The Organic Traveller
Monday, 18 June 2018

In and around the Euganean Hills: Organic farmstays

An hours' bicycle ride from Padua or one and a half hours from Vicenza gets you to La Buona Terra near the village of Cervarese Santa Croce, an organic farmstay, popular party location with families, educational farm for kindergardens and farm restaurant. You can stay either in one of the clean, rustic guest rooms and holiday homes located inside various farm buildings (advanced booking required), or on the camping site on the farm. A popular place with children -- there are not only pigs, cows, chicken, horses, donkeys, dogs (no cats), rabbits, goats, and frogs here, but also a spacious swimming pool. (Less popular among the kids: to ask the farmers, Luisa and Domenico, to remove the cleaning robot in the mornings.) If you do not come by bicycle you can lend one to explore the surroundings, or to have an ice-cream or coffee in Selvazzano Dentro.

La Buona Terra

After breakfast (organic with a few exceptions, and usually with freshly home-made crostata cakes usually made with the farm's own organic flour) you may pre-order lunch and/or dinner (around 8 pm), except on Mondays. Expect hearty home-made farmer's kitchen, home-made pasta, left-over soups, a grilled chunk of home-made bread topped with olive oil and an equally thick slice of sopressa salami from the farm's own pigs, freshly grilled vegetables, rustic meat courses from the farm (you may even be served a hearty stew of chicken necks) and (often) organic wines from nearby wineries. On weekends the farm restaurant is open to the public, but you are asked to phone in in advance (+39 328 077 0977). Vegans will probably stay away, but vegetarians are gladly catered for: The vegetarian four-courses dinner ("menu verde") comes at 25 €, the omnivore "menu rosso" at 28 € (prices without wine), and children pay 15 €.

There's also a farmshop selling the farm's home-made products: eggs, sopressa, preserves and liquors. Officially it keeps open on weekends between 15:30 and 19:30, but unless there's a bigger party of visitors around take this with a grain of salt and ask Luisa or an employee if you want to buy something.

One of the bicycle tours may lead you to the South-Western slopes of the Euganean Hills, to Ca' Orologio in Baone. Among vineyards and olive groves you will find Maria Gioia Rosellini's dedicated organic winery, producing natural wines of exclusive taste. You may enter the 16th century Venetian villa to taste and buy, or decide to rather stay in these magical surrondings and make use of the bed-and-breakfast offer (better book in advance, though). The breakfast itself is only partially organic, depending on the availability of organic products in the village supermarket (which is rather limited). You have the opportunity to cook lunch and dinner yourself, and serve it with a glass of Ca'Orologio wines.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Venice (Venezia)

The best and most comfortable way to reach Venice is by train to Venezia Santa Lucia railway station. Trains from Germany or Austria run by the Austrian railway, ÖBB, also have sufficient dedicated space to take a bicycle with you. If you really must fly into Mestre make sure to compensate your climate gas emissions using services like Atmosfair. At any cost: Do not come by cruise ship! "Le grande navi", much hated by the local population, destroy the very foundations of this beautiful city and are a criminal danger to all other passengers in the narrow waterstreets -- a price you hopefully are not willing to pay for a tremendous view at San Marco.

Pizzeria Oke, Venezia

Moving around in the very town of Venice is done in an eco-conscious way -- by public transport or walking. For the reliable ACTV waterbusses and ferries you can buy day, two-days and three-days passes which also cover the greater area including Chioggia. In 2019 a 72 hours ticket came at 40 EUR, for children above 4 years at 22 EUR.

Bicycles aren't allowed in the narrow streets, so if you come by bike you'd better stay on the Lido of Venezia. To get there from Venezia Santa Lucia train station take the ferry no. 17 from Tronchetto to Lido San Nicolo (from the train station you must carry your bike over the steps of the Ponte della Costituzione bridge). ACTV bicyle tickets come at one EUR per bike and ferry ride.

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Padua (Padova)

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Italy: The Veneto

Farmstay La Buona Terra, Cervarese S. Croce

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Italy

Supermarket Silene, Vicenza

The Marches

The Veneto

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