The name derives from the latin word arquatum or arquata (which mean arched) and it was then changed into Arquà by the Republic of Venice. In 1868 Veneto became part of the kingdom of Italy and the village's name was changed to Arquà Petrarca as an homage to the poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) who spent his later life and died here in 1374. Today the poet’s house is open to the public and also features a museum dedicated to one of the most important literary figures of all time.
This is definitely the best way to reach the village. From the A13 motorway exit at Monselice and follow directions for Arquà Petrarca, it's only 5km.
The closest station is Montegrotto Terme, around 15 minutes driving from Arquà Petrarca. Another nearby rail station is in Monselice. Once you get off the train you can take a local bus or a taxi.
On foot. The village is so small that you will need only a few hours to see everything.
There a few places where you can eat and drink local products such as wine, olive oil and chestnuts. Ziziphus is often used to prepare dishes and cakes.