Taking Venice cures

Most visitors to Venice come seeking canals, fine films and Bellinis. But few stay long enough to explore the outlying areas, which is home to some of Italy’s most famous mud. It sounds better when it’s called fango, which since ancient times has been said to benefit arthritis, inflammation and nearly everything else.

The key concept is that the fango is matured … like a fine wine. The Padua area, in fact, is the largest spa complex in the world. Over 100 hotels in the spa town of Abano Therme offer access to thermal springs, and the fango facials are rich in minerals and organic substances for the skin.

If acres of hot, mineral-laden water leaves you cold, the area also has three golf courses and opportunities for nature walks in the nearby Euganian Hills.

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria

This traditional-style hotel is located on parklike grounds, and in addition to the usual complement of four hot and cold indoor and outdoor pools, features a natural grotto and sauna.

Phone: 39-49-866-9101, fax: 39-49-866-9779

Grand Hotel Terme Abano

The newest hotel in Terme Abano has an indoor pool that connects to its two outdoor pools. Water aerobics and underwater massage are just a few of the options, as well as cellulite and scalp treatments.

Phone: 39-49-824-8100, fax: 39-49-866-9994

Metropole Terme

From ozonized thermal baths and inhalation to aerosol therapy and presso therapy, the Metropole offers a large menu of spa services. This modern-style hotel holds an area-best five swimming pools.

Phone: 39-49-861-9100; fax: 39-49-860-0935

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria

Phone: (39-049) 866-9101, fax: (39-049) 866-9779

Grand Hotel Terme Abano

Phone: (39-049) 824-8100, fax: (39-049) 866-9994

Metropole Terme

Phone: (39-049) 861-9100; fax: (39-049) 860-0935

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