Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, & Restoration

Oct 28 2010

Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, & Restoration

Do you ever wonder how the Italians always seem to appear so relaxed and carefree? Could it be the delectable eats, or abundant wine? Maybe it’s the beautiful landscape or long lunch breaks? Perhaps.


However, I like to think it has something to do with the fact that the Italians have been practicing the importance of spa treatments since the medieval times. In fact, ancient Roman cities were required to have a public bathhouse and Roman men frequently socialized at the thermal spas. Historically, Italian philosophy is based around the belief of the balance of body and spirit. As a result, the Italians saw opportunity for rejuvenation in their unique thermal waters, a result of the land’s dormant volcanoes. The chemical properties of the water provide restorative qualities and the scenic locations of such spas certainly do not hinder the relaxation process. The unique geological properties make the thermal waters in Italy different from any thermal spas around the world. Some would even consider Italy a “treasure chest,” for these resources.


Today Italian spas have been rebuilt and in some cases expanded, but they still operate on the foundation of the ancient Italian philosophies.


No girls’ trip to Italy would be quite complete without a visit to one of these thermal spas. Not only does it make for a peaceful day of pampering but it’s a tribute to true Italian culture and history. TCF Italian Journeys partners Exclusive Country Tours offer a listing of some of the best spas in Tuscany, which I have included for your viewing pleasure.


Situated in a region of unparalleled beauty, L’ Andana basks in the foothills of centuries old olive groves where the perfume of wild flowers abounds. The neo-classic Villa, farmhouse and chapel are beautifully laid out over 500 hectars of the most pristine Tuscan hillside. Refined architecture nd dècor, together with absolute tranquility make it an exceptional and magical place. Rooms and Suites are the epitome of sublime taste and detail and equipped with the main comforts and facilities.


The impressive and exquisite Espa will add to your well being. Both the treatments and gourmet spa menu take Alain Ducasse’s vision of linking together natural ingredients from the Maremma region.


Grand Hotel & La Pace

The point is: Spas and Luxury, Spas and Wealth, have always gone hand in hand. The Grand Hotel & La Place was founded in 1870 and offered halls and armchairs, gardens and silence, luxury. Rooms are finely furnished and decorated in Art Nouveau style, where history and technology interweave discreetly.


Gastronomy is an essential feature at Grand Hotel & La Pace: the chef proposes a creative and Tuscan cuisine in the elegant salons of the restaurant. The new Spa is a space out of the time where the tradition marries the research and innovation: an oasis of relaxation where guests are welcomed in exclusive wealth areas.


Tombolo Talasso Resort

At the Tombolo Thalassotherapy Center and SPA wellness professionals and qualified staff pamper all Guests with all the treatment and cures necessary to rediscover health, well-being and harmony. The ancient art of massage is performed here by expert hands and combined with modern western techniques to encourage total physical and psychological regeneration. Massages like Shiatzu, Thai, Aromatherapy and Scen Tao exploit the calming and revitalizing properties of essential oils to improve circulation and tone the skin.


At the Tombolo Talasso Resort the virtues of land and sea meet in a harmonic ensemble of colors, tastes and emotions. All the rooms are slightly different in shape and in the matching of colors and materials to satisfy a variety of personal tastes and needs: from ethnic furnishings, to bathrooms completely decorated in mosaic, from warm sand shades which evoke the desert to modern white furniture and abstract paintings, from oriental pastel tints, rattan futons in warm sand shades which evoke the desert to modern white furniture and abstract paintings, from oriental pastel tints, rattan futons and arabesque decors to traditional warm beige walls with paintings of the Tuscan countryside.


Petriolo Spa & Resort

Petriolo is one of the oldest thermal springs in the world, an exciting alchemy that has transformed old traditions into modern therapy to restore and protect your mental and physical wellbeing. If your desire is to combine relaxation and pampering with the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Tuscany countryside and the most fascinating towns in Tuscany, Petriolo Spa & Resort is for you.


The precious building is surrounded by age-old woods and overlooks the natural hot springs of Terme di Petriolo, whose beneficial properties have been known since the Middle Age. The five-star hotel features 87 rooms elegantly furnished, including 34 Junior Suites, 6 Suites, 1 Executive Suite and 1 Imperial Suite with private garden and open-air Jacuzzi. The restaurants greet our Guests with the most breathtaking view of the Tuscan landscape, while the menus feature a variety of dishes combining traditional local cuisine with the creative vision of our Chef.


The Spa offers a very special holistic approach to the guest, combining natural and alternative medicine with traditional medical therapies, resulting in a wide range of personalized treatments and programs to satisfy the needs of each individual guest.

Well, don’t just sit there in envy! Contact TCF Italian Journeys for trip itineraries tailored to your requests.