A quiet village in the south of the Euganean Hills
The municipality of Baone extends along the southern side of the Euganean Hills and includes the hamlets of Valle San Giorgio, Calaone and Rivadolmo. Its territory is mainly hilly, marked by numerous farming and wine-producing activities.
Its mild climate, fertile soil and thermal springs (like the one still existing in Val Calaona) fostered human settlement since ancient times. The area was colonized first by the Paleoveneti and then by the Romans, following the same fortunes of the nearby town of Este.
Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the area underwent a long period of decline and abandonment that ended only after the year one-thousand, when it was absorbed by the feudal territory of the Marquis d'Este, gaining a great strategic value. On its hills, numerous fortifications were erected, representing the protagonists of the bloody struggles against the Ghibellines headed by Ezzelino and the Seigniors Da Carrara.
Peace was restored in this land at the beginning of the fifteenth century, at the advent of the Republic of Venice. During the long centuries of the Venetian domination (Serenissima), large patrician estates were established, building several cottages and manors.
Nowadays Baone looks like a quiet town surrounded by beautiful churches and villas, such as Villa Mantua Benavides, recently restored, Villa Ca 'Borini, Villa Ca' Orologio, Villa Ca’ Barbaro and Villa Beatrice d'Este.
To get pure relaxation in full contact with nature, the Parco delle Ginestre (Brooms Park) offers the opportunity to watch and know the characteristic landscapes of the Euganean Hills, so to learn how to safeguard them. Inside the park, there is a Fit-Trail, provided with exercise equipment and benches, so to alternate time devoted to sport with refreshment and quiet moments.
Baone is also renowned for its excellent wine, its varieties of honey, the excellent oil and for the production and trade of peas. Every year, at the end of May, an increasingly popular Festa dei Bisi (Festival of Peas) takes place.