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The territory

The village

Sant'Ambrogio is part of the larger town of Trebaseleghe which is situated between the Venetian coastal line and the line of the karst springs, an alluvial area between the rivers Brenta and Piave.
The area is very rich in karst springs, which favours the formation and the maintenance of delightful views of natural beauty. The area is crossed by numerous channels and creeks such as the Rio Storto, the Dese river, the small rivers Corniana and Trego and by many others watercourses, called in the Venetian dialect "pioveghe" (public waters), like the Piovega dei Tre Comuni (Piovega of the three towns).
From the administrative point of view the village is situated in the north-eastern part of the Province of Padua, on the boarder with the provinces of Venice and Treviso and in a central position between the regions of Veneto, Friuli- Venezia Giulia and Trentino.

Nature and rural culture

In Sant'Ambrogio there are many small roads which from the main streets penetrate into the fields and in proximity of the watercourses they offer stunning views to the visitors in a haven of peace within the silent natural environment.
Amongst the "must see" places on account of their beauty the "Molino Zanini" (Zanini mill) on the peaceful and naturally suggestive banks of the river Dese is worth mentioning. Another "must see" place is via Prati: the meadows in Sant'Ambrogio encircled on the east and on the south by the river Dese offer beautiful blooming of spontaneous flowers, especially in the spring.
A characteristic view for the visitor coming to Sant'Ambrogio is made by the meadows called "Sorgenti Nuove" around the church and "Sorgenti Vecchie" more to the south. In the last decades these areas have been subjected to the digging of artesian aquifers and some of them have become the spot for leisure activities while others still maintain interesting and typical floral and faunal aspects.

The surroundings

Some charming places to visit are:
(5km) Noale, with the medieval "Rocca dei Tempesta" in the middle of the well-kept town park and the "Torre Civica" (civic tower) recently restored as well as the two squares surrounded by old palaces in Venetian gothic style.
(3km) Badoere (in the town of Morgano) with the "Rotonda" from the 17th century, a barchessa in which a well visited flee-market is held every first Sunday of the month.
(3km) Rio San Martino (in the town of Scorzé) where the "Feast of the radicchio rosso of Treviso" is held every year on the 11th November.
(8 km) Casacorba (in the town of Vedelago) with the springs of the river Sile included in the park with the same name. The river Sile is the longest resurgent spring river of Europe.
(3km) Villa Marcello in Levada (in the town of Piombino Dese): the magnificent façade of Villa Marcello, which was built in the 16th century by Andrea Marcello, a Venetian noble man as his hunting hut, has been successively substituted by the current main body to which the two lateral barchessas have been lately added. The structure of the villa was rearranged in the 18th century when also the stuccoes and frescoes in the internal environments were added.
(3km) Trebaseleghe: above its many services it offers charming natural corners like the "Parco Draganziolo" for relaxing walks not far from the town centre. Worth mentioning is also the millenary "Fiera dei Mussi" (The Mules' Fair), which is held every year on the 7th of September.
(1,5 km) Ostiglia cycling path: the old military railway "Ostiglia" has been abandoned for decades after the Allies bombed it during the second World War. Since some years it has been transformed in a cycling path with the recovery of a great part of the old railway which went from Treviso to Ostiglia (in the province of Mantova). If you follow the path toward Treviso, surrounded by spontaneous hedges you arrive in Santa Cristina di Quinto di Treviso and thereafter to "Oasi di Cervara". Cervara is an old mill surrounded by a marshland around the river Sile, all of it part of the Natural Park of the river Sile