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FARMHOUSE LA BUONA TERRA
CERVARESE SANTA CROCE – PADUA
Colli Euganei

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3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Monday to Friday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/2 years
  • 3rd bed from 3 to 14 years €60 per 3 nights stay; €80 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed 3€/night
  • Bicycles rental
  • Sale of typical products

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Monday to Friday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 790 per couple

€ 740 per couple

  • Free cot 0/2 years
  • 3rd bed from 3 to 14 years €60 per 3 nights stay; €80 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed 3€/night
  • Bicycles rental
  • Sale of typical products

We are not an ordinary farmhouse, we prefer to define ourselves a family that decides to open up to the public: 

‘La Buona Terra’ is a project born in 1999, strongly desired by the passion and love for the land of Luisa and Domenico. Hospitality, cooking, educational farm and organic farming come together in our farmhouse: a farming reality in the heart of the Veneto region, a few minutes from Padua and close to Venice and Vicenza.

The farm is located in the Paduan countryside, in Cervarese Santa Croce. The entire farm was converted to ORGANIC agriculture in 1999, one of the first in the entire province of Padua. The animals are treated with respect and care, nourished with natural elements from the farm. This makes our products healthy, tasty and rich.

The animals live outdoors taking advantage of ample space in the green, in fact the farm covers about 15 hectares between crops and livestock.

We breed cattle and pigs for meat, taking care of the quality of life of the animals, guaranteeing them the chance to run, play and splash around in the mud.

Rooms: Refurbished keeping unchanged the charm of the past, suitable for a romantic getaway of a single weekend as for a stay for the whole family. All have private services with courtesy set, air conditioning and kettle. Some have TVs and minifridges.

Shop: Next to the services of the campfire is the farm shop, you can buy our preserves, our flours, vegetables from the garden, homemade bread and much more, depending on the season.

Playground: Inside the farm there is a large playground area where children can run freely discovering nature.

Pool: Spend time in our pool in the middle of the garden, relax, nature and above all a good way to get away from the summer heat.

Restaurant & Cooking school: Our restaurant is the mean we use to make you taste the fruit of our work, in fact the raw materials that we use are mostly coming from our farm, we make bread, pasta, preserves, jams and much more.

Forget therefore the ordinary concept of restaurant, we are primarily the direct growers! Taste the vegetables from our garden, bread and cakes made with our flours, meat from our farms, our eggs …

Our menu is fixed, so you will not choose the individual dishes but the proposed menus, traditional or vegetarian, different every week so that you can fully appreciate seasonal products of the farm based on availability. To every season its fruit because everything has its time and in its season has the peak of taste!

We welcome vegans, vegetarians and celiacs. We will be happy to create a balanced and tasty meal for you.

Among our specialties: Chicken in tocio with potatoes, Pumpkin pie with local cheese fondue with herbs, Millefeuille of fried Marano-corn polenta with cotechino of our production, Braised soranella in a bed of chard with garlic and chilli pepper, vegan buckwheat tart with cannellini, turmeric and tamari sauce cream with green broccoli and creamed peppers crouton with ricotta, bean purée with spicy chicory with croutons of hot homemade bread, ricotta and radicchio pie with our production of cotechino and polentina, Torta paradiso on mulled wine syrup and many others …

Surroundings

Venice

Canals, gondolas, calli, ancient buildings and masks are the key words of Venice, a city of traditions , stories and legends. Historic capital of the Serenissima Republic, Venice is the capital of the Veneto region.

Venice is the Italian city capable of transmitting great emotions at any time of the year. At Carnevale, Piazza San Marco and the Bell-tower become the undisputed protagonists of Colombina’s expectation, which opens the celebrations by flying lightly and landing under the eyes of everyone. At Valentine’s Day is the ideal place to declare your love aboard a romantic gondola. From spring to autumn, every two years, the city hosts the famous Venice Biennale and annually the Venice International Film Festival. Venice retains that retro charm that will make your heart beat and distinguishes it from all the cities of the world. Formed by sestieri, the city is divided into six areas with a wide selection of things to do.

