ESTE IN FIORE
In April in Este there’s the Este in Fiore, Exhibition of National plant Nursery, and the traditional food and products of Veneto. Since 15 years Este in Fiore wants to enhance and protect the wealth present in gardens and orchards, to avert the recent approval that threatens to wipe out species of plants and local flowers.
MONTAGNANA IN FESTA
In May in Montagnana there’s the Montagnana in festa, a festival that presents the different local products, first of all the Veneto Berico Euganeo DOP ham. Along with tastings there will also be conventions about the protection and promotion of local products.
PALIO DEI 10 COMUNI
In June in Montagnana there’s the Palio of the 10 municipalities. It is a horse race without a saddle which provides 3 laps around the medieval walls. This event is an historical reenactment that celebrates the liberation from the tyranny of Ezzelino III. It involves the 10 surrounding municipalities affected by this historical period: Montagnana, Casale di Scodosia, Castelbaldo Masi, Megliadino San Fidenzio, Megliadino San Vitale, Merlara, Saletto, Santa Margherita d’Adige, Urbana. In addition to the race there are the medieval camp near the walls, the historical parade with costumes, taverns and markets, dances and games, and the Fire of the Rock represented with a picturesque staging.
In June in the village of Vo’ Vecchio, you can admire the Vogalonga Euganea. The race takes place on Bisato Canal running from Vo ‘Vecchio, up to Este, Monselice and Battaglia Terme. The participants travel over 30 km with typical Venetian boats. This type of boat has spread in the area which is characterized by the water and the shallow channels, so the boats have a flat bottom with no keel, and are driven with only one oar. The event is always followed by locals and tourists.
GIOSTRA DELLA ROCCA
In September in Monselice there is the medieval event Giostra della Rocca. During several days there are events related to medieval history, with the competition of living chess in costume, medieval market, archery competitions, performances by musicians and drummers, the parade, and finally, the Quintana Race, a horseback ride with the districts of the town that face each other to win the Palio.
Every year in September in Vo’ Euganeo there’s the Grape Festival. This event has been celebrated for more than 60 years and aims to enhance one of the most important products of this land. The grapes, in fact, has been grown through the hills for centuries and the Euganean Hills DOC wine is one of the flagship products of excellence of Venetian food and wine. For the occasion, they organize wine and other typical foods tastings, they also organize walks to raise awareness of the beauty of the whole territory and its peasant origins.