A day in Piove di Sacco, between Casoni and beautiful churches

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The area of Campagna Lupia, the lush and evocative land where our Hotel Antica Corte Marchesini is located, is full of attractions of different nature. If you are thinking of planning a stay in our historic home, we are happy to suggest some curious destinations.

Depending on whether you are a lover of culture, art, or nature, Piove di Sacco has many beautiful places to discover. So now, before you book with us, you just have to immerse yourself in reading!

Piove di Sacco, capital of Saccisica

A few kilometers from the Hotel Antica Corte Marchesini, precisely 13 minutes by car, is the small Piove di Sacco, capital of Saccisica. Halfway between Padua and Chioggia, in addition to the city center has four hamlets: Corte, Arzerello, Piovega and Tognana.

Land of popular events and events, its charm dates back to 1300, when the lords of Padua, the so-called Carraresi, settled there and, in addition to completing the fortifications with the construction of towers at the gates, they built some of the most important buildings in the country.

Walking through Piove di Sacco, between nature, art, and architecture

Among the scenic and architectural beauties still well preserved, in Piove di Sacco you will have a lot to visit. If it is the open air you are looking for, then we suggest two alternative stages: the Bosco di Pianura, for a nice walk in the green, or the Bosco di via Breo, where a saliceto occupies almost the entire area.

If you prefer some architectural and cultural destinations, you can’t miss the Torre Carrarese that towers over the village. Symbol of the city, when you hold the Mercatino dei Portici offers the opportunity to climb to the top of the bell tower to admire the panorama of the historic center and surrounding areas. You should know that the tower was built by Francesco da Carrara around 1360 as keep of the Castle. On the side facing the square, there are some bas-reliefs, including the one depicting San Martino who gives the mantle to the poor, the Lion of San Marco (symbol of the Venetian government), and the coat of arms of one of the last Podestà.

On these hot summer days, you may want and need to take a break from the sun. Here then that a visit to the inside falls to brush! At the Paradiso Museum, inside the Duomo, you will find altarpieces, furnishings, sacred furnishings, and polyptychs, works of great value that tell a territory, recover pieces of history and help to relive sites only partially survived the time. After the visit, we invite you to stroll through the historic center, maybe enjoying a good creamy ice cream, and admire some historic buildings. Along the way, you will meet…

  • the Teatro Filarmonico, with the facade painted in pink and decorated with stucco and marble and soft stone mirrors;
  • Palazzo Contarini Zorzi, with large portals crowned by ashlars, the manor house, and eighteenth-century rooms perfect for organizing elegant receptions;
  • Palazzo Jappelli, where there are gems of immeasurable beauty such as the Hall of the Pomegranates and a fourteenth-century wooden Crucifix found in the civic tower.

But let’s move on to the beautiful Churches and the ancient Casoni di Piove di Sacco, to complete your excursion based on beauty!

Churches in the capital of Saccisica

For a real immersion in the sacred places of Piove di Sacco, we suggest you first visit its Duomo, dedicated to San Martino. From the fifteenth century onwards, the archpriest church has undergone various changes, up to the current aspect of a radical renewal of the last century.

Do you know that inside it there are works of inestimable value such as the altarpiece by Tiepolo? Trust us, it is worth a visit!

Next to the Cathedral, there is what the locals call affectionately “the Church”: it is the Church of Santa Maria dei Penitenti, one of the oldest of Piove di Sacco. Immersed in the square of the same name, its structure has been reviewed several times over time but preserves its original charm.

The Church of San Paterniano in Tognana is instead a small jewel with harmonious architectural proportions with exposed bricks, outside, and

slender and elegant columns with marble capitals decorated with engravings, inside. For a break to the taste of serenity and spirituality, it is precisely to this small parish that you should go.

Finally, there is one last church that we invite you to visit: intimate, essential and family atmosphere, Santa Maria delle Righe in the hamlet of Corte is ready to welcome you. With a single nave with a gabled roof, it dates back to the year 823 and is characterized by a rose window and a triangular bell tower. The church is still an object of particular devotion: every year, precisely on 24 September, a procession commemorates the “vow of Righe” to thank the Virgin who, in 1839, freed the inhabitants of these areas from the cholera epidemic.

Casoni di Piove di Sacco, symbol of history and bond with the earth

The Casoni, ancient houses of agriculture, are always a fascinating place. An example is the Casone Ramei called “Casone Bianco”, built by the Zecchin family and currently hosts the Museum of popular culture and peasant civilization.

It consists of two buildings: the main is the old two-storey house, (where in the kitchen there is the characteristic fireplace “la cavarzerana”) which was flanked during the Second World War by a second body to accommodate the extended family; the second structure once housed the cellars and the tool shed, while the small attic was used as a barn.

With a relaxing atmosphere, Casone Bianco is surrounded by an important green area, a park where you can relax and breathe in the summer breeze.

In addition to this, during your trip to Piove di Sacco, do not miss the Casone Rosso, rebuilt after a fire in 1993. As you will notice, the reconstruction has been done in a very accurate way, taking into account the original characteristics of the structure, respecting the peculiar features of the original typology and the materials used. The only differences are the red clay used for the restoration (once the casone was pink) and the square footage of the building, expanded at a later time.

With the peculiar small windows to manage the internal temperature and a nice thatched roof, as well as kitchen, storage room and two bedrooms, today the Casone has additional rooms, while maintaining modest dimensions. Outside the garden houses benches and other tools typical of rural and peasant life of the past for a perfect reconstruction of the past.

Now that you know all the main attractions of Piove di Sacco, you should know that the surroundings of the Hotel Antica Corte Marchesini guard many charming places to visit by bike! Do you know that you can rent it directly at our hotel?

What are you waiting for? Choose your favorite room and book your next stay in Campagna Lupia!