No 13 - Monte San Daniele trail
- Departure: Loc. San Daniele - Abano Terme (Abano Terme)
- Duration: 1 hour
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Length: 2 km
- Involved Municipalities: Abano Terme
- Difference in elevation: about 70 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 Abano Terme or Torreglia follow Provincial Road No. 43 Via San Daniele, until the sign to the Monastery (on the right when coming from Abano Terme).
Leave your vehicle at the parking lot below the monastery; you can also reach the site by bike or on foot, following the bicycle track at the base of the hill.
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(photo by Riccardo Zimmitti)
San Daniele hill is in the northeastern portion of the Euganean Hills, among the municipalities of Abano Terme, Montegrotto Terme and Torreglia. From a geological point of view, it is an eruptive body about 90 meters high, made of trachytes; among the outcrops on the sides of the hill, small, shiny, clear ialine quartz crystals (1-2 mm) are located in crevices and irregular geodes in the alkaline trachytes. Despite the scarce elevation, along the trail it is possible to recognise many plant species typical of the Euganean vegetation and of the pseudo-mediterranean scrub. On the southwestern side, covered by a thermophilic oak forest with some elements of mediterranean scrub, during the spring there is the largest flowering of spring snowflakes (Leucojum vernum) of the whole Euganean territory. Along with it, common tree species in the area are hawthorns (Crataegus monogyna), hazels, brooms, field roses and butcher's-brooms.
Fields in the south-east, which were cultivated until a few decades ago, have given way to non-native black locusts (Robinia pseudoacacia), elmleaf blackberries (Rubus ulmifolius), elms (Ulmus) and white mulberries (Morus alba). Vegetation changes to the west of the hill, where chestnuts - some of which are centuries old - grow on the highest part; nettle trees abound under the monastery, and small and curious red nightshades (Solanum luteum subsp. alatum) grow along the trail. On the north side of the trail, between a huge, centuries-old narrow-leafed ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa) and a centuries-old oak, Mt. Rosso can be seen, lonely rising in the plain. Exotic multiflora roses are widespread at the foot of this mountain slope. South of the Monastery of San Daniele, in a chestnut wood, the ruins of an ancient "roccolo" - an old structure for bird catching - can be visited. The trails are easily accessible and the difference in elevation is modest. In late spring, in the chestnut wood, it is possible to observe a mushroom, the Russula parazurea, which is rare on the Euganean Hills. The diversity and colours of flora from spring to autumn provide a unique view.