Abano beyond therapiesFor its central location and easy access of the Veneto, Abano is the ideal starting point to reach any location in the region: the art cities of Venice, Verona, Vicenza, the starting point for your holiday to discover the beauty of the Veneto.Padua are all less than an hour’s drive away or easily reachable by train; you can visit the Venetian Villas along the Brenta Riviera by car or navigating the river on picturesque Burchiello; Euganean Hills with their breathtaking scenery, enriched with particular flora and fauna, can be reached by bike or on foot for wonderful walks. Inviting farmhouses, restaurants and inns will be the discovery of a centuries old tradition of local cuisine that will offer traditional dishes accompanied by DOC wine of our hills.
Art and Culture cities
A tale of great artistic wealth, an immense treasure; art in Veneto is everywhere a huge asset to be appreciated and loved
Venice – city of art par excellence – is dreamed in the world as a destination for a fantastic trip. Venice is the “Serenissima”, with San Marco, Ca’ d’Oro and Rialto, the Grand Canal, but also the mysterious narrow streets “calli”, the splendor of its palaces, the endless bridges that rise majestically from the field of the sea. And the characteristic islands of the lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello, famous for its glass and the traditional art of lace.
Many are the cities to discover in the Veneto region: not only the Padua of Giotto and Mantegna, the Roman and Romanesque Verona, the Treviso of Lorenzo Lotto, but also Palladio’s Vicenza, Montagnana, Este, Monselice, Arquà Petrarca, Cittadella, Asolo, Possagno, Marostica, Bassano, Soave, Peschiera, Oderzo, Concordia Sagittaria, Castelfranco Veneto…
Towards half of ‘500 most noble Venetian families chose to invest the great wealth accumulated in trade with the East in the creation of large farms to directly administer. It was then that the Cornero, Barbaro, Badoer, Emo, Grimani, Foscari, holders of economic and political power, but also great scholars of philosophy and art lovers, found their ideal interpreter in Andrea Palladio. Thus born the Venetian villa, a type of completely original and productive accommodation, which was very successful because it responded at the same time to aesthetic and functional needs..
Over three centuries, several hundred houses were built in the Veneto countryside inland and along the main watercourses, as these were then the most convenient, safe and economical route. The most famous of those is certainly the Brenta Canal, which links Venice to the city of Padua, along which, between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century, dozens of houses were built, resulting in the great urban and monumental complex known worldwide as the Brenta Riviera. The concentration of villas became so high to produce a radical transformation of the appearance of the coast, which became a kind of natural continuation of the Grand Canal in Venice.
On Brenta canal passed, even doing a real daily connection service between Venice and Padua, the Burchiello: a big, well equipped, full of comforts boat, pulled by horses or oxen on the towpaths. Along the Brenta Riviera unfolds a beautiful row of houses – one most fascinating than the other – which never seems to end: Villa Foscari “La Malcontenta”, the splendid Villa Sceriman Widmann Rezzonico Foscari, Villa Alessandri, Villa Lazara Pisani, are only some. The Riviera del Brenta culminates in Stra with the fabulous Villa Pisani, built in the first half of the ‘700 by the family of Doge Alvise Pisani.
In addition to the Riviera del Brenta, along the roads of Veneto you can often encounter other villas of unmistakable Palladian imprint. The best known of these is certainly Villa Barbaro, designed and built by Palladio in 1560 at Maser near Treviso, famous worldwide for the beautiful decorations in fresco by Paolo Veronese and which in the Secret Garden includes several sculptures by Alessandro Vittoria.
Then Villa Emo (Fanzolo of Vedelago), Villa Corner (Piombino Dese), Villa Pisani (Bagnolo of Lonigo), Villa Badoer (Polesine), Villa Sarego (Santa Sofia di Pedemonte) and the amazingly – for the genius shown by Palladio in the implementation of original solutions – and famous Villa Almerico Capra (known as “La Rotonda”), a unique example of Palladio’s full maturity art.