Ma Kettle and I were at the bus stop in Abano when we were told about the parade of Venetian costumes held each year at this time. We had been to Carnivale in Venice this year already, and the sights and excitement had gotten into our blood, so to be able to see more, but without the Venice crowds, was most appealing.
Fortunately, Padova, our present home, was just half an hour away, so returning the next day was very easy to do.
Well worth the trip back. The parade runs twice, the first time on Sunday morning (of course, we arrived just as the crowd was dispersing), and the second parade started at 2:30 in the afternoon. Lots of milling around prior to the start, but that allowed us time to examine the costumes up close, and plan our pictures.
The parade was over two hours in duration, with so many varying themes, which made it so interesting. I'll follow up with additional pages, which will show you the fantastic detail on these wonderful costumes.
One entry which intrigued me, and the one I have no picture of, showcased young teens dancing to various music of the 'newer' oldies songs. How these kids kept this up for so many hours, only goes to show how youth uses up all their energy when young, leaving so little left as we get older.
This has got to be my favourite.... I wish I could tell you more but, no programs were to be found anywhere. It is almost as if the spectators knew what each costume represented, and who was from where.
Prior to the parade starting, a young fellow handed out pamphlets to those fortunate to secure a spot on the sidelines, and I assumed that these brochures would describe the parade and costumes in greater detail, however, it turned out to be an advertisement for mud packs at one of the local spas. Could'a been worse, could have been for a two for one deal on pizza that I would not have been able to redeem.
Strange, having said that, I must admit I have never seen one of those offers since I've been in Italy.
Now this fellow stole the show. He played to the audience, made eye contact with people who had cameras, and did a quick pose for us.
Immediately the tempo increased, the audience was included in the parade, we were a part of it now, no longer just spectators. His expressions were priceless...well done.
Hiking at its best, I guess, because Ma Kettle and I normally don't do it. This was good fun, a trifle difficult for those not used to doing it, but highly recommended by us.(after the fact)
The sights from the top are worth every litre of moisture you lose.
Pick up a copy of 'PATHS IN THE EUGANEAN HILLS' available from the Padova Tourist Information office at the train station. No charge, and it's available in English. This booklet gives all the info you need, including driving directions, as well as hiking directions.
Ma Kettle did her normal 'disappearing trick' just as the parade started. One moment she was beside me, the next two hours she wasn't.
I have gotten used to this over the years, so I hold on to the return tickets...just in case.
I finally found her, just as the parade was coming to an end. Can you spot her...??(dead centre)
This is the place where I go for a day trip....it's a big thermal center where u can find what u want....2 swimingpool and jacuzzi inside, 2 swimingpool outside and a jacuzzi big pool, all with hot thermal water...so u can swim outside during the winter too!
There are a lot of thermal facilitations for u, from water gym to thermal treatements...
Unfortunately the web site is only in Italian, but u can have a look of the palce.
Enjoy your stay!
to have a good idea of what Abano can offer u u can go to this web site:Abano
Her u can find all the info on the main hotel and spa, all u can do in the city and in the neighboroud.
Enjoy your stay!
The Chiesa del Sacro Cuore (Holy Heart Church) was the only monument my mum and I could find during our walk in Abano, even if there is more to see, according to the website of the municipality.
It was built in the 1950s following a project by Giulio Brunetta. It houses a beautiful Crucifix, a mosaic and other pieces of art.
Today, it's Abano's most important worship place.