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Piazza San Marco takes your breath away for its beauty and elegance, one of the most famous squares in the world. Every year hosts the colorful carnival masks. Considered the living room of Venice, the Piazza is surrounded by the most important buildings of the city such as the Basilica of San Marco, the Campanile, Palazzo Ducale and its colonnades that still show the grandeur of the Serenissima.

Palazzo Ducale, it will charm you already with its imposing and suggestive façade, but it will be the inside to amaze you most with its courtyard, the grand staircase and the meeting rooms of the Doge, immense and elegant halls with paintings, tapestries, sculptures, banners and frescoed ceilings . Crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs you get to the armory and the New Prisons, from which the famous heartbreaker Casanova managed to escape aboard a gondola.

Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal From the Rialto Bridge you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Grand Canal, originally built in wood and subsequently built in stone to become a commercial reference point for the entire city. Even today he plays the same role with a continuous coming and going being the only choice to cross the Grand Canal on foot.

Rialto market The beating heart of the city of Venice, a walk through the colorful stalls of fruit and vegetables, fish and shellfish and oriental products such as spices, silk and carpets.

Bridge of Sighs one of the most famous in the world, a few steps from Piazza San Marco, romantic place par excellence if crossed by gondola, transmits less pleasant feelings if crossed on foot as did the prisoners who went to meet death and that from its small windows could observe, with a sigh, the external world for one last time.

Caffè Florian a luxury to be granted at least once in your life in the oldest coffee in the world that takes its name from its founder called in Venetian dialect Florian. Frequented by famous people like Casanova, Goldoni, Dickens, Goethe, D’Annunzio and others, it maintains its charm and is a destination for Venetians, Italians and foreigners.

Basilica of San Marco You will realize the greatness of Venice by entering the Basilica of San Marco. Wonderful on the outside, inside is embellished with precious artefacts from all over the world and large mosaics that will bring you back to the splendor of the Serenissima Republic. From the mezzanine floor you can admire the splendor of the Piazza.

Burano

All visitors of Burano remain intrigued by the many colours and the colorful houses that are reflected into the green waters of channels, by the leaning bell tower, by the tranquility and the calmness with which the elderly ladies embroider original Burano lace by their tombolo (or lace pillow), while they are laughing and chatting in squares among them. It seems to be in paradise. Children who dart freely with their bicycles, balconies with multicolored flowers, fishermen who put up fresh fish from their traditional boats.

Although lacemaking in Burano is the main craftsmanship attraction, enchanting is also the “lume glass working”: a technique born in the nearby island of Murano, but also widespread in the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Burano is not an exception to this and it is quite easy to come across some little shops where you can admire this type of Murano glass processing.

On the island of Burano it is worth going into the streets and alleyways outside the usual tour that leads to the square. To fully enjoy Burano it is necessary to “get lost”. For example, one of the most beautiful views of the colored houses that extend along the banks is surely the one that comes from the “Tre Ponti”, a wooden bridge that connects three banks. From above it is possible to make beautiful spherical or panoramic photographs with the colors of the houses reflected on the canals, the crooked bell tower that overlooks the island and the sun setting behind the old fish market, with a tiny Venice in the background that can be glimpsed in the distance. Visit the Burano Island website.

Chioggia

Chioggia is a characteristic town above an island at the southern end of the Venetian lagoon, it is a miniature Venice, with its canals crossed by bridges and its streets lined with Venetian buildings.

Worth seeing is the Duomo, which can be reached from Porta Garibaldi, created on the designs of Baldassarre Longhena, but which actually has even older origins, around the year 1000. Inside a marble pulpit and several 18th century paintings from the Venetian school, including a youth work by Tiepolo.

From the Duomo starts Corso del Popolo, city’s main street, 830 meters long and half-way for pedestrians. Here you will find several Venetian-style buildings, including the Palazzo Comunale and several bars and restaurants that are the hub of the city’s nightlife.

The Vena canal is the most characteristic of the city, a real corner of Venice with suggestive views, the best point for the right view is the Vigo Bridge.

In Piazzetta Vigo, which opens onto the lagoon and from where the boats leave for Venice, stands a Greek marble column with a Byzantine capital that holds a Lion of San Marco. Due to its small size and the ancient rivalry between the inhabitants of Chioggia and the Venetians it is called “Gato de Ciosa”, that means “Chioggia’s cat”, it seems that the Chioggiotti are not at all proud of it.

