Italy’s richness in thermal and mineral waters, combined with the mildness of the climate and the beauty of the scenery, have made it a favourite venue not only for those of us seeking a relaxing, stress-busting holiday, but also for ‘’health care tourism’’.
From north to south, Italy boasts a legacy of sulphur springs and curative healing waters, offering a wide choice, regardless of the province you’re in. In addition to the fee-paying facilities, locals enjoy free access to natural pools, often immersed in fascinating landscapes enjoying the many virtues of the waters, just as it was done hundreds of years ago.
‘A day at the spa’ has become a widespread past time for Italian people and is not exclusively for health care reasons. Their proximity to great centres of art makes the spa resorts excellent bases for cultural excursions.
In addition the splendid natural parks surrounding the most famous spas and their infrastructure which has been created for leisure activities, make them ideal holiday resorts in their own right.
Beautiful TUSCANY has the highest number of thermal centres in all of Italy. A number of springs with natural baths of temperatures between 25° and 54°, that were already in use in Roman times, are still popular today. They have acquired great importance as a perfect addition to a holiday in appreciation of art and nature.
To name just a few…
Bagni di San Filippo, in the heart of the breathtaking Val D’orcia, is characterized by suggestive calcareous sediments made by the hot sulphurous water. These waters, known by the Romans, became popular in the middle ages for treating famous peoples’ ailments. In the small town’s forest, you can choose to relax in a pool carved in the rock or you can cross a small bridge and take a mud bath !
Petriolo. This is the most popular thermal bath of Tuscany, probably because it’s the closest to Florence. The water is around 42°C (107 F) and the contrast of the cold air in the winter and the hot water is a really great experience. The pools are located below ruined walls, the only remnants of fortified Roman thermal baths. This place makes it easy to understand why the Romans loved their hot baths !
Saturnia, with its extremely remote origins, was developed in Etruscan times. An ancient legend declares it to be the oldest city on the peninsula, dedicated to the Greek, and later Italian, god Saturn !
Terme di Casciana. Situated in the hills around Pisa and just a short distance from Volterra and also the small town of Lari, is noted for its rare beauty and excellent conservation. Particularly noted for its exceptionally good therapy for motor skill rehabilitation, cardiovascular and respiratory treatment, this is a popular location for people looking for more than just a relaxing day out.
La Cerreta, our favourite here at ‘Epicurious in Tuscany’, is set in the ‘Poggio Neri forest park’ in Sassetta. We love taking our guests here to enjoy the peace and quiet that only this beautiful oak and cork tree wood setting can offer. After driving off road through animal farms, vineyards, olive groves and then through the woods to find this magic place really is something to remember. The hyper-thermal water springs from an underground basin at a constant temperature of 51°C and contains salt, sulphate, calcium, precious minerals and oligo-elements.
If you love the idea of floating around and relaxing in the spa, get in touch with us for more information. We usually combine a morning in the spa with a delicious organic home grown 3 course meal on the premises and an afternoon wine tasting tour in a nearby winery. A great day out for couples or small groups of friends !