Here's the scoop:
Main Spa Towns: Abano Terme, Montegrotto Terme, Battaglia Terme/Galzignano Terme
The hotels offer numerous thermal pools in which the water temperature is regulated (so its cool in the summer) and which have various hydro-therapy jet areas. Hot tubs, of course, little individual "barrels" on the sides of the pool which offer whole body water jet massages, water "beds' with jet massages, waterfalls and fountains for neck/back water massage, or just a large area to swim or take a water aerobics class. Most, if not all, pools are indoor/outdoor which is an added bonus in the winter. There's nothing like swimming in hot water on a cold afternoon. In addition to the pools, the hotels have various spa treatments you can try, one of the most popular is the mud therapy, called Fangotherapy. This mud is particular to the area, taken from two small "lakes" at the base of the hills and aged in big tanks with the thermal water.
|Abano Terme pedestrian area|
|Catajo - Valsanzibio|
- The Euganean Hills themselves (more on that in another post)
- Montegrotto - Ruins of a Roman spa that can be toured
- Battaglia - Castello del Catajo, hosts events and offers night time ghost tours
- Galzignano - Villa Valsanzibio Garden with its hedge maze
- Numerous Venetian villas, vineyards, etc.
Other info of note:
- The towns of Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme are very close together and offer a tram that runs between them making stops at hotels, pedestrian areas, etc. - it is called the Puffetto (because its painted Smurf blue and in Italy, the Smurfs are called I Puffi)
- There is a train station in Montegrotto which is the Terme Euganee station; it is a major stop on the train routes
- These spa towns are about a 45-minute train ride from Venice and even closer from Padova
- All the hotels have room/spa packages but if you aren't staying in town, you can purchase day passes to the pools
- Always check for local events - this area has a ton of events in the towns as well as the hills