Monselice, a little known gem in Italy

Free guided tours & practice italian for free

Welcome to "Free tours in Italy" ..!

I created this blog to sharing my beautiful town Monselice, just south of Padua.

Planning to north-east Italy ..?

The average tourist doesn't know much about north-east Italy.

It's surprising to find out what kind of scenary, history, and attractions there are to find here.

Veneto region abounds in a number of fascinating places, as Monselice, a little known gem.

Monselice has an enchanting historical centre which develops around the slopes of the Citadel Hill.

The defensive function and the setting out of the citadel (Rocca) date back to the Roman times, and was later enlarged and completed by the Langobards in the fifth century.

Discover this medieval walled town with my free guided tour, and practice italian language for free.

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Fascinating Monselice, gem of the Veneto region.

The beautiful walk from Piazza Mazzini to the top of the hill reveals the most important historical events of the town through its main monuments.

The first stop is at the St Paul's church, which keeps an early medieval crypt with 13th

century frescoes.


Palazzo della Loggetta: Graceful corner that welcomes the tourist to the visit of the town and the evocative ruins of the Rocca. A 15th century building, to which the upper storey and an elegant arched loggia were added in the 17th century, it now houses the Tourist Office.


Taking the Via del Santuario you reach the Castle, a fortress dating from the late Middle Ages, re-built by Ezzelino da Romano in the 13th century, enlarged by the Da Carrara family and transformed into a residence by the Marcello Venetian noble family.

In 1942 it was made a museum by Count Vittorio Cini who added a rich collection of arms and furniture.



As you continue climbing the hill after visiting the castle, you come upon Villa Nani-Mocenigo, a sumptuous building from the late Renaissance period. It has a dramatic outdoor staircase with statues, which connects the various terraced levels of the lawn around the mansion. The church of Santa Giustina is located a little further on.


Just beyond is the old Pieve di Santa Giustina, also known as the old cathedral, with its late-Romanesque architecture and gothic decorative elements. It was consecrated in 1256 and houses a number of important works of art, including a 15th-century polyptych of the Venetian school.


Pass through the doorway of the "count's lions" to reach the wide panorama of the rotonda.


The Porta Romana (Roman or Holy Door), erected in 1651, marks the entry to the sanctified area of the Santuario Giubilare delle Sette Chiese (Jubilee Sanctuary of the Seven Churches), designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi on commission from the Duodo Venetian noble family who were ambassadors from the Serenissima Republic to the Holy See.


A 1605 papal bull of Paul V grants the Sanctuary the same indulgences given the faithful during pilgrimages to the seven major basilicas in Rome. Monselice is the only example of this particular form of Roman devotion as is also noted in the inscription on the Holy Door: Romanis basilicis pares.


At the top of the route is the elegant group of buildings making up Villla Duodo. To the right is the oldest structure dating from the early 1600s, designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, while the front wing with its bas relief was added by Andrea Tirali in 1740. To the left is the spectacular Exedra dedicated to St Francis de Sales, the Spanish Jesuit missionary who stayed in Monselice in 1537 on the eve of departure on his long trip to the Far East.


On the right next to the villa is the oratory of San Giorgio, frescoed by Tommaso Sandrini and adorned with a remarkable altar-piece with inlaid marble and semi-precious stones from the Corberelli workshop. The transfer of Christian martyrs from the catacombs in Rome starting in 1651 enhanced the holiness of the oratory.


Returning to the "old cathedral" and descending along Vicolo Scalone, you reach the Chiesa di San Martino (St Martin's Church), the center of this neighborhood of the same name. It was built in the 1700s on the original church dating from the 10th century.


Continuing along Via Garibaldi, you reach the Convento di San Giacomo (St James Monastery), built in 1162 as a hospital for the poor and pilgrims, later transformed into a Benedictine monastery and, starting in 1677, home of a community of the Franciscan Order of Little Brothers. It houses a small but interesting missionary museum with exhibits taken from missions in the Far East. The church (below) has an excellent cycle of works by Flemish painter Michele Desubleo as well as works by Jacopo Palma the Younger and Gianbattista Maganza.


