No 19 – Path of Monte Ortone
- Departure: Loc. Monteortone - Abano Terme (Abano Terme)
- Arrival: Loc. Monteortone - Abano Terme (Abano Terme)
- Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Length: 3.6 km
- Difference in height: 150m
- Involved Municipalities: Abano Terme, Teolo
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- RECOMMENDED PERIOD FOR THE VISIT: Throughout the year
Time is intended for a trained hiker, it could vary depending on the preparation and the interest for the itinerary features.
REACHING THE POINT OF DEPARTURE
From Padua, Montegrotto Terme or Torreglia, follow the signs to Abano Terme and, from there, to Monteortone. The point of departure is by the Shrine.
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View of Monte Ortone
(photo by Emiliano Zandonella)
Mt. Ortone (168 m) is made of rhyolite and situated in the northern part of Colli Euganei, east of Tramonte; it rises up lonely between Mt. Rosso to the north and Colle San Daniele to the south. Locals also call it Monte Impero, because of wood works carried out there in the fascist period. A network of paths crosses the whole hill and leads to the summit.
The most convenient point of departure is by the shrine, as a parking lot is located nearby; from the right side of the church, where a sign also indicates the point of departure of the Via Crucis, a steep though not particularly difficult path offers a wonderful view on the religious site and on the whole plain of Abano Terme and Padua.
Along the ridge, the path runs through charming areas of thick Mediterranean scrub, where tree heath, strawberry trees, medlars, privets and nettle trees grow abundantly; around the summit, they are mixed with downy oaks and some chestnut trees.
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