always loves discovering new and different pampering
spas anywhere in the world. This year, via a
tourism event called "Veneto for You, 2003,"
I got my first hint of an elegant, Italian wellness
center tucked away in northeastern Italy. I
Venice, the aim of "Veneto for You"
was to enlighten attendees about a thriving
tourism region that includes such well-known
attractions as Venice, Verona, Padua, the green
Euganean Hills, the hot springs of Abano and
Cortina d'Ampezzo. I was especially interested
with what I learned about Abano Terme, a nearby
spa town within the Veneto region. After the
workshop I set out on my own to experience first-hand
one of the town's highlights -- The 5-star Grand
Hotel Trieste and Victoria. I was
very well rewarded for my curiosity.
bathed here 2000 years ago...
a lovely little unspoiled Italian destination
where the major industry is based on mud therapy;
a spot that's mecca for savvy Europeans and informed
North Americans looking for a restorative spa
holiday. Now picture a community with lots of
green spaces, one that hasn't become overly touristy
but moves first and foremost to the rhythm of
its older population. Welcome to Abano Terme,
a spa resort where 2,000 years ago the Romans
came for their recuperative baths and where, today,
ancient thermal springs containing an abundance
of healing minerals still abound.
Location, location, location...
best way to describe Hotel
Trieste and Victoria's tourist-friendly
location is by explaining that it's a mere forty
minutes by train from Venice and closer still
to the town of Verona, home of Shakespeare's
Romeo and Juliet. How perfect! A stay at this
resort spa hotel could serve so many different
purposes. I found the possibilities a joy to
begin, Hotel Trieste and Victoria could become
a perfectly restful haven after a hectic hustle-bustle
holiday in Venice. In this case you'd never
need to leave the spa's restful premises; you'd
be content to loll about and be pampered like
the regal JourneyQueen that you are.
you a golfer looking for new challenges and
vistas? Just check with the spa's concierge
and you'll be pointed in the right direction.
Some of the best golf courses in Italy are located
very close by.
a JourneyWoman could use this spa hotel as her
laid-back headquarters for sightseeing in the
Veneto region. How fabulous! Health and beauty
treatments in the early morning then, armed
with a picnic lunch from Hotel
Trieste and Victoria, one hops a train
or bus to explore either Venice, Verona or the
university town of Padua. With good planning
you could easily make it back to the spa in
time for a healthy and delicious, beautifully
served, dinner. That's exactly what many hotel
guests did each day and it worked perfectly
Trieste and Victoria is an historic
site dating back to 1913 and now completely
and lovingly restored. Think old world charm,
elegance and sophistication. Imagine Venetian
glass chandeliers, woven carpets, antiques and
works of art in the lobby and guest room corridors.
With service that is always extremely polite
as well as helpful, it is "oh-so-easy"
for a woman to relax in these nurturing surroundings.
(each with their own balconies), are beautifully
appointed - never ostentatious - but with a
flair that continually reminds you that you're,
indeed, in Europe. My room faced the town's
pedestrian promenade which was a lovely bonus.
I so enjoyed sitting out in the warm evening
air watching folks below delighting in their
evening stroll, visiting the gelateria a short
mornings were absolutely still. Heavy drapes
shut out all sound and light and 7:00 a.m. vacuuming
by over-zealous staff was unheard of. In fact,
I needed a wake-up call in order not to sleep
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