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The city of Montegrotto Terme
The hot water which flows from Montegrotto’s subsoil has been
a vital component of treatments and cures
since the ancient Roman times. The name of the city itself, which originates from
“Mons Aegrottorum” – literally “mountain of sick people” – further testifies to the essential role of the hot water in promoting well-being. The ancient populations that inhabited these areas already well understood the therapeutic properties of hot water and attributed its cause to the gods. In fact, the miniature sculptures representing parts of the human body, called “ex voto” and discovered during excavations, were none other than special offers to the gods from sick people who were healed by the waters, and which were then thrown into the lakes as a sign of recognition.
An open air museum
Right in the Montegrotto city centre, you can see the archeological area from the Roman Republican and Augustan age, that was brought to light thanks to some excavations in the first half of the 20th century. Here we have the remains of a thermal center with three tanks for immersion and the proven Roman system of canals, which was structured into channels, outfalls, and settling tanks , which is also found in other ancient Thermae discovered.
Always in this area, we can find the remains of a theatre and of a Nymphaeum, a “water place” where people rested during the otium moments, characterized by open galleries and water tanks with aquatic plants.
In spite of its prestige, Montegrotto is truly a place for all men and women. The city’s center is lively yet tiny, with a promenade surrounded by numerous shops as well as restaurants where visitors can taste food and wine.
The weekly market is on Thursday in the marketplace; with its 192 parking lots, it is one of the biggest in the area of Padova, and a tourist attraction as well.
Vintage and antiques: this market takes place on the second Sunday of every month along Viale Stazione and Via Manzoni, with about 70 stands.
Places to visit
Oratoy of the Madonna
Located in the centre of old Montegrotto, rebuilt during the 18th Century on pre-existing medieval foundations. The bell tower, dated 13th century, is thought to be derived from the tower of an ancient castle.
SS. Pietro e Paolo Cathedral Dome
It is a majestic building both for its dome and because it soars up a hill (Prebenda hill), that overlooks the whole city. It was built in the mid-1900s on the remains of a roman building. Inside it there are frescos by Armando Miglioraro and sculptures by Luigi Strazzabosco.
Butterfly Arc, near the archaeological site, is the first “live” butterfly exhibition orchestrated in Italy. The most beautiful and big specimens in the world fly uninhibited among plants and flowers in three gigantic tropical gardens: Amazonian, Indo-Australian, and African.
Pay attention to…
Montegrotto is scattered with bronze statues,
which represent both animals and people.
Therefore, you will find children statues at the
pedestrian crossings and
near the schools, as well as the
characteristic figure of the
“fanghino” that is the operator
who extracts mud from the
hotels’ maturation tanks,
concentrated in his work, in the
square in front of the rail
station, which symbolizes the
tourist-thermal vocation of the
If you walk along the pedestrian area, you will see two mural paintings on the façades of the buildings: one represents a water source, symbol of the thermal area, the second one represents the “young” life of the city.
These are the curious and multi-colored glass structures which adorn Piazza Roma, in front of the Town Hall; they are works by the artist Del Negro.
Within a stone’s throw from the center
The beauty of Montegrotto is further enhanced by the landscape of the Euganean Hills’ Regional Park, which offers numerous opportunities to discover an abundant nature, medieval villages and villas throughout the Veneto region.
Luxury villa from the 1700s, named today after its former owners and immersed in the green landscape near Mount Ceva. The Villa cannot be visited, but both the inhabitants and the tourists can go walking or running in the green of the hill and its trails.
Villa Draghi - Rustico