One of the most prized and luxurious activities to do in Tuscany is enjoying thermal baths. This Italian region has a very long history of hot springs and thermal resorts. Since the Etruscans, passing through the Romans and arriving to our days, hot springs and the prestigious hotel resorts built around them are a true wealth both for wellness and relaxation.
After a few centuries during the middle ages while thermal springs were nearly abandoned, their popularity surged again during the Renaissance, to finally explode during the 19th hundreds. It is during this period that some of the most prestigious thermal spa resort hotels were built and are still in existance.
Perhaps the most prestigious of all thermal spa resorts in Tuscany. The story of this hotel starts when the entrance to a hot vapors well was found by mistake on the grounds of the Giusti family in Monsummano Terme. This hidden treasure extends underground for over 200 meters including a collection of natural pools, stalagmites, stalactites, and beneficial vapors with de-fatiguing and pain-relieving properties. In addition to the cave, the hotel features a wonderful swimming pool with thermal waters covering a surface of 750 square meters, indoor oriental-style spas, relax areas, a well equipped gym and a beauty farm center. Moreover, a full-fledged 18-hole golf course is available a few miles from the hotel.
The indoors of Grotta Giusti Hotel are a collection of refined and luxurious rooms. Original antique furniture, delicate fabrics, and rich upholstery echo the origins of the building, dating from the 19th century. Precious marble bathrooms with thermal waters donate a touch of extra luxury.
This hotel is a piece of Italian history. Here, since the first half of the 18th century, celebrities from all over Europe have exchanged paths to spend prestigious holidays dedicated to relax and luxury. Kings, grand duchies, famous authors, and powerful cardinals have resided here. The hotel was recently brought back to its ancient splendor offering original frescoed ceilings, precious materials to enrich the touch and feel of every detail, and panoramic views of the leaning Tower of Pisa.
The thermal area is composed by an intriguing mix of Roman and Oriental styles, with thermal pools, a steam bath with cold plunge carved out of a natural grotto, the external pool surrounded by the scenic hills of Pisa, and a range of massage and beauty farm exclusive services.
The dining room and open spaces of the hotel exude all the prestige a place with such history, marvelous services and appearance deserves. A stay at hotel Bagni di Pisa will make you relieve the experience of kings and celebrities of the past.
Fonteverde Spa Resort near Siena
In San Casciano dei Bagni, half an hour from Siena, Fonteverde Thermal Spa Resort offers a prestigious stay in one of Tuscany’s world heritage sites, the Valdorcia. This land, so poetic with its gently rolling hills and widely extending vineyards and olive groves, can be admired from the thermal pools of one of the most luxurious resorts in Tuscany.
Fonteverde is a five-star hotel giving its guests well-appointed bedrooms with panoramic terraces, four-poster beds and fine fabrics. Every detail is taken care of, in perfect harmony with the surrounding peaceful natural environment.
The thermal waters at Fonteverde fill two internal pools, one internal and external swimming pool complemented with 22 different kinds of hydro massage and waterfalls, a children pool, a pet pool and a cold plunge pool to cool off during the summer. In addition to saunas and steam baths, the Fonteverde Thermal Spa Resort includes a beauty farm with wellness treatments and fitness area. To conclude, the beautiful panoramic restaurant caters elaborations on Tuscan recipes to delight your every dinner, wrapping each day at this resort in Tuscany with a nice culinary bow-knot.
Joseanne Harper is Senior Editor at Traveling Italy.