Nearby medieval cities for same-day visitsperfect to combine relaxation and history
From Abano Terme it is easy to reach several cities of significant historical and cultural interest. All located within 30 minutes by car, they offer a nice glimpse of the historical importance of Padua and of the province of Venice in general.
Come to the Spa and visit the area!
What do you think about organizing a short vacation at the Spa where you can relax and have some time to visit the surrounding historic cities?
If your stay includes full board + SPA and treatments, we suggest you to stay at least four days to have time to relax and visit the nearby towns.
Historical cities near Abano Terme
15km – Reachable in 20 minutes by car
In Padua in addition to the famous basilica del Santo and Chapel of Scrovegni, Giotto’s masterpiece, other must-see locations include the historical downtown with the Palazzo della Ragione, the ancient Court that today hosts the “Altinate-S. Gaetano” cultural center and the university, one of the oldest in Europe.
Padua offers many interesting places to visit, alone or with guided tours:
- Prato della Valle, the largest square in Europe
- The Padua Cathedral with its magnificent baptistery
- Plazas dei Signori, delle Erbe and della Frutta
- The extraordinary botanical garden of Padua, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Civic Museums at the Eremitani
- Zabarella Palace with its exhibitions
The city of Padua can be reached by bus in about 40 minutes with the Busitalia bus line.
20km – Reachable in 25 minutes by car
Arquà Petrarca is among one of the most beautiful villages in Italy that maintained its authentic medieval appearance. In addition to the historical center you can visit the home to Petrarca who spent the last years of his life in this pleasant town.
21km – Reachable in 26 minutes by car
Monselice is a historic town located to the the south of the Euganean Hills with a thirteenth century fortress on top of the hill overlooking the city. Seven small churches stand on the slope of the hill: pilgrims’ destination where it was possible to obtain the same indulgence that was bestowed to those who visited the seven major basilicas of Rome.
In its historic center, we recommend to those who love visiting ancient buildings a stop at the ancient Monselice castle with museum and a vast collection of original armors and weapons.
29km – Reachable in 40 minutes by car
Este is located a few kilometers from Monselice, another historical town, which preserves the walls of the Carrarese castle and the Atestino National Museum dedicated to the Paleo-Venetian and Roman age in this area.