Abano Terme

The city that "takes away pain" with its precious healing waters.


The name Abano contains an obvious reference to water due to the Indo-European root "ap" and in association with the god Aponus, tutelary deity of the hot springs in the early Venetian and Roman Age The name of the city comes from Aponus, which means "who takes away pain".

AbanoTERME lies at the foot of the Euganean Hills formed about 34 million years ago following floods of the Po Valley and submarine volcanism. The territory is characterized by the presence of thermal-mineral springs that have been famous since antiquity.

Abano Terme is an Italian municipality with a population of about 20,000 in the province of Padua in Veneto.
Situated along the northeastern edge of the Euganean hills, it is the main centre of the Euganean Spas. It lies in an extinct volcanic zone in the Padua metropolitan area, 10 km southwest of the capital at an average altitude of 14 metres above sea level. Its inhabitants are called aponensi.

THINGS TO SEE:

Colle del Montirone

This small hill, once rich with natural thermal springs was particularly dear to the old inhabitants who, during Roman times, surrounded it with villas and spa facilities. The entry to the ancient spring is announced by a Corinthian colonnade from the early twentieth century and a mighty Doric column topped with a cup wrapped in the coils of a snake designed by Giuseppe Jappelli in 1825 for the passage of Emperor Francis I of Austria.

Pietro d'Abano

Between the green of the gardens in the pedestrian area is the statue of Pietro d'Abano. Born in 1257, Pietro, son of Costanzo a notary, stayed for a long time in Constantinople. He studied at the University of Padua and become the greatest Italian scientist of the fourteenth century as well as an alchemist. He taught medicine, philosophy, and astrology. This interdisciplinary approach aroused the suspicions of the Inquisition that accused him of necromancy and heresy and in 1316

The Duomo di San Lorenzo

The Duomo di San Lorenzo is the primary religious building in the city centre. Its foundation dates back to the second half of the tenth century but its current form dates back to the eighteenth century and is the work of architect Domenico Cerato. It houses seventeenth-century sculptures. The bell tower dates back to 1314 and the base can be dated back to around the tenth century.


Parco Urbano Termale

A jewel of modern architecture designed by one of the most important and historic architects, Paolo Portoghesi. The sprawling complex, which blends harmoniously into the urban and architectural context of the spa city, is designed as one big continuous lawn, crossed by paved and bike paths, planted with tall plants and tall trees arranged along the main avenue.


Amleto and Donato Sartori International Mask Museum

The only museum of its kind that combines the prestigious works of Amleto Sartori and his son Donato, an artist of international fame, who created masks for the Commedia dell'Arte and for the theatre in general.


Villas and Parks

Beautiful noble villas built mainly between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries embellish the city centre and the surrounding green hills. Villa Savioli, Villa Bassi Rathgeb, Villa Rigoni Savioli, Villa Mocenigo Mainardi, Villa Bembiana.


Sanctuaries and Monasteries

At Monteortone, a community in Abano Terme, you will find the Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Health. The church was built in the fifteenth century in the spot where, in 1428, soldier Pietro Falco received a miracle and was healed of the plague after finding an image of the Virgin in a small cave and then bathing in the water from a fountain at the foot of the Monteortone hill. The Latin cross church with three naves and apses and fifteenth century bell tower, still keeps




The history:

Abano Thermal spas constitute the biggest and most ancient thermal establishment in Europe.



The legend:

The legend says that Jupiter struck Phaeton, son of the Sun, with a thunderbolt because he lost control of the Sun god’s chariot while he was driving it across the sky. According to the legend, the waters of Abano became warm when Phaeton fell from the chariot and plunged into the waters.
According to Roman tradition, the waters were dedicated to a female divinity, probably a healing goddess, the lady of nature, the goddess that determines the flow of life. The name handed down to us from the inscriptions is Retia.


The history:

Abano Thermal spas constitute the biggest and most ancient thermal establishment in Europe.
Archaeological excavations show that the area was inhabited by Paleovenitian populations. The Imperial Era was a period of great splendour for Abano.
The spread of Christianity caused the decadence of the Abano Thermae, since the curative virtues of the waters were connected with the cult of the gods.
The thermal establishments were reopened during the predominance of the Republic of Venice



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