Since Roman times, people have sought out Abano Terme‘s healing thermal waters. This spa town’s curative reputation is summed up by its name, coming from the Greek term ‘à ponos’, which means ‘to take away pain’. The hallowed water begins its journey as rain falling on the Lessini Mountains, before flowing underground for nearly 30 years. Soaking up minerals along the way, it’s then used for everything from therapeutic pools to hotel heating.
The neighbouring city of Padua makes for a wonderful day trip
At the heart of the ancient town is a modern pedestrianised area where you can people-watch to your heart’s content and admire the many water features. During the summer months, there are concerts and dance festivals like the prestigious Abano Danza, featuring internationally renowned ballet performers. Padua, the oldest city in Northern Italy, is just a few miles away from Abano and makes for a great day trip.
When to go?
If you’re just looking to soak in the warm thermal waters, there’s no bad time to visit. To keep toasty outside the hot springs, plan a trip between May and September for the best chance to catch sunshine and regular local events.
Where to stay?
Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria
Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria – Abano Terme, Italy
This five-star hotel is all about Abano Terme’s famous healing water. Inside, you’ll find five thermal swimming pools where you can experience the ancient traditions and medicinal benefits of the water. There’s also a huge park which surrounds the hotel, and an on-site grill restaurant and bar.
Abano Grand Hotel
Abano Grand Hotel – Abano Terme, Italy
Standing in a garden of olive trees and tropical plants, the Abano Grand Hotel features an anti-aging spa and three outdoor thermal pools. Away from the pampering, there’s the ‘James Bond bar’, offering a selection of cocktails in honour of the famous spy, and an on-site restaurant open every day until midnight.
Hotel Due Torri
Hotel Due Torri – Abano Terme, Italy
Due Torri is housed in a stately home dating back to 1700 and its regal charm is still apparent today. Rooms are decorated in Venetian style and some have views over the garden or the Euganean Hills. There’s also thermal steam grottoes to make the most of the area’s purifying waters.
Hotel Terme Mioni Pezzato & Spa
Hotel Terme Mioni Pezzato & Spa – Abano Terme, Italy
Offering a wide variety of wellness treatments, Hotel Terme Mioni Pezzato provides its guests with traditional mud bath therapies and six hot spring pools with varying temperatures. Guests love the hotel’s excellent food, which ranges from a delicious buffet breakfast to homemade cuisine made with local produce.
Hotel President Terme
Hotel President Terme – Abano Terme, Italy
Hotel President Terme sits at the slopes of Montagnone Hill, just ten minutes from the charming city of Padua. Staff can arrange a variety of activities and excursions, including biking and hiking tours, golf, and fitness classes in the on-site gym. The thermal spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, hydromassage treatments and a steam cave.