In an important fishing center could not be missing the fish market, located between the channel of the Vena and the Corso del Popolo, where it is sold fresh fish of the area.

The true fishing spirit is found along the San Domenico canal: a continuous coming and going of fishing boats and ships to witness the economic importance of this activity.

Even here in Chioggia the most popular cocktail for aperitif is Spritz, choose one of the many bars with a view of the canal and enjoy a perfect one.

Padua

Prato della Valle, the largest square in Padua and one of the largest squares in Europe (the largest is the Red Square of Moscow!), is one of the symbols of the city, with its characteristic elliptical shape: in the center is a green area called Memmia Island, from the name of the podestà who commissioned the reconstruction works of 1775, which gave the square its current appearance. All around the island a water canal and 78 statues that observe the strolling tourists and the Paduans sunbathing on the lawn.

The Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua is one of the largest churches in the world and every year millions of pilgrims cross its threshold to visit the tomb of the saint and see his relics. The church was completed in the fourteenth century and the gabled façade features Romanesque and Gothic elements, as well as Byzantine-style domes.

The Scrovegni Chapel inside contains the famous cycle of frescoes by Giotto, who completed them in the early fourteenth century. Among the subjects painted by the great Tuscan painter are the stories of Joachim and Anna, Mary and Christ, the disquieting Universal Judgment and the allegories of vices and virtues. From these frescoes begins an important journey in the history of Western art, which from the subsequent Italian Renaissance will direct the paths of art throughout the world.

Palazzo della Ragione, in the center of Piazza delle Erbe. The shape is reminiscent of an overturned ship: it dates back to the 13th century and housed the city courts of Padua. The interior is decorated with a cycle of recently restored astrological themed frescoes. It also houses the large wooden horse, known as Donatello’s Horse, one of the symbols of the city.

The Clock Tower also marks the month, day and phase of the moon, but if you are of Libra, the sign of justice, you will be disappointed because that sign is missing for a spite of the builder who wanted to protest for being paid less than agreed!

Padua boasts another record: the oldest Botanical Garden in the world, founded in 1545. Initially the purpose of the Garden was the cultivation of medicinal herbs necessary for medical practice. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 because it is “the origin of all the botanical gardens of the world and represents the cradle of science, scientific exchanges and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture”. Vist the Botanical Garden website.

Ferrara

Ferrara is one of the most beautiful cities in Emilia Romagna, the largest among the Italian cities on a human scale and the smallest among the great capitals of the Italian Renaissance.

Reinvented between the fifteenth and sixteenth century by the dukes of Este, rich in historical monuments and museums, the old Ferrara is today divided between the Renaissance area and the medieval old town, both beautiful and both perfect to explore on foot or by bike.

In Ferrara bicycles are more than a mean of transport: it is almost a philosophy of life. Not for nothing the city has earned the title of “city of bicycles”, at least in Italy … to discover the center of Ferrara just ride. It’s all flat, and there will be no shortage of opportunities to stop for a break in a park, a historic building or a nice restaurant, or maybe a concert or a literary deviation.

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The Castello Estense is the most characteristic monument of Ferrara: it is a castle just as it should be, with the moat, the drawbridges and the dungeons. Its construction began in 1385 and its grandeur still bears witness to the power of the Este family during the Renaissance. The ground floor houses the prisons and kitchens, on the upper floors there are richly decorated rooms: the games rooms, the ducal chapel, the Loggia degli Aranci, the Government Hall and the Sala degli Stemmi. Visit the website.

Palazzo Schifanoia represents the only still existing example of an Estense residence destined for representation and recreation: the term Schifanoia derives from “disgust the boredom”, “removing the tedium”.
On the main floor are the famous frescoes with the cycle of the Months made by Francesco del Cossa, Ercole de’ Roberti and other artists of the “Ferrara workshop”. Wanted by the same Duke Borso to enhance his activity of government, the cycle is one of the greatest testimonies of Italian Renaissance culture. Visit the website

Casa Romei is one of the most beautiful noble residences of Ferrara … Do not be fooled by the austere facade and come to visit it: the interiors are richly decorated, with antique furniture and overlook a fantastic courtyard, the whole house is a mix of medieval and Renaissance elements.

