Abano Terme, Italy: In Easter we visited Abano Terme for a long spa weekend. In the centre of Abano Terme there is a fascinating old hotel called Grand Hotel Orologio. It is the most beautiful building in this little town, far fancier than any other building. I am sure it had a glorious past, but why it was abandoned?
This beautiful neoclassical building served once as a famous casino. You can still admire its architectural magnificence, though the facade is getting rusty and losing its paint. I found this hotel, and its garden so fascinating and interesting. I probably looked like Nancy Drew while sneaking around and trying to see closer. I would have loved to look inside, but of course there was no-one around to let me in. It is still unclear to me, why and when the hotel was closed. But it is obvious, the place has been closed for some time now.
All the information I have been able to find is a texts praising the buildings’ glory and mourning the fact that it was abandoned. I can’t find much about the hotel’s history or any pictures of the time that it was still in use, but I will continue searching…
I hope this hotel will open one day again, and I will then definitively come back!