Municipality of Cinto Euganeo
The name of the small town of Cinto Euganeo reveals ancient Roman origins. Its toponym probably originates from the Latin Quintus (fifth mile) that referred to the distance from the city of Atheste along an ancient Roman route. However, someone suggests that “Cinto” may be drawn from the appellation referred to the Goddess Cintia (Diana), to whom a temple was supposedly dedicated.
The village developed around the ancient church of Santa Maria Assunta, whose presence is proved since the tenth century. The monument was built in the same place that hosted a medieval tower, whose vestiges can be seen even today by looking at the base of the bell tower.
On the summit of Mount Cinto, stood a real castle which was destroyed by Ezzelino da Romano, during the war between the Scaligeri and Carraresi families.
The four hamlets in the district (Fontanafredda, Cinto, Valnogaredo and Faedo) stand out for the amenity of their landscapes and the highly valuable historical buildings.
Fontanafredda is situated near Mount Resino and its name derives from the source of cold water that still flows in front of the Town Hall. Inside the Church of San Donato, which was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, there are three precious marble altars; instead, on top of the Mount Resino a building serving as bird call (Roccolo or Castelletto) can be glimpsed.
Valnogaredo is embedded on the slopes of Mount Vendevolo; it is dominated by the imposing Villa Contarini _which contains frescoes by J. Guarana_ and by the Church of San Bartolomeo. The nature trail leading to Mount Venda _the highest on the Euganean Hills_ and the remains of the extraordinary Roman aqueduct, visible in the site named "Buso dea Casàra" (Casàra Hole), are two of the most remarkable attractions of this place.
The village of Faedo, owing its name to the ancient beech woods, is worth a visit to enjoy the scenery from the hamlet and the views of some outstanding mansions, such as Villa Alessi, where the archaeologist Isidoro Alessi formerly lived, and today noted winery. The small church dedicated to San Pietro, built in 1497, has undergone several renovations due to earthquakes, landslides and fires that occurred over the centuries. Inside you can admire the altars coming from the ancient monastery of Olivetani of Mount Venda.
Another key attraction in Cinto Euganeo is the furnace of Cava Bomba, a significant example of industrial archeology. Nowadays, it houses an interesting geo-paleontological museum, containing a rich collection of fossils from the Euganean Hills and the rest of the world.