The Saint George Cathedral is the religious center of the city, founded in 1100 has undergone expansion in the following centuries, today is therefore a fascinating mixture of styles from Roman to Baroque. The splendid façade is in white marble and in the center of the portal is Saint George killing the dragon. The church is located on the large Piazza Trento and Trieste where there are other historic buildings.

The historic center, from the pedestrian street Corso Ercole d’Este, reaches the greeney surrounded walls and still maintains the appearance it had in the Renaissance; it is the ideal place to discover and stroll, make a stop for a coffee or in one of the typical restaurants, where you can taste the specialties of Ferrara such as “salama da sugo” or macaroni pasticcio.

Monumental Garden of Valsanzibio

The garden of Valsanzibio, built between 1665 and 1696, is an extraordinary example of an entirely legible symbolic garden, of a large water garden in complete efficiency and is today one of the world’s largest and most complete historic gardens.

The Monumental complex of Valsanzibio was brought to its current splendor by the Venetian nobleman Zuane Francesco Barbarigo, helped by his sons. It was precisely the firstborn Gregory, Cardinal, Bishop of Padua and future Saint, who inspired the high symbolism of the project of the main pontifical architect and fountainman Luigi Bernini. Following a solemn vow made by his father to Our Lord in 1631, he wanted the garden of Valsanzibio to be a monumental emblem of the path of perfection that leads the man from Error to Truth, from Ignorance to Revelation.

The “Diane Pavilion” or “Diane’s Doorway” was not only the main entrance by water to the Barbarigo estate in the 17th and 18th century, but, this majestic and impressive doorway, represented, as it still does today, the beginning of the salvation’s path, wanted by Saint Gregorio Barbarigo, that ends in front of the Villa, in the Mushroom Fountain square, the Ecstasy’s Fountain or, indeed, the Revelations Fountain square.

This exceptional example of baroque gardens consists of more than 60 statues, engraved in Istria stone by the Merengo, and other different minor sculptures that integrate into a world of architectures, streams, waterfalls, fountains, small ponds, water games and fish ponds, between hundreds of different trees and plants, over an area of more than 10 hectares.

Also, inside the monumental complex and essential stage of the path of salvation, there is the boxwood maze, the symbolic Hermit’s Grotto, the Rabbits Island and the Monument to Time. Visit the website

Vicenza & Bassano del Grappa

Vicenza: Since 1994, declared a Universal Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, Vicenza is adorned with a majestic architecture that draws every corner reciting a single name: Andrea Palladio.

Here the architectural genius has left the most evident sign of his art, which today we can admire in the buildings of unmistakable elegance. Among all the Basilica Palladiana, from whose upper floor you can enjoy an exciting view of the three squares below, and the splendid Loggia del Capitanio.

To act as a backdrop to the lively city life, we find three other works by the great architect: Palazzo Chiericati, now home of the Civic Museum and the Pinacoteca, Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home of the Palladian Museum and Palazzo Valmarana. Of particular value for the “scenographic” solution adopted, is the architectural work of the Teatro Olimpico, brought to later completion by Scamozzi.

At the gates of Vicenza, we meet one of its most well-known architectural symbols, that is the country house Villa Almerico-Capra, called La Rotonda, famous for the particular development of the central plant that fits harmoniously in the natural setting of the Berici Hills.
Not far from the center, on the hill overlooking the city, stands the Basilica of Monte Berico, which houses precious works including the canvas with the Supper of St. Gregory the Great by Paolo Veronese.

Crossed by the river Brenta, Bassano del Grappa is one of the most populated and developed cities of the Veneto region.

Its craftsmanship, with excellent ceramics, and the gastronomic tradition linked to the preparation of products such as asparagus, baccalà and the famous grappa are the pride of the city. The historical events that have affected this small town and its surroundings have shaped the appearance of this beautiful village in Italy.

The Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini has always been the symbol of the city. Rebuilt several times due to the war and river floods it still respects the ancient project developed by Palladio in 1569. The name of Ponte degli Alpini derives from the numerous alpine war songs that inspired it and also from the small Alpine museum located at the bottom of the bridge. Beautiful is the view from the bridge: upstream on the Brenta valley with Mount Grappa and the castle hill and downstream on the Victory bridge.

