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Protected Area

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  • Colli Euganei Regional Park:
    • Land Surface Area (ha): 18.694,00
    • Regions: Veneto
    • Provinces: Padova
    • Municipalities: Abano Terme, Arquà Petrarca, Baone, Battaglia Terme, Cervarese San Croce, Cinto Euganeo, Este, Galzignano Terme, Lozzo Atestino, Monselice, Montegrotto Terme, Rovolon, Teolo, Torreglia, Vò
    • Establishment Measures: LR 38 10/10/1989
    • PA Official List: EUAP0243
  • Further managed Protected Areas:
    • SIC e ZPS Colli Euganei - Monte Lozzo - Monte Ricco

 

 
View from Mt. Lozzo and part of Valcalaona

Origin and Geology

In Colli Euganei there are two main rock categories: volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Sedimentary rocks have formed in millions of years from the deposit of calcareous mud and microorganisms. Such rocks contain, in many cases, the fossilized remains of marine organisms and, through the study of the fossils (in particular of microfossils), it is possible to date the rocks.

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Rue of Padua (Haplophyllum patavinum L. G. Don fil.)

Flora

Colli Euganei house a surprising number of vegetable species.
This is given to the different origin and chemical composition of the soils, the bumpy and particular morphology of the mountains, the isolation from other mountain groups, and the various climatic events. With respect to the monotony of the plain, the area represents a complex naturalistic island, where it is possible to find plants used to hot and dry environments (thermophile), to mountain areas (microthermal), or sub-mountain areas. The following vegetable formations can be found.

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Slender Scotch Burnet (Zygaena loti)

Fauna

Despite the wildlife has been impoverishing, it is well represented. The insectivorous mammals include the hedgehog, the mole, and the shrewmouse. Among the rodents, the dormouse and hazel mouse. Carnivorous animals include the fox, the badger, the beech marten, and the weasel. The saurians of warm-dry areas include lizards and the green lizard, while in cool-wet places it is possible to find the blindworm. Snakes include the black rat snake and the aesculapian snake; the grass snake and the dice snake are also widespread.

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Hot Springs

Colli Euganei are one of the most famous Italian places for the presence of hot spring resources, representing an important tourist attraction at an international level. As far as the origins of hot springs are concerned, there is no relationship between hot springs and the volcanic phenomenon of Colli Euganei, since the latter is too ancient to represent an active source of warmth.

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