Hidden Gems of Italy: Arquà Petrarca, Colli Euganei, and Brodo di Giuggiole {#DolceVitaBloggers}


Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy


This June, the #DolceVitaBloggers topic is all about hidden Italian gems, which could be anything from a town, a restaurant, a recipe, a product, pretty much anything that is underrated or undiscovered that true Italophiles would appreciate.

I’d like to share a gorgeous village called Arquà Petrarca that we visited recently. Arquà Petrarca is located just south of Padova, nestled amongst vineyards of the rolling Colli Euganei. It was even voted il secondo borgo tra I venti più belli d’Italia 2017, the runner up of the most beautiful Italian villages of 2017.

Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy
Welcome to the second of 20 most beautiful villages in Italy 2017
Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy
View of the Colli Eugenei (Eugenean Hills) from Arquà Petrarca

Arquà Petrarca is an outdoor gym because you have to walk straight up numerous hills. If this adorable elderly couple can do it, so can you!

Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy
This adorable couple is seriously #CoupleGoals. Look at them trek up that hill!
 Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy
You’ll be rewarded at the top of the hill with amazing views of the vineyards surrounding Arquà Petrarca

Arquà Petrarca is also where the Italian poet Petrarch lived (read/listen to one of his sonnets in English & Italian here). Did you know that Petrarch is also considered the “first tourist” because he traveled for fun?

Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy

My favorite part about Arquà Petrarca was discovering giuggiole (jujube). I’ve never had nor seen a jujube in my life! They are a reddish colored berry that is about the size of a date. Arquà Petrarca is full of giuggiole! You can buy all sorts of giuggiole products, such as hand creams and other beauty products. My favorite was Brodo di Giuggiole, a dolciastro (slightly sweet) liqueur. I’m not quite sure how to describe the flavor because it was unlike anything I’ve ever had before. Perhaps it had a hint of violet? In any case, it’s delicious, and you should definitely try it if you get the chance! Giuggiole is also my new favorite word to say in Italian because it just rolls off the tongue!

Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy
Beauty products and creams made with giuggiole (jujubes)

Arquà Petrarca, Veneto, Italy

Have you ever been to Arquà Petrarca or tried giuggiole before? 

#DolceVitaBloggers is a monthly link up for Italy lovers hosted by myself, Kristie of Mammaprada.com, and Jasmine of Questadolcevita.com. If you have a Hidden Italian Gem to share, you can add your link here!



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Ciao, I'm Kelly!

Welcome to my adventures in learning Italian, often while cooking authentic Italian recipes and wine tasting! I love discovering the traditional regional cuisine of Italy and trying to recreate those dishes when I'm back home in the US. I'm also on my way to becoming an Italian citizen through jure sanguinis (by ancestry).

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Un po' di pepe
2 years ago

I must try giuggiole! What a great word. I looooove jujubes, so this is reason enough to visit Arqua Petrarca! Well, besides the fact that it looks cutissimo! I will add it to my ‘near Padova’ itinerary. Ciao, Cristina

Lucy and Kelly
2 years ago

This place looks so pretty and I can’t believe it’s so close to Padova! We’ll have to visit next time we go to see our Auntie! 🙂 I always remember Jujubes from, I want to say, an episode of Sister Sister years ago! Is this just me? I’m sure it was a sweet though not a berry when they were talking about it! :p Random I know!

Kelly x

a mindful traveler
2 years ago

What a gorgeous town. I’d love to try those beauty products, I have not come across anything like that with giuggiole in it before! Xx

a mindful traveler
2 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

For sure Kelly. Xx

2 years ago

Ciao, Kelly! Arqua Petrarca sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I have not seen a jujube before (I thought it was just a diaper bag brand). The beauty products are a must-try.

Kristie Prada
2 years ago

What a sweet place. I love that you’ve found another word that I’m worrying about pronouncing! Lol! So cute that little couple hiking up the street. It does keep you fit in Italian villages! x

2 years ago

So so pretty and your photos are so amazing! Never been here. and I too love jujubes 🙂

2 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

I think you take great pictures and I see them improving every time. Keep at it xx

LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia

As I started reading this I wondered if it was anyway connected to the poet my students have mentioned when we talk about their literature studies. And what do you know, it is! Great pics bella and I absolutely love the pic of the couple walking up the steep street – so adorable!

Questa Dolce Vita (@questadolcevita)

Hi Kelly! I’m finally back at it and back in Italy, so sorry it’s taken me so long to read and comment on your post. I’m so happy you shared these, I’ve never heard of any of them and they are feasible day trips for Massi and I and we’re always on the lookout for these kinds of places! Ahaha and yes, totally #couplegoals! Jasmine of http://www.questadolcevita.com

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