Venda Amphitheater: a stage in the Euganean Hills Park
In 2013, just above our highest and most panoramic vineyards at the edge of the woods of Mount Venda, we set up this natural theater.
The Venda Amphitheater was an idea by Franco Zanovello who saw in a landslide front formation the opportunity to create a space to host shows, concerts and events.
Just above our vineyards, one of the many springs originating in the Euganean Hills continuously caused landslides, making cultivation of the underlaying land impossible. Hence, the desire to maintain the green space and to make it safely accessible provided a new opportunity of creating a meeting place in the heart of Euganean Hills.
We therefore tamed and channelled the spring, defining a space that for its geological conformation lent itself to the creation of a natural amphitheater. The facilities are minimal, with sittting space on the grass in front of a large larch stage, a small wooden cabin acting as reception and wine serving station, equippped with basic hygenic services.
A wide panorama opens before you, inviting your eyes to wander from the nearby Hermitage of Monte Rua to the Lagoon of Venice or to the first Apennines mountain ranges. Surrounded by trees and vineyards, before every show you will be greeted by the singing of crickets and the sounds of the forest.
Our intent is variegated: we wanted to create a stage for environmental education, to enhance the Euganean cultural scene and enhance communication among the different entities within the Park. We hope to bring more and more people from neighboring cities and regions to discover the beauty of our Hills and the Faedo Valley, hosting here events, activities and shows.
The entire program is published on a dedicate website: www.anfiteatrodelvenda.it
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How to reach the Venda Amphiteater
The theatre is located in Via Sottovenda, between Galzignano Terme and Cinto Euganeo.
To reach the theatre from Galzignano Terme, follow the signs for Cinto Euganeo. You’ll go up hill trough Via Cengolina.
Once you arrive at the pass, turn right in Via Roccolo and follow the signs for “Casa Marina”.
Continue straight on Via Roccolo for about 1 kilometer, than turn left in Via Sottovenda, still following the signs for Casa Marina (Casa Marina is the main hostel of Parco Colli Euganei, suitable if you want to spend the night very close to the theatre – dorms only).
Keep going on Via Sottovenda and you will easily spot Casa Marina on your left. The theatre entrance is a two hundred meters after the hostel, 5 minutes by feet, you can park along the way. Otherwise, you can reach a little parking area located at the end of the road.
Please pay attention to the fact that once you pass Casa Marina the road becomes one way only, and if you need to go back you’re forced to make a detour through via Pedevenda → via San Pietro → via Sottovenda again.