One of the largest and most important spa centres in Europe, the thermal baths in Abano and Montegrotto have been renowned for the therapeutic properties of their water and mud since ancient Roman times.
Before gushing to the surface with an average temperature of 75° centigrade, the waters of the Terme Euganee take 25 years to travel 80 kilometres underground at a depth of 3,000 metres. Their journey takes them through calcareous rocks where they are enriched by precious mineral salts that make them the most effective salt-bromine-iodine therapeutic waters of all time. Their extraordinary therapeutic properties were recognized in Roman times (the acronym spa derives from the Latin word salus per aquam, health through water) and were widely enjoyed more than 2,000 years ago by the ancient populations, who settled and succeeded one another in the area. An interesting fact: the ancient Venetians venerated Aponus, the god of thermal waters and curative treatments, hence the name Abano. Although the first thermal facilities were only established in the 18th century, the area of Abano, Montegrotto, Galzignano, Battaglia and Teolo now boasts 130 facilities equipped with spas (and more than 220 swimming pools) offering balneotherapy, the immersion in thermal baths to alleviate muscular and joint pain, and improve skin conditions. Other treatments include hydrokinetic therapy, an ideal therapy for post-traumatic rehabilitation, as well as inhalation therapy and mud therapy. In addition to the curative waters of the Terme Euganee, the local vegetal-mineral mud, obtained from the mineralization of earth and clay and the formation of special microscopic algae, also contains important thermal properties.
The Terme Euganee are not only effective for healing. The water and mud are also used for wellness and beauty treatments, including detoxification and relaxing programs, anticellulite and weight-loss massages and anti- ageing masks to combat the loss of skin tone and restore elasticity. And that’s not all! Once you have completed your treatment regimen, you can take home the exclusive cosmetic of "Venetian Thermal Water", made with local thermal water of the Euganean Hills (www. aquaehotels.it).
Between treatments, those wishing to explore the surrounding areas should head to the picturesque town of Battaglia Terme, a romantic location overlooking a series of canals. Other must-visit sites while in the area include the numerous Renaissance villas surrounding Galzignano Terme and the ancient archaeological excavations of Montegrotto Terme, including the three Roman baths decorated with mosaics and marble flooring. Finally, don’t miss the Casa delle Farfalle (the House of Butterflies) in Montegrotto). This magical place is ‘inhabited’ by live species of butterflies from all over the world. The House of Butterflies is connected to the Bosco delle Fate (the Fairies Wood), an enchanted place, where each tree is associated with a fairytale or legend.