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Spas and Hot Springs: Relaxation Italian Style

Posted by Darya Camacci on January 18 2016

Thermal baths are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with a special place in Italy’s history and culture. Since the early Roman civilization, they have been enjoyed for their natural healing benefits as well as for socializing.

Today tourists and locals alike continue this ancient tradition for relaxation and leisure. Many of them are located in the stunning Italian countryside amid snow covered mountains and lush scenery, making them the perfect place to recharge one’s batteries.

Most of the natural springs in Italy have been turned into luxurious hotels and resorts that attract both local and international tourists.

The natural springs are the draw card, however, many offer more amenities, such as wellness centers, gyms and golf courses.

The baths often frequented by weary tourists and locals looking for a much needed break. Here we answer your questions about them.

Where Can You Find One?

natural springs found in veneto and tuscany
Many thermal baths have now been turned into spa hotels and resorts targeting tourists seeking a relaxing vacation. Every region of Italy has them, although some of the most popular ones are in Veneto and Tuscany.

 You can choose to indulge in a full service wellness center or spa that offers such services as massage therapy, saunas, physiotherapy treatments.  But don't forget the natural hot springs that you can find just off the side of a country road. 

 Some spas are indoors and some outdoors, with a typical Roman feel. Most spas and baths tend to be mixed gender, although they may have specific times during the day available just for men or women.

 Who Visits?

romantic couple relax in a hot bath
Most of the spa facilities at hotels and resorts are aimed at adults. Some are couples oriented. What could be more romantic than to relax in a hot bath together after a day of sightseeing? 

Hot thermal baths are not ideal for children under the age of 14 because their bodies have not fully developed a cardiovascular system that can cope with the heat. However, parents can allow their children into the baths at their own risk. In most places, babies and children under the age of three won’t even be allowed into the pool area.

What Are the Health Benefits?

Spas and baths have long been known for their natural healing properties. The steaming water contains minerals like sulfate, chloride and calcium., which aid in health and rejuvenation of both body and mind.

The temperature tends to range from around 75-120 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you have a health condition such as low blood pressure you want to limit your time in hot water, and drinking alcohol (beyond a glass of wine) can be risky.

Benefits of mineral waters include:

  • Improving skin 
  • Boosting blood circulation
  • Removal of toxins
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Relief of muscle pain and aches
  • Inducing relaxation
  • Improving the quality of sleep 

 Please note that dress codes tend to vary.   Generally speaking, it’s acceptable to visit one of the spas or baths in typical beach attire.

What Kind of Treatments Are Available? 

spa treatments to revitalize mentally and physically

You’ll find a wellness center at most of these hotels and resorts with services. They are ideal for anyone who wants to not only relax but feel revitalized mentally and physically. Services may include:

Hydro Massage

A hydro massage, which uses water pressure to apply massage techniques, aids relaxation and helps with various muscle ailments such as back pain, tensionheadaches, neck pain, sports injuries, and other chronic and acute pain. It is also considered to aid mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.


Hydrotherapy involves doing special exercises in the warm water of a swimming pool or  thermal pool designed to help relieve muscular problems. The combination of the warm water and the special exercises relax the muscles and carry heat and energy, therefore helping to relieve pain. It’s also believed to help alleviate pain in joints and ligaments.


If you have any type of muscle injury, then a physiotherapy session will aid your recovery. Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function from illness or injury. Some reasons to use this science-based therapy include back pain, managing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, and preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.

Aesthetic Medicine

Facial and body beauty treatments are offered by trained aestheticians, including chemical peels, hair removal treatments, botox injections and microdermabrasion. These pampering services are popular for women and increasingly, men too.


melt stress away with Italy's therapeutic baths and spas
Feel your stress melt away in the warm therapeutic waters of Italy's thermal baths and spas. And if you are part of a couple, it can be an ideal romantic activity for an anniversary, Valentine's Day weekend or just a romantic getaway.

To learn more about specific hotels and resorts with thermal baths and spas, along with wellness centers, get in touch with us today. We have a number of places we can recommend. Call 877-723-0802.

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Topics: couples, winter, spas, romantic getaways

Darya Camacci

Written by Darya Camacci

VP Sales & Marketing BellaVista Tours