13 October 2013

Arquà Petrarca

Arquà Petrarca, medieval charm.
Time seems to have stood still at Arquà Petrarca, the centre of the Euganean hills that, more than any other, has maintained the old charm of the medieval hamlet. Its name probably comes from Arquata montium, meaning "ring of mountains", but it owes its renown to the eternal fame of Francesco Petrarca, the poet who spent the last years of his life here.

Arquà Petrarca landscapes:

Along via Valleselle, we reach the house Petrarca lived in from 1370 to 1374. Embellished in the 16th century by a small loggia and frescoes inspired by the Canzoniere, the original appearance of the house was restored between 1909 and 1923. The building currently houses a permanent exhibition of the poet's works and relics (entrance must be paid).

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