Recoaro Terme

Recoaro Terme
Comune di Recoaro Terme
Recoaro Terme

Location of Recoaro Terme in Italy

Coordinates: 45°42′N 11°14′E / 45.700°N 11.233°E / 45.700; 11.233
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province / Metropolitan city Vicenza (VI)
Frazioni Fongara, Merendaore, Rovegliana, Parlati
  Mayor Giovanni Ceola
  Total 60.06 km2 (23.19 sq mi)
Elevation 445 m (1,460 ft)
Population (2006)
  Total 7,270
  Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Recoaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36076
Dialing code 0445
Patron saint St. Anthony the Abbot
Saint day January 17
Website Official website

Recoaro Terme is a town and comune in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. It is known for his mineral spring waters: Lora is bottled and commercialized, while some of the others are used for hydrotherapy in Terme Recoaro Spa.


The area of Recoaro was settled in the 13th century by German colonists, a document mentioning a villa in Rovegliana (now a frazione of Recoaro) in 1262. Later it was under the Scaliger, the Visconti of Milan and then under the Republic of Venice, to which it belonged until the late 18th century.

In 1689 thermal waters were discovered, which led to the development of Recoaro as a tourist resort in the following century, although most of the population lived on agriculture until the 19th century.

After being part of the Austrian puppet Lombardy-Venetia, Recoaro became part of the unified Kingdom of Italy in 1866. Friedrich Nietzsche sojourned here in 1881 and allegedly received the inspiration for his Thus Spoke Zarathustra. He wrote:

As far as landscape is concerned, Recoaro is one of my most beautiful experiences. I literally chased after its beauty, and expended a great deal of energy and enthusiasm on it. The beauty of nature, like every other kind of beauty, is quite jealous; it demands that one serve it alone[1]

During World War II Recoaro was the site of a German Wehrmacht command, using nuermous occupied buildings, including the spa; this was bombed by Allied air forces in April 1945.

After World War II Recoaro it became an important center for the bottling of the homonymous mineral water Acqua Recoaro and other beverages; reaching a considerable development in the Italian market with a vast array of drinks, including two trademarks: Gingerino and Acqua Brillante (a tonic water).

Main sights


The main connection is Provincial road (ex state road) 246.

Twin towns


  1. Letter to Heinrich Köselitz, June 23, 1881
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