Petrarca' s House

Tucked away in the picturesque town of Arquà Petrarca, the house of Francesco Petrarca — one of Italy's most revered poets and scholars — stands as a testament to the life and times of this literary luminary. Read more

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Explore the Renaissance ambiance and delve deep into the world of a poet whose words have transcended centuries. Francesco Petrarca, commonly known in English as Petrarch, was a foundational figure in the Italian Renaissance, known primarily for his poetry, especially the collection of "Canzoniere" or "Rerum vulgarium fragmenta". The house in Arquà Petrarca is where he spent the last years of his life, from 1370 until his death in 1374. Preserved in its original state, the house offers visitors a glimpse into Petrarch's everyday life, adorned with period furniture, personal artifacts, and a rich collection of ancient manuscripts. The tranquil garden, with its medicinal plants, reflects the poet's love for nature, providing a serene backdrop to this historical abode.
Petrarca's House in Arquà is not just a historic residence; it's a journey into the heart of the Italian Renaissance. Visitors can almost sense the poetic musings that would have permeated these rooms, making it a must-visit for lovers of literature and history.

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Petrarch's Study

Delve into the intellectual world of Petrarch with a visit to his study, where he penned many of his later works.

Historical Artifacts

The house boasts a collection of Petrarch's personal items, including his chair, inkstand, and the alleged cat's mummy, which according to legend, belonged to the poet.

Manuscript Collection

Explore the vast collection of manuscripts, some penned by Petrarch himself, offering insights into his thought process and literary genius.

The Medicinal Garden

Wander through the peaceful garden that houses a variety of medicinal plants, reflecting Petrarch's keen interest in botany.

Petrarch's Tomb

Located just a short walk from the house, in the central square of Arquà, lies the final resting place of the poet, an elegant arcaded tomb made of red marble.

Centro Culturale Francesco Petrarca

Dedicated to the study and promotion of Petrarch's works, this center hosts exhibitions, conferences, and seminars about the poet and his influence on literature and humanism.

Historic Town of Arquà Petrarca

Beyond the poet's house, explore the medieval streets, ancient buildings, and panoramic views that make Arquà Petrarca one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Local Gastronomy

Savor the flavors of the region with traditional dishes, wines, and olive oils in the local trattorias.

Mount Ricco

For those keen on a hike, this nearby mountain offers panoramic views of the Euganean Hills and the Po Valley.

Euganean Hills

Explore the lush landscapes, vineyards, and historic sites that dot these ancient volcanic hills, known for their thermal springs and natural beauty.

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