary continues towards Mount Lozzo, where stands the thirteenth-century castle of Valbona, and then ends in Vo Vecchio, among vineyards in an atmosphere of other times. The locality rises around the seventeenth-century Villa Contarini-Venier and preserves a particular arcaded square. Continue to Bastia di Rovolon, here you can pass by a magnificent dovecote tower to immerse yourself in the vineyards from which the famous red wines and the fragrant Fior d’Arancio are produced.
At the end of the country road there is an easy climb to go down towards Montemerlo. We have now reached the north-east end of the Hills, where it is advisable to make a stop to visit the Abbey of Praglia, an authentic Renaissance jewel and an important center of Benedictine spirituality.
The last stretch passes through the thermal baths of Abano and Montegrotto, European capitals of thermal care and well-being. Finally follow the Canale Battaglia embankment soutwards. You will meet some beautiful Venetian villas: the palladian Villa Molin, the imposing Catajo Castle, Villa Selvatico-Sartori and and Villa Emo with its typical Italian garden.