A little overview to set the scene, and because we like thinking about those rolling Tuscan hills, while it’s vineyards, love and lemon groves, terracotta villas and rustic Italian fare that generally populate our thoughts when we think of Tuscany, it’s actually an area with lots to see and do. Florence is the capital city, and quote possibly the most romantic city one could come across, and to our minds a few days there before unwinding in the countryside will never go amiss.
Siena is also one of the region’s highlights with its fan shaped central square, awe-inspiring Piazza, tangible history and slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. Wherever you stay in Tuscany, a day trip to Siena is a must.
When it comes to spas in Tuscany, the variety is equally rich, and the thermal traditions of the country as a whole have a lot to do with that.
Bagni di Pisa for example was built in 1743 for the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and over the years it has hosted royalty, dignitaries and celebrities. Amongst the decadence of its hotel service however are its ancient thermal waters for which it is famed. Enjoyed by the Etruscans, Romans and then by the Medici family they were known for their healing properties, and it is these thermal pools and muds in a cave built in the early 700s, that continue to stimulate the senses.
In the heart of the Chianti wine region in Tuscany, Castello del Nero Hotel and Spa is a five star luxury hotel that has a sense of fairytale around it. The 12th century castle with its Michelin star food is about relaxation through and through, there’s so separation between pampering and the rest of the experience. Unwind in the spa with a view of the Chianti hills, and enjoy ESPA treatments with local additions of sea salt, olive oil, pink clay and rosemary.
At L’Andana there is a real sense of bringing the outdoors in, and in the Winter Garden you will find a spectacular pool that really instills a sense of harmony and luxury at the same time. Their Gourmand SPA experience in particular is not to be missed – they have incorporated food into their therapies, and all of the treatments on the menu are related to cakes and herb teas, for example their Fine Lavender Tart treatment, involving a holistic face, back & scalp massage with hot stones.
Elegance is not amiss in Italy, and to remind you of that, the Grand Hotel Principe Di Piemonte in the heart of Italian Viareggio brings old school grandeur, modern charm and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Apuan Alps. A Michelin Star restaurant ensures that no precious stone is left unturned in the quest for excellence.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.