Villas along the Bisatto Canal.

Starting in the 16th century, along major river tributaries between Venice and its inland territory, the Venetian noble families built sumptuous country homes. Dating from this period are also the Monselice villas along the Bisatto Canal that flows from Padua to Este, passing through Monselice.

Near the Grola Bridge is the Villa Contarini with its expansive 18th century façade, typical of the Venetian architectural style.


Taking the left bank of the canal north, you reach Villa Pisani (16th century) in Palladian style.


Also on the left of the canal, but much further north at Rivella is Villa Emo that recalls the best of Palladian architecture, especially in its imposing front pillars and geometric layout of its extensive Italian-style garden. It was designed and built in 1588 by Vincenzo Scamozzi.


About sports in Monselice: cycling, football, swimming.




Veneto Region, Italy north-east: unique experience & art everywhere.

The place for your holiday ..!

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A printed publication available for free at Tourist Information Offices:

"Padova Today" made a selection of the main events, happenings, monuments, museums, things to see and do. The tourist information offices can give you all the help you need to make your visit to Padova and its province a memorable one. Other details at this link



MONSELICE ETNOFILMfest 2-5 June 2016

Free entrance (next edition on June 2017)




Free entrance (next edition on July 2017)


MONSELICE "1915-1918 La Grande Guerra vista dal mare, dal cielo e da terra" 22 April - 22 May 2016: Exhibition of memorabilia and documents of the Great War, at Villa Pisani (here below), with free entrance.




Major events at Monselice:

Fiera dei Santi (Fair of All Saints) 1-2 November. An event held at the beginning of November whose roots date back centuries to the Middle Ages. It includes the Amusement Park in the fairgrounds, the agricultural market and a vast market that occupies all the streets and squares of the old town center.

All over the year:

A lively market is held every monday in the town's main street.

On May 2017:

Rocca in Fiore (Citadel in Bloom): third Sunday. Major exhibition and fair of professional flower-arrangers and floral arrangements. Free guided tours.

On September 2017:

Historical Reenactment of medieval times. In the morning spectacular parade with over a thousand people in costume through the streets. In the afternoon at the park Buzzaccarini Quintana race. Started in recent years, the "Palio di Monselice" tournament has become a primary attraction.


The nearest airport is Venice (VCE), 60 kilometres away.

Monselice is well connected to the major towns of Padua, Venice, Florence, and Mantua.

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Postage stamps are art & culture ..!

Why should young people care about stamps ..? Education, adventure, fun, passion, etc..

CAN YOU HELP ..?  Wanted used postage stamps for philately promotion to kids (stamp collecting offers a world of interest). All kinds, in duplicates, on paper, are welcome. This is a permanent appeal, so stamps can be sent at any time of the year. When you receive a letter or postcard please collect the stamps. Your support at my project is essential. Thank you. Ask gift-offer or visit the blog at

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Suggestions to stamp collecting.

How do you start collecting postage stamps? Where to get used stamps from?

It's easy. You can save the stamps from the envelopes & postcards that comes to your place. You can ask your friends and relatives to save the stamps from their mail for you. The one thing I must ask is if stamps could be left on the envelope and cut off leaving about two cm of paper surrounding the stamp, to prevent damage. Trim the excess from around the stamp, but be careful not to cut the stamp. Never pull the stamps from the paper. Thank you.


About me

Hi, greetings, and welcome to my blog. Let me introduce about myself. My name is Roberto Bortolotto, and I live in Monselice, just south of Padova, Italy. Arts and entertainment are my passion and I especially love tourism, philately & postal history, photography, museums. I can help with whatever you need regarding my area, as public transportation, language, accomodation, lowest cost, etc.. Learn italian! In Italy, with a local italian, and for free!

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Below, Michelangelo art on 1961 italian postage stamp.

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