63 – (ITA STAGE 15) – Padova – Monselice

Place of Departure PADOVA
Place of Arrival MONSELICE
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Veneto
Uphill Gap
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Downhill Gap
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CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability  Foot


Stage 15 – Padua-Monselice – stage without any problems: the route starts from the Basilica del Santo, essentially follows the Cammino di Sant’Antonio and passes not far from Abano Terme, crosses Mezzavia, Battaglia Terme and passes in front of the Catajo Castle and the Villa Emo.

Starting from Piazza del Santo, you arrive in Prato della Valle, perhaps the largest garden square in Italy. After crossing the whole square, after crossing Piazzale Santa Croce, continue straight on the cycle path. Then you go to the confluence of one of the many canals with the Bacchiglione river. After crossing the first bridge, continue on the embankment and then a second one. Then you go along the embankment Lungargine dei Barcari or Via Mandria. The cycle path along the Battaglia canal leads to Monselice; but even if it is a long straight line, it offers various architectural and urban surprises. Go under the SR 47 and arrive at Villa Molin. You pass under the SS 250, and you arrive at the Catajo Castle. Then there is the town of Battaglia Terme, then you pass in front of Villa Emo and finally Monselice. Cross the Battaglia canal on the iron bridge, and arrive in the center of Piazza Mazzini

15- Points of Interest

 Battaglia Canal – Excavated between 1189 and 1201, the canal made it possible to optimize the drainage of the surrounding territory and more easily connect Padua with the fortified cities of Monselice and Este. For centuries it was an essential trade route linking the Euganean Hills with Padua and Venice (among the goods transported was the trachyte that was quarried in the area). There are numerous bridges and villas along the banks of the canal, which allowed many Venetian lords to reach their summer residences by boat

Battaglia Terme – Surrounded by the natural setting offered by the Euganean Hills. The Venetian-style bridge, also called “dei scaìni” (because it is stepped, unique in the whole of the Padua area), is round-arched and made of brick, with a statue of St John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of persecuted innocents and invoked against the dangers of water. Worth seeing is the ancient natural thermal cave of Colle di S. Elena and its connected baths, already well-known in the Lombard era. With its port, it has been a continuous market for centuries, a place for the exchange of goods and connections to the cities of Padua, Este, Chioggia, Ferrara. The luxurious, comfortable thermal spa dates back to the end of the 18th century. Worth seeing: the Church of St. James (dating back to 1332); it houses a Madonna with Child, a very valuable work by Giovanni Maria Morlaiter. The Catajo, a majestic and imposing castle from the second half of the 16th century. Villa Selvatico-Sartori, built at the end of the 16th century. The Arco di Mezzo, a hydraulic structure located in the centre of the town that regulates the flow of the waters flowing into the Vigenzone Canal (for centuries this has supplied energy to all the factories). The Conca di Navigazione, an extraordinary monument of hydraulic engineering in perfect working order, which, by allowing boats to pass over a maximum height difference of seven metres, connects the Battaglia Canal to the sea. The Oratory of St. Mary, better known as Chiesetta del Pigozzo (woodpecker, cuckoo); on the 25th March, near the church, “cuchi” are sold, brightly coloured terracotta birds that make a sound similar to the call of a cuckoo. In the centre of the village is the Museum of River Navigation, which is truly one-of-a-kind and houses many artefacts (over four thousand).

Monselice – The city had an explicit military vocation, of which we have evidence since the 7th century A.D. In Monselice it is possible to visit: the ancient Parish Church of St. Justina (also known as the Duomo Vecchio, or Old Cathedral), in Romanesque style, built in 1256 with medieval frescoes, a polyptych and a 15th century panel (Our Lady of Humility) inside, as well as various 17th and 18th century paintings from the Veneto school. Next to the parish church, beyond the Porta dei Leoni Comitali, you can reach the Roman Gate, which allows entry to the Jubilee Sanctuary of the Seven Churches, which houses the relics of the first Christian martyrs. In Monselice there are many Venetian villas. The medieval Castle, also known as Cà Marcello or Cini Castle, is a museum. Inside the complex is the seat of the Lombard Antiquarium, where the artefacts from the necropolis discovered on the cliff are exhibited, and the Museum of Rarities

please, see the Official Guide of the Via Romea Germanica (

WARNING! in the wetlands of the plains provide yourself with products against mosquitoes


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How to arrive

Bologna Marconi airport ( > shuttle Bologna-Railway Station = (; tel. +39-051-290290 TRAIN – ( Bologna FS Railway Station – Padova FS Railway Station  
Verona-Catullo airport ( > shuttle Verona-Railway Station = (; tel. +39-045-8057811 TRAIN – ( Verona FS Railway Station – Padova FS Railway Station  
Milano-Orio al Serio airport ( > shuttle Bergamo-Railway Station = (; tel. +39-035-236026 TRAIN – ( Bergamo FS Railway Station – Padova FS Railway Station  
Venezia-MarcoPolo airport ( > shuttle Mestre – Railway Station = (; tel. +39-0421-594672 – Airport Shuttle Service: TRAIN – ( Venezia-Mestre FS Railway Station – Padova FS Railway Station  

Where to eat

  Typical Dishes = Gambero Rosso Typical Dishes = Buonissimo Typical Dishes = Cucchiaio D’argento Typical Dishes = Zainoo
A&O Via Marconi,116 – 35027 PADOVA 049-625968    
Auchan Via Venezia,61 – 35129 PADOVA 049-8690111    
Despar Piazzetta Conciapelli,24 – 35133 PADOVA      
Despar Via Marin,9 – 35133 PADOVA      
COOP Via della Zabarella,15 – 35100 PADOVA      
Sigma Via Tadi,22 – 35100 PADOVA      
Sigma Via Boccaccio,94 – 35100 PADOVA      
Ristorante Le Due Rosa – Al Santo Via Marconi, 8 – 35043 MONSELICE-PD 345-2150239 / 0429-1703992  
Piadineria-Panineria La Tasquita Via L.Cadorna,92 – 35043 MONSELICE-PD 329-4695562  
Bar l’Ostaria Ca’ Oddo Via Albere,2  – 35043 MONSELICE-PD      

Where to sleep

Bike Service

Pilgrim Service

I.A.T. MONSELICE Via del Santuario, 6 -35043 MONSELICE PD 0429 783026 ;