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 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 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?
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!
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!
La Dolce Vita through from California to Italy. I’m Kelly, an American girl with Italian taste in food & wine. I blog about learning Italian, food & wine pairings, how to find authentic Italian ingredients in the US, and seasonal recipes from scratch.