The group STB (Wellness Spa Company) has recently opened Bagni di Pisa, a new estalishment created by the entrepreneur Leandro Gualtieri. Bagni di Pisa (PI) has been added to Fonteverde of San Casciano dei Bagni (SI) and Grotta Giusti of Monsummano Terme (PT). Bagni di Pisa, lies in San Giuliano Terme and has been restored to its former splendour.
In 1112 Matilde of Canossa gave the order for an extensive refurbishment. But the period of great splendour for the baths was at the time of Franscesco Stefano of Lorena, Grand duke of Tuscany and future emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The Grand duke and his wife Maria Theresa of Austria created an exclusive place of “idle and delight”, a reference point for the European nobility, such as Gustav III of Sweden, Christian VII of Denmark, the princes of England, Ibraim Pascià and Paolina Bonaparte, Percy B. and Mary Shelley, Vittorio Alfieri and Carlo Goldoni. A legend has it that in Bagni di Pisa Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, the monstrous creature.
The main building of the hotel was the Palace of Lorena where there were once dance floors, rooms for guests and for the Grand dukes and from which today the Leaning Tower can be admired. The hotel now has 40 rooms, but at least 70 are planned. The rooms have frescoed ceilings, marble, and four-poster beds recalling an atmosphere of earlier times.
The bar has a room for smokers, and offers liquors, cocktails and herbal teas to spend an afternoon listening to music, the restaurant offers typical Tuscany dishes prepared in a modern way by chef Cesare Bassi. The ingredients are from organic farming and gives a special value to the healthy cuisine of Bagni di Pisa.
The hotel is connected to the Wellness Centre, where a staff of doctors and therapists take care of the guests. Ayurvedic massage and shiatsu, turkish baths with savonnage carried out following the disciplines from the Orient, and watsu, a water massage that helps to relax and to free one's emotions.
Among the marvel’s of Bagni di Pisa are the Grand Duke’s Hammam, a little thermal grotta where the visitor can have a romantic steam bath at a temperature of 45° C.
For the guests who like to go for a walk the itinerary Percorso Vita through olive groves and a botanical garden leads to the Café House, a building in the Pisan mountains where the sea seems so near to be touched. The empress Maria Teresa loved to sit here reading poems.