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Lozzo Atestino


The town's name is believed to derive, for the first part, from the Latin word "luteus" (swamp), although there are other historians that claim its origins to the Roman Family of "Lucii" or even from "Lucus" (sacred forest), while the second part was added only in the second half of the XIX century and refers to the position occupied by the village, located not far from Este (from the Latin "Ateste"). Municipality in the province of Padua, located near Mount Lozzo, is surrounded by the lush of the Euganei Hills.
Several finds attest the presence of settlements in the area since Pre-historic times. Colonized by the Romans its farmlands were divided into "centurie" and several roads and aqueducts were built. After the Fall of Rome and the subsequent invasion of the Barbarians, the area submitted a period a decay and destruction. During the period of the Lombard domination, Lozzo was subjected to Vicenza, and later to Padua. The town proved a period of stability and growth, under the domain of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, who granted it with a certain autonomy. The town became a preferred resort of the rich merchants and the Venetian nobility, who had numerous and elegant villas built here, still visible today.

- the Archpriest Church, in neo-Classical style, was built on the ruins of an earlier structure built in the XIII century. It features a single nave plan and a semicircular colonnade, in the apse. In the XX century it was embellished by the addition of a porch anticipated by a two flight staircase. The building is flanked by a massive octagonal Bell Tower, 45 meters high and entirely built in stone;
- the old Church of Valbona, once a chapel privately owned by the Venetian noble Family Lando, which today is seat of the Auditorium;
- the Church of the Redeemer, in the hamlet of Chiavicone, which is a rural church built in 1795;
- the Castle of Valbona, an imposing rectangular shaped fortress, built in the early XIII century, was contended between the Lords of Padua, Verona and Vicenza and finally ended damaged more than one time during the clashes between these rivals. Today it houses a famous restaurant;
- the XVIII century Villa Lando Correr, with its barns, stables and gardens.


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