Time seems to have stood still in Arquà Petrarca, a charming medieval village, nestled in the heart of the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills. Arquà Petrarca is well known thanks to the eternal fame and celebrity of the venerable poet Francesco Petrarch, who spent the last years of his life here and is buried in a marble tomb in the main square of the village. Arquà Petrarca has very ancient origins with archaeological finds dating back to the Bronze Age. Pile dwellings, huts, crockery forged of baked clay, animal bones and flint tools, largely confirm some level of human settlements existed around regional Costa Lake.
Things to do in Arqua Petrarca
Every second Sunday of the month take part in Per le vie del Borgo, a fair featuring unique collectibles, vintage items, beautiful prints, hand crafted textiles and much more, from the region's storied past to present day. Arqua Petrarca also hosts events on a monthly basis throughout the calendar, such as the 2018 October Festa Delle Giuggiole fruit festival and the Olive Oil Festival of November 2018 - which showcased oils produced by members of the village Associazione Nazionale Città dell'olio.
Village historical sites
The original structure of Petrarch's house dates back to the 13th century. Built on two levels, the house was modified by Petrarch himself. He reserved the left side of the highest floor for his family, while the servitude lived in the right side of the building – that currently houses a permanent exhibition of the poet's works and personal items. Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta is the main church of Arquà Petrarca, and was officially named for the first time in 1026. The church was enlarged over several centuries and frescoes were added over time. The fountain can be found on the lowest part of the village. It already existed when Petrarch arrived in the village. A Latin writing is engraved on the frontal arch - an invocation to foreigners who come to visit Arquà. Petrarch's tomb sits in the middle of S. Maria Assunta churchyard. Six years after Petrarch's death, his son in law, decided to build a red marble tomb in order to give the right commemoration to the poet.
The pile dwelling of Laghetto della Costa was highlighted by the archaeological excavations carried out in the years 1885, 1886, 1901, and 1909 respectively. Nowadays, the houses and villas of village families remain as a symbol of a wonderful past time - as the village still preserves its medieval architecture.
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