Wonderful art and cultural heritage
The path of your journey to the Garden Terme leads to unparalleled artistic and cultural treasures. Art and culture, as can be seen from our halls and meeting places are essential elements in the process of regenerating soul and mind. Appreciating beauty, recognizing art, and grasping its poetry are daily therapeutic exercises. Set off to discover the main attractions that can be easily reached from Montegrotto Terme and enrich your stay with new inspiration, amazement, and wonder!
Also known as Euganean Hills Palace, the Catajo Castle is a monumental building dating back to the 16th century, erected by Pio Enea I degli Obizzi, and transformed over time into a Ducal Palace, literary cenacle, and imperial residence. Let yourself be enchanted by the spectacular frescoes that adorn the interior rooms and tell the story of a noble past. Admire the extraordinary panorama of the Euganean Hills, and relax among magnolias, citrus, and ancient trees in the garden of delights.
approx. 20 minutes by bike | 15 minutes by car
Villa dei Vescovi
In Luvigliano, nestled in the idyllic hilly Paduan landscape, stands a splendid and elegant villa in which Roman classicism blends harmoniously with Renaissance elegance. Built in the 16th century at the behest of the Venetian nobleman, Cardinal and Bishop of Padua Francesco Pisani, Villa dei Vescovi fascinates visitors with its interior rooms decorated with magnificent frescoes and furnished with period furniture. You will be delighted by the natural beauty of the villa’s gardens.
approx. 22 minutes by bike | 10 minutes by car
Monumental garden of Valsanzibio – Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni Ardemani, also known as “Little Versailles”, was built in the 17th century by the Barbarigo family, one of the richest and most important Venetian families. Immerse yourself in over 100,000 m2 of greenery full of statues, fountains, streams, ponds, water features, waterfalls, and centuries-old trees, and let yourself be led towards perfection along the allegorical walk in the garden. Also noteworthy are the Boxwood Labyrinth and the Island of Rabbits.
approx. 40 minutes by bike | 20 minutes by car
Art, culture, history, gastronomy. Padua is like a treasure chest! From Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy with the Memmia Island and the famous canal lined with statues, to Palazzo Bo, home to the University of Padua and the largest Anatomical Theatre in the world, to Giotto’s spectacular frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel and the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, a combination of poetry, colours, lights, and pathos. This is the ideal destination for a day dedicated to discovery!
approx. 15 minutes by train | 25 minutes by car
Arquà Petrarca, the “Pearl of the Euganean Hills”, is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Veneto and Italy. Walking through the picturesque upper streets, called Monte Castello, you can admire numerous stately homes and immerse yourself in the timeless atmosphere of this medieval village steeped in poetry and history. Arquà Petrarca is in fact a literary pilgrimage destination thanks to the house that belonged to the famous writer and poet Francesco Petrarca. Absolutely not to be missed!
approx. 50 minutes by bike | 30 minutes by car
Why has this elegant centre been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994? Come and discover it with your own eyes! Visiting Vicenza means setting out to discover the works of Palladio, the famous Paduan architect responsible for most of the city’s Renaissance beauties. Do not miss the Palladian Basilica in Piazza dei Signori, and above all the first and oldest permanent indoor theatre of the modern era, the majestic Olympic Theatre. Immerse yourself in the Renaissance!
approx. 55 minutes by train | 45 minutes by car
A city on the water that is unique the world over, one of the most elegant and romantic in Italy. Venice is mysterious, surprising, fascinating, and thanks to its cultural, historical, artistic, and architectural treasures it has become part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy a walk through the “Calli” and “Campielli” and take cherished snapshots of the evocative views offered by St. Mark’s Square with the basilica of the same name, the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal, and Palazzo Ducale, just to name a few!
approx. 1 hour by train | 50 minutes by car
Visiting Ferrara is like plunging into a glorious past. Strolling through the streets of the so-called Renaissance Capital, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will come across unrivalled artistic and architectural masterpieces. Do not miss the ancient residence of the Dukes of Este, the Estense Castle, or the National Picture Gallery in Palazzo dei Diamanti. In May, get ready to attend the famous Palio di San Giorgio and in August to celebrate at the Ferrara Buskers Festival!
approx. 1 hour by train | 55 minutes by car
The city where Shakespeare set “Romeo and Juliet” is an unmissable stop for all lovers. The historic centre of Verona with its splendid squares, the thriving open-air market, the Roman ruins, ancient churches, and stately palaces will make you fall in love at first sight! After a romantic walk on the Ponte Scaligero, a visit to Juliet’s House and a tour of Piazza delle Erbe, an evening at the Verona Roman Arena during the opera season is a must!
approx. 2 hours by train | 1 hour 10 minutes by car
The Learned, the Fat, the Red. Bologna is this and much more. Get ready to discover the “Creative City of UNESCO Music” with an extraordinary historic and medieval centre full of clubs, shops, theatres, and masterpieces of art. Let yourself be swept up in the liveliness of Piazza Maggiore, admire the city from the top of the Asinelli Tower, stroll under the charming arcades, and of course let yourself be tempted by a nice plate of tortellini: we bet you’ll fall in love with Bologna.
approx. 1 hour 40 minutes by train | 1 hour 20 minutes by car