Optional Tours – Abano Terme Spa

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Below is a sampling of tours that may be available during your stay.




VENICE $115 per person
Full Day – 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Departures:  Wednesdays  —  April to October and Dec. 27
Having arrived in Venice by bus, we will depart from Piazzale Tronchetto on a private motor boat along the panoramic Canale della Giudecca, with its many historical buildings such as the Stucky Mill, on the Giudecca Isle, and the two Palladian Basilicas of the Saviour of San Giorgio Maggiore. We will then approach the old town centre, on the Bank of the Schiavoni, a short distance from Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city; this will be the departure point for a guided tour that will first take us to admire the architectural masterpieces of Piazza San Marco, with a visit inside the Basilica of San Marco, and then continue through the characteristic Venetian calli, on the trail of the most beautiful corners of Venice, until our journey ends at the majestic Rialto Bridge, the most ancient of the four bridges on the Grand Canal.  You will have free time for shopping or more sightseeing at the end of the tour.

VICENZA — $85 Per Person
Half Day1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 18, Apr. 01, May 13, May 27, June 17, Sept. 09,  Oct. 07, Nov. 04, Dec. 27
On board a comfortable coach, we will reach Vicenza, known as the city of gold, due to its many goldsmiths’ workshops, but especially famous as the birthplace of Andrea Palladio, thanks to the masterpieces created here by the most famous architect of the Italian Renaissance.  Along the Riviera Berica, shortly before entering the city, we can admire an unequalled work of art by Andrea Palladio, Villa Capra Valmarana, also known as La Rotonda due to the shape of its dome, which makes it resemble a temple rather than a villa.  Our guided tour of the old town centre will begin with the Olympic Theatre, the first indoor theatre in the western world: designed by Palladio for the Olympic Academy, of which he was a member, it was built after his death by Francesco Scamozzi. We will then proceed in the direction of the nearby temple of Santa Corona, which contains paintings by Vincenzo Bellini and Paolo Veronese. Having crossed contra’ Porti, characterised by the presence of the most elegant Palladian buildings, we will conclude our guided tour in the central Piazza dei Signori, where we can see two works of art designed by the famous architect: the Basilica Palladiana and the Loggia del Capitaniato. At the end of the guided tour you will have free time for shopping or more sightseeing.

VERONA $80 Per Person
Half Day – 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Departures:  Mar. 25, April 15, May 20, June 10, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 11,  Dec. 28

PADUA — $85 Per Person
Half Day – 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Departures:  Mar. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 08, Apr. 16, May 07, June 24, July 16, Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Dec. 23
After a brief trip on the bus, we will reach the city of Padua, where our guided tour will begin in
Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe, decorated by statues of famous characters of city life, including Francesco Petrarch and Galileo Galilei; the ancient Basilica of Santa Giustina overlooks the piazza.  From there we will continue towards the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, the destination of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world; work to build the Basilica began in 1231, immediately after the death of the Saint, whose mortal remains are preserved inside the building.  Narrow colonnaded streets take us to the old town center where we immediately come across the Palazzo del Bo, the Headquarters of the ancient Paduan University; opposite this is the famous Caffè Pedrocchi, located in a neoclassical building created in 1831 based on a design by Giuseppe Jappelli. In the past and up until the present day, it has been a popular meeting place for scholars and students in the area.  A short distance away, we find the medieval Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, separated by the majestic lofty form of the 13th century Palazzo della Ragione, formerly the headquarters of the city courts. Here our guided tour comes to an end, and you will have some free time for shopping or more sightseeing.

Half Day – 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Departures:  April 29, May 06, June 03, July 15, August 05, August 26, Sept. 02
This panoramic guided tour, on board a comfortable bus, will offer visitors the possibility of admiring the unique lush scenery of the Euganean Hills. From Abano Terme, we will travel through the Torreglia, which gets its name from the many towers that still stand tall there following the fall of the Roman Empire, reaching Galzignano and then Valsanzibio, where the bus will stop for a few minutes to let you admire the splendid gateway of Villa Barbarigo, a prime example of the Baroque gardens present in Italy. The tour will continue in the direction of Arquà Petrarca, one of the most beautiful medieval hamlets in Italy, where the poet Francesco Petrarch decided to spend the last years of his life, dying there in 1374. After a visit to the poet’s home, we will reach the town of Praglia, located at the foot of the hills, where the ancient Benedictine Abbey stands, the oldest part of which dates back to the end of the 11th century. When entering the Abbey, still now inhabited by around 40 monks, visitors will also have the possibility of buying the local products: honey, wine, herbal infusions and creams made with natural products. The excursion will end with wine tasting as well as sampling of typical products from the Euganean Hills at a local wine cellar.

Half Day  – 1:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Departures:  Mar. 14, Mar. 28,  April 11, May 02, May 16, May 30, July 11, Nov. 14, Dec. 29


Dates and/or itinerary may be changed as necessary. 


Other services and tours are also available on request.
Prices are per person and are valid only if tours are purchased and prepaid in the U.S. at least five days prior to departure.
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