In the autumn, we all need some rejuvenation, so our minds turn to the possibility of a day at the spas? Here are 5 great recommendations for a weekend of wellness.
1. Let's start with Montepulciano: this beautiful town in the Val d'Orcia is famous for its vino Nobile and is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You'll feel relaxed moving through the streets of the historic center, tasting a glass of red in the local wine cellars and visiting the Terme di Montepulciano. Here, you can take a dip in the nightlit Grotto and float in the saline pool: it's good for your skin and respiratory tract.
2. For a breath of fresh air, head to the Terme di Bagni di Lucca: these waters have been famous since antiquity; the likes of Byron, Shelley and Napoleon have enjoyed them and their power to regenerate. Try out the Grotta Grande and the Grotta Paolina: these are two natural wonders where you can give a little self-care with thermal steam.
3. Giuseppe Verdi called it "the eighth wonder of the world"—this is the Grotta Giusti in Monsummano Terme, a wellness experience that's truly special. The natural Turkish bath found here is divided in three Dante-inspired grottoes: Paradise, Purgatory and Inferno. Relax in harmony with nature, enjoying thermal pools, waterfalls and mud treatments.
4. Now let's head back to the Terre di Siena, in Chianciano Terme, where even Federico Fellini spent summers. Here you can leave all your stress at the door, getting lost in the world of the Salone Sensoriale: this establishment offers treatments inspired by the four elements: air, water, earth and fire, taking care of both your body and your spirit. There are classic treatments like mud baths, but also more advanced options like aromatherapy and musical therapy, which take place in relaxing rooms where, lying back in a recliner, you'll be mesmerized by colors dancing on the ceiling and the sounds of classical music wafting through the room.
5. To round out the list, don't miss the Terme di Casciana, lying in the Pisan hills, where people have taken care of themselves in the thermal waters since 1300. You can spend two unforgettable days visiting the nearby Volterra, an amazing Etruscan city, and then treat yourself to a long, relaxing visit in the resort, with its pools (both indoor and outdoor) and beauty treatments.