City Slicker to Country Bumpkin in under 24 Miles

Hommage to Vicenza | ©thepalladiantraveler.comFor nearly 25 years, on and off, I’ve called Vicenza, a jewel of a city in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, my adopted hometown.

From my creative hideaway along Viale Giuseppe Verdi, overlooking Campo Marzo, Vicenza’s main park, The Palladian Traveler, my nom de plume, came alive with countless articles and photos along the cobblestone of the City of Palladio and beyond.

But, that’s all changing now as I pull up stakes, bid arrivederci to Vicenza and my time there as a scribbling city slicker and head in a southeasterly direction — 39.4 km (24 mi.) to be exact — to the Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei (Regional Park of the Euganean Hills), in the nearby province of Padova (Padua), to turn the page and begin the latest chapter in my life as a quill and camera-toting — AHEM — country bumpkin.

©thepalladiantraveler.comIn clear view of Monte Fasolo — one of the 81 signature conical peaks that dot the postcard-perfect, lush-green landscape inside this sprawling park, the first regional park in the Veneto region — I hope to revitalize my creative juices as I settle in along Via dei Faggi, in the tiny hamlet of Faedo, under the jurisdiction of Cinto Euganeo, from where this dispatch, the first of many I hope, emanates.

No stranger to the Colli, I’ve already spent many a Sunday afternoon seated around la tavola — with knife, fork and wine glass at the ready — at various agri-ristoranti (farm-to-table restaurants) enjoying the bounty cultivated from the lava-rich soil, like superlative wines and extra virgin olive oil.

I’ve been challenged with invigorating climbs on my frequent early morning treks along an intricate network of hiking and cycling paths.

I’ve gotten to know my new neighbors, shopkeepers, restaurateurs, chefs and vintners — each and every one openly warm and friendly.

Arquà: Petrarch Slept Here | ©Tom PalladiAnd, I’ve ocassionally ventured inside city limit signs to explore some of the nearby urban areas, like Abano and its famous therapeutic mineral baths and fango (mud) treatments; Este, once home to the eponymous family and its castle; and, tiny Arqua’ Petrarca, an intimate medieval village where Petrarch, the father of Humanism and the Renaissance, wrote his final chapter and verse.

©thepalladiantraveler.comI’ve just barely unpacked, but I feel as if I arrived here many moons ago.

Like Percy Bysshe Shelley, the 19th century English Romantic poet who stayed a spell and penned Lines Written among the Eugaean Hills, I, too, hope to drain an inkwell or three in my descriptions of my new-found surroundings as I begin to document my new life as a “country bumpkin,” here among the peace and quiet of the Colli Euganei.

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  1. I am a retired civil engineer and a fan of A. Palladio’s structures. I enjoyed your visits to
    those various estates!! keep up the good work. Mille grazia!

  2. Hmm, a little perplexed as I am, but thats my personality. I am in it for the ride.
    Just leaning back with an eyebrow raised and ready for the words and photos (Maybe I’ll have a glass of wine while I observe your observation), It should be educational and as always refreshing.

  3. Padua, on my list of places to visit. I shall return in the spring if all goes as planned.
    “I’ve just barely unpacked, but I feel as if I arrived here many moons ago.” Exactly how I feel when I put my feet on Italian soil.

  4. Enjoy the country life! And we expect nothing less from you than choosing a spot with an excellent restaurant. One question: does this mean you can get a dog, now? 😉

    1. Lady Puddingshire — Don’t worry about my culinary exploits, they’ll be aplenty. However, with all of the travel planned, I doubt there’ll be a “Rover” in our future; but, you never know.

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