Villa Pisani

Villa Pisani National Museum, the “Queen of the venetian villas”, is one of the main tourist attractions in the Veneto Region. The fine villa of the noble Pisani family lies along the Riviera del Brenta, 10 minutes away from Padua and 20 from Venice. In its 144 rooms doges, kings and emperors were welcomed and nowadays it is a national museum which conserves 18th and 19th century works of art and furniture, as Gianbattista Tiepolo’s masterpiece “The Glory of the Pisani family”, a fresco on the ceiling of the ballroom.

“Every step is a new sight and a new beauty”: thus described Villa Pisani garden an enthusiastic traveller in the nineteenth century. As in the past, the garden is enchanting with its flamboyant sights, original architecture, its famous maze, its valuable citrus fruit collection and its greenhouses with plants and flowers.

The Pisani di Santo Stefano family, which commissioned the construction of the villa, was an important branch of the ancient patrician Pisani family of Venice.

They got enormously rich during the fourteenth century with trade and land rent; in the fifteenth century they acquired a large fief in the Paduan plain and in the same period began the construction of the large palace of Campo Santo Stefano in Venice, finished only in the eighteenth century.

This was the golden century of the family which held the higher position of the Republic of Venice. Alvise Pisani (1664-1741) was appointed ambassador to the court of the Sun King who even stood godfather to Pisani’s son. He then became doge (1735), the highest position of the family.

But the decline was soon to come: the collapse of the Republic (1797) together with the vice of game led Pisani family to fall into crippling debts. This situation forced them to sell the villa to Napoleon Bonaparte on January 11th 1807 for 1,901,000 Venetian liras.

Napoleon Bonaparte had become King of Italy in 1805 and he had appointed viceroy his stepson Eugène Beauharnais, who got the villa. Eugène was an educated patron and he commissioned several rehabilitation works which changed the look of many rooms and of the garden.

In 1814 the battle of Waterloo decided the history of Europe and brought the Habsburg imperial family, lords of Veneto, to Villa Pisani. The villa thus became the favourite vacation palace of Marianna Carolina, empress of Austria and hosted the whole European aristocracy, from the king of Spain Charles IV (1815) to the czar of Russia Alexander I (1822), from the king of Naples Ferdinand II (1837) to the king of Greece Otto (1837) and many others.

The brilliant life at court stopped in 1866, when Veneto was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy. The villa did not become part of the Savoy family possessions but became property of the State, thus losing its role of entertainment. Though uninhabited, it had several notable visitors such as Wagner, D’Annunzio (the basic passage of his novel “The Flame of Life” is set at Villa Pisani), Mussolini and Hitler (their first official meeting took place here in 1934), Pierpaolo Pasolini (who shot an episode of his film “Porcile” in the rooms and in the garden of the villa). Visit the website

Valcorba Wildlife Park

The Park covers an area of 200,000 square meters of meadows, trees, paths and water mirrors offering accommodation to over 220 animals for more than 50 different species.

The animals are the real protagonists, they live within extremely large and comfortable spaces, studied according to the needs of each individual species and are therefore free to wander around in their natural environment.

In addition to the animals, the elements that characterize Valcorba are the green of the meadows, the stones and the wood used for the buildings.

Ample recreational spaces, covered and outdoor picnic areas, sinuous tree-lined avenues, a castle surrounded by water and areas reserved for children’s games, complete the Valcorba Wildlife Park, giving guests, both young and old, the opportunity to immerse themselves in a nature to know and respect.

The Valcorba Wildlife Park is now a true center of environmental education thanks to the various educational activities aimed at schools and all the welcome visitors … a place where we and our children can understand the importance of respect for animals and their natural environment. Visit the website

PRICE LIST

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Monday to Friday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/2 years
  • 3rd bed from 3 to 14 years €60 per 3 nights stay; €80 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed 3€/night
  • Bicycles rental
  • Sale of typical products

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Monday to Friday
September, October, November, March
from 1 to 14 April, May, from 1 to 16 June

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 790 per couple

€ 740 per couple

  • Free cot 0/2 years
  • 3rd bed from 3 to 14 years €60 per 3 nights stay; €80 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed 3€/night
  • Bicycles rental
  • Sale of typical products

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