No 21 – The trails of Rocca Pendice
- Departure: Campo sportivo di Teolo; Area di sosta di Castelnuovo (Teolo)
- Difficulty Level: medium; be careful on exposed path sections on rocky ground
- Length: 4.1 km
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- Difference in elevation: about 170 m
- 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 or Vo', follow Province Road 89 until Teolo; there, take Province Road 43 towards Castenuovo. Leave your vehicle at the cemetery parking lot in Teolo, near the sports field; an alternative point of departure is the picnic area in Castelnuovo: park your car nearby appropriately.
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Rocca Pendice, panorama
(photo by PR Colli Euganei)
Unlike the sides of the numerous quarries, that were created by man, Rocca Pendice is a natural wall: geologically speaking, it is a vein of volcanic rock (trachyte) which outcrops from the softer, eroded sedimentary rocks beneath. Colli Euganei Park Authority has recently acquired most of this area, which is traditionally used for climbing and attracts many enthusiasts of this discipline.
Rocca Pendice is a place where nature and history entwine fascinatingly: by the summit it is possible to see the ruins of the castle of Speronella, while in the surroundings the characteristic "carts", symbol of the Carraresi family, were found carved on rocks; peregrine falcons, coming back every year to nest, are the place's most significant natural aspect, and were crucial in including the Park in the Natura 2000 Network as a special protection area (SPA). Climbing is therefore prohibited during the nesting period.
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