Florence - Hot Springs – an Invitation to Chill in Tuscany
Rolling countryside, endless forests, fields and vineyards, and cities richly endowed with splendid palaces, churches and cultural treasures: There are many good reasons why German vacationers have a soft spot for Tuscany. Culture vultures and nature lovers have always flocked here, but now more and more people are discovering the region as a center for wellness and wellbeing. The traditional spa towns of this region of Central Italy have been popular for centuries. Today, luxury wellness hotels occupy their age-old walls.
Bagno Vignoni/Adler Thermae
Tuscany has always been famous in Italy for its hot springs. Exhausted Romans came here to bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters that bubbled up from the depths of the earth, to recover from their imperial conquests. Later, members of the European aristocracy discovered Bagno Vignoni, a small village near Siena, where the spring releases so much bicarbonate and sulfate that it has a beneficial effect on skin, bones and joints. Today, the spa and wellness hotel Adler Thermae located just a few hundred meters away from the tiny spa town offers traditional Mediterranean treatments as well as ayurvedic therapies.
Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort: Strada di Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico d'Orcia (Siena), +39-0577/88 90 01. Cost: Starting at €213 per person and day (full board and admission to the thermal baths and other activities included). www.adler-thermae.com
Siena/Borgo Scopeto Relais
Time seems almost to have stood still here: This ancient Tuscan estate lies amid oak forests, vineyards and olive groves just minutes away from the small town of Siena, onto which it offers a magnificent view. A top-class wellness hotel now occupies the ancient building. The guest rooms of the Borgo Scopeto Relais combine medieval character with the latest modern conveniences. The hotel’s spa uses its own exclusive range of cosmetics, made from wine, oil and honey, and its vinotherapy is especially popular. If admiring the surrounding countryside from the comfort of a sun bed is not enough for you, you can always rent a bicycle or Vespa from reception.
Borgo Scopeto Relais: Strada Comunale 14, Vagliagli di Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena), Tel. +39-0577-32 00 01. Cost: Varies according to offer and season. www.borgoscopetorelais.it
Castagneto Carducci/Tombolo Talasso Resort
Cultural heritage or wellness? Thalasso is basically both. Even the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans knew all about the beneficial effects of seawater rich in salt and other minerals. On the beach of the tiny Tuscan village of Castagneto Carducci, the Tombolo Talasso Resort has more to offer than rooms with a sea view. The hotel comprises a large spa and therapy center offering an extensive program of various thalassotherapy plus an array of other treatments.
Tombolo Talasso Resort: Via del Corallo 3, Marina di Castagneto Carducci, Tel.: +39-0565- 745 30. Costs: according to offer and season www.tombolotalasso.it
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