A short stay at Hotel Terme Preistoriche can offer you a variety of leisure options to combine with thermal relaxing activities: the Euganean Hills, a regional park in the heart of Veneto, are perfect for outdoor sports and rural visits, furthermore, the hotel is not far from Padua, a city which offers several destinations of cultural interest. Among these, the Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the world’s first botanical garden in the Western world, which has been recently renewed and to which has been added the Biodiversity Gardens.
This new section of the Botanical Gardens of the University of Padua houses over 1300 species of plants from every corner of the planet divided in five greenhouses representing the five continents, and is an authentic architectural masterpiece.
A unique and modern glass building, of about a hundred meters length, built to have a low environmental impact and with an energy-saving philosophy, powered by a photovoltaic system that also manages the opening and closing of the of greenhouses’ windows and the plants’ irrigation through rainwater. Furthermore, the building is studied to ensure that the internal temperature of the rooms, differentiated for each section, keeps constant.
Open to the public, the bio-diversity gardens and the botanical gardens are also a very important scientific center where modern studies and research on plants are done. The place serves also as an educational center with interactive didactic materials addressed not only to the scientific world but also to the general public: visitors may discover about the plants and the different environments in the world not only walking through a path between plants, but also through new technology appliances, such as smartphones apps and interactive and temporary exhibitions.
For information about tickets and opening times, please visit the official website; the owners of the Terme Card have a discount at the entrance.