No 28 - Ancient paths above Luvigliano
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(photo by: Massimo Guercini)
After having passed the old quarry with a furnace, reconstructed as a private house, the road turns on the right, the cart road becomes more narrow and steep, dug in the “Scaglia rossa” that is clearly visible on the sides and on the back of the trail. Also the vegetation, clearly disturbed from the man's work changes, giving space to the typical species of the thermophilic woods: Oak, Judas tree and wild asparagus are some of the species that can be found.
The trail starts to climb until reaching a plain, cultivated near a big wooden cross. The view is worth all of the effort done to get there; from here we can observe the Euganian uplands and the mountains of the Grande and Madonna in front, the mountains Pirio and Pendice on the left, while the near Solone mountain closes the horizon on the right. We continue with the path in front of us, we proceed walking along the vineyard, then we get into the woods, walking on a slight slope on a fresh mountainside and often muddy, among hornbeams and chestnuts.
On the watershed, on the west we can see the overhanging walls of the mountains Pirio and Pendice, popular destination for many climbers, and on the opposite side we can see Teolo. We continue along the dorsal, namely on a crossroads with the indication of the Alta Via, we continue on the main road until reaching a beautiful Marian capital at “Terre Bianche” place, which appears as a little church with a bell in white masonry, built in order to protect the vineyards from the storms and recently enhanced by the Alpini group of Torreglia. Sitting on the benches, we can admire the panorama that extends towards east: the thermal spas of Abano and Montegrotto, Padua and the eastern plains, on clear days it is possible to distinguish the lagoon with Venice and Chioggia.
The road proceeds with a slightly uphill until curving on the back of Casa Milanta and from here, before the curve, we get the road that goes down on the left passing the houses that then proceeds down among the olive trees and vineyards bringing us to Luvigliano near Villa Pollini, historical abode of the Paduan pianist Cesare Pollini. From here we take the road downhill along the perimeter walls of Villa dei Vescovi until the parking.