Abano Terme, quickly reachable from the center of Padua, offers you a relaxing itinerary, but not only.
Abano Terme is today one of the most famous spa resorts in Europe thanks to its enormous accommodation potential, which is based on a considerable number of hotels all equipped with a spa treatment department. The waters deriving from the rains and the melting of the snows in the Alps penetrate the subsoil through fractures present in the rocks and descend deep, where they reach high temperatures capable of dissolving the salts present in the rocks. This is how the renowned thermal water of Abano was born, famous all over the world for its beneficial properties. Every year thousands of tourists come to the city specifically to benefit from the mud and thermal baths, to treat specific ailments or simply to treat yourself to a break in the name of well-being and personal care.
Before going to the spa you can dedicate yourself to visiting the city. Abano is divided into two centers: one historic ( Abano Vecchia or Abano Centro ) and the other purely touristic ( Abano Nuova ). The historic center developed around the Cathedral of San Lorenzo , whose bell tower was built in two different periods: the base is from 900 AD while the upper part is from 1315. The interior preserves several works of art of considerable value: some of Pitocchetto, and other works by Pietro Della Vecchia, Amleto Sartori, JK Henrici, Mario Pinton, Luigi Strazzabosco, Giorgio Scalco, Enrico Ghiro, Aristide Ghiro and Imerio Trevisan. Next to the Duomo is the monumental "Piazza del Sole e della Pace"(or Piazza della Meridiana), built on the area of the demolished and historic Menegolli Spa. Along the Viale delle Terme , now incorporated in the property of the Hotel Terme Patria (number 56), the house of the Fascio of Abano Terme is visible , built between 1934 and 1935, a youthful work by the architect Daniele Calabi.
The city center is characterized by a large pedestrian area overlooked by ancient and modern buildings, large hotels with their well-kept gardens, shops and clubs, and among the various historical-monumental testimonies it also contains one of the most important testimonies of the thermal baths of Aponus , the Colle del Montirone. The importance that the place had in antiquity is documented by the quotations of numerous Latin writers, including Pliny the Elder, Marziale, Tito Livio, Cassiodoro, and others, with the denomination of "Aquae Patavinorum". Abano became a Roman municipality and the local nobility, in imitation of what happened in Rome, gave great importance to spa treatments, developing their activity and related infrastructures.
In the municipal area there are numerous patrician villas, most of which are privately owned: Villa Rigoni Savioli , built in 1557 by Nicolò Malipiero in Palladian style, with frescoes attributed to Giovanni Battista Zelotti but today in a state of neglect; Villa Bassi Rathgeb with frescoes attributed to Buttafogo and Antonio Vassilacchi known as Aliense; Villa Mocenigo Mainardi; Villa Seven ; Villa Treves de 'Bonfili ; Villa Colpi(formerly from Vecchia Carminati) Villa Adele (today Hotel Terme "Regina Villa Adele"); Villa Bugia (now owned by the Municipality of Abano Terme); Villa Bembiana formerly Scalfo (in the small hamlet of Monterosso); Villa Trevisan Savioli (now home to the "Amleto e Donato Sartori" International Mask Museum); Villa Foscolo, in the Feriole hamlet and more.
In the tourist part of Abano, built in the area of the first springs, there is the Pinacoteca del Montirone , where you can admire a good part of the Bassi Collection, with works by artists of the Venetian eighteenth century.