Arquà Petrarca is also known as the “pearl of the Euganean Hills”: this elegant little village, with its old-fashioned appearance, has succeeded in preserving its charm and quietness, which once won over Petrarch, after whom it is named. In fact, the poet is buried here in the church of Santa Maria Assunta. It is well worth visiting Palazzo Contarini, in the Venetian Gothic style, the Oratorio SS Trinità, a church dear to Petrarch, and the various villas that embellish the streets in the center. These include Villa Alessi, now used to host events and concerts, Casa Strozzi, which has become an art gallery, Villa Rova, a typical example of a 15th-century Venetian villa, and Villa Centanin, which houses a permanent exhibition of antique pianos and is used as a venue for concerts, including a classical music festival. Lastly, don’t miss out on the Casa del Petrarca, the poet’s former home and an evocative, poetic place to visit.