Tuscany is synonymous to such pleasant things as wellness (in thermal Spa complexes), good wine and delicious food. All that is especially important in winter, when the weather in Europe is mostly cold and rainy or even snow is falling, but Tuscany is as wonderful as always. And a glass of good red wine will warm your body and soul at any time! That is so important for the couples in the anticipation of such a holiday as St.Valentine’s day or the beginning of spring when the Women’s Day is celebrated. Let us recall the most beautiful places of this romantic region.
Thermal complexes are going to be a significant part of our tour.
- Here is some important information about them: –
Very often with the word “thermae” there are a lot of strange associations, for example:
– “It is advisable for the elderly people only…” – considering the high pace of life in recent years, thermal tourism is becoming increasingly important as a means of restoring physical and emotional balance, to relieve stress. Not coincidentally 70% of the TOTAL population of Italy intend spending time at the thermal spas.
– “It would probably be too boring to spend my vacation there…” – But nobody says that you need to stay in the water 24 hours a day! Your sightseeing tour during the whole day can end with a relaxing bath in the evening. In addition, the baths are mostly located in very beautiful and picturesque places and we picked up some thermal complexes and excursions that will nicely diversify your leisure.
– “I’m not sick at all!..” – Everyone knows that it is better to prevent any disease than to treat it afterwards. In any case, it is desirable to consult a doctor beforehand. Prior to your arrival, you can send us the medical analyses and/or extracts from medical records; so that our physician could advise you what kind of thermal complex would be suitable and perfect in your case.
- What is the composition of mineral / underground water?
– oligo mineral (acque oligominerali) – water having low calcium content, with the expressed diuretic properties, mostly used for urolithiasis treatment;
– sulphurous water (acque solfuree) – being used for many indications in the form of drinking, irrigations, inhalations or baths;
– iodine bromine water (acque salsobromoiodiche) – is prescribed for many diseases. By the way, Petrarch got rid of diseases of the skin in terms of the iodine-bromine water in the place called Abano near Padua;
– salt or sodium chloride water (acque clorulo-sodiche) – contains sodium, magnesium and calcium, being used in case of excessive weight, gastritis, liver failure and diarrhea;
– sulphate water (acque solfate) – contains ions of sulfur, calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine, iron and are used as a cholagogue;
– bicarbonated water (acque bicarbonate) – to be used in diseases of the digestive tract, liver, metabolic disorders, for the preparation of therapeutic muds, inhalations and irrigations;
– carbonated water (acque carboniche) – being used both for drinking or bathing, in the treatment of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, digestive disorders;
– arsenical and chalybeate water (acque arsenicali ferruginose) – mostly used for drinking, bathing, inhalations and irrigations in the treatment of blood diseases, neuritis, eczema and acne;
– radioactive water (acque radioattive) – contains radioactive elements: radium, radon, thorium, actinium, uranium.
TYPES OF TREATMENT
The term “Cryotherapy” means treatment with thermal waters. It can be internal (i.e. inhalation, irrigation, insufflation, drinking) or external (f.e., swimming pools, baths, showers, hydro-massage). For reaching maximum effect it makes sense to take a course of not less than 10-15 days.
The most common type of therapy in thermal Spas – pools and private baths, where it is usually recommended to stay for 15-20 minutes, preferably before breakfast. Submersion can be passive or be accompanied by physical activities, including rehabilitation after injuries with special climbs, descents or other devices.
Particularly useful for stimulating blood circulation and toning effect for skin massage when the pressure emitted from the ground water being used. Similarly, the use of baths equipped with special holes that leave the water enriched with ozone.
In case of disorders of the blood circulation or nervous system, or for the skin healing, gaining increasing popularity of the souls, for the whole body or its individual parts, with fast or slow cuts and increases in temperature, with different strength of water pressure. There are even underwater showers, similar in its properties to the jets!
In many cases, the therapeutic effect of cryo- or balneotherapy is enhanced being combined with mud treatment (peloidotherapy). Therapeutical dirt can be both natural and artificial, specially prepared in advance. There are some special treatment methods: inhalation, for treatment of respiratory disorders (e.g., nasal bath), mud baths that are used in case of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and skin diseases, as well. Nowadays, many resorts offer the types of services that can be found at a beauty salon.
There are special treatment methods: inhalation, for treatment of respiratory disorders (e.g., nasal bath), mud baths and in diseases of the musculoskeletal system and skin diseases. Many resorts offer services also tend to the beauty salon.
Hydro-peloidotherapy (or drinking) – that means usage of mineral water directly from the source – is being dome on a regular schedule, at particular temperature and in prescribed quantity, preferably on an empty stomach, from two weeks to a month or longer. As a rule, this type of treatment is accompanied by an outdoor recreation, walks in the park available close to the thermal resort.
A part of wellness treatments at the thermal spas is staying in hot or cold caves (which are of karst or volcanic origin), that makes therapeutic effect, as well. This is also effect of humidity, radioactivity, presence of gases and/or ions of different chemical elements.
A LITTLE GLIMPSE OF HISTORY
Nowadays, Italy is well-known as the “Thermal Paradise”, but treatment by means of water is known from long ago, starting from ancient times of Egyptians. And the first medical-scientific work “Use of Liquids” was written by Hippocrates, the famous Greek scholar. Moreover, the Greeks believed that water and steam emerging from under the earth to be supernatural. It is no accident in the area of the thermal springs there were temples such as the temple of Olympus or the temple of Apollo in Delphi.
But if the Greeks were the first to appreciate the hot springs, the Romans spread and glorified it is a means of treatment and recreation, making it almost a cult. The first baths were settled near the springs of warm water, and with the time they were spread within the towns. For example, in Rome the number of baths was more than 800, some of them were so large that could accommodate up to 3,500 visitors. The Romans used water not only for therapeutic purposes but also just for entertainment and socializing, beautiful parks were planted nearby, museums and libraries were built. The entrance fee to the baths was very reasonable, all the people could afford to visit them; but there were some special Spas for the rich, in which design was like a work of art!
After the fall of the Roman Empire Christianity did not welcome the places which were far from the rigors of the Church. In the middle ages, thermal water was used solely for therapeutic purposes, and starting from the XIII century the scientific study of water began. From treatment centers hot springs started to turn into the centres of recreation and social life, gradually acquiring the resort towns. Representatives of the higher strata of society could afford to spend “on the waters” the whole days of relax. The modern popularity of the underground hot springs once again began to gain momentum in the postwar years. Thus, the baths were even linked to the culture – many famous poets and writers (for example, Gogol and many others) preferred to spend their time over there, as well as the link with the aristocracy – so initially Italian Spas were for the aristocracy only.
Due to its volcanism (and baths are considered to be secondary volcanism), there are more than 7000 thermal springs in Italy, all in all. Italian thermal Spas are famous throughout the world not only for their effectiveness of treatment, but for the picturesque places, as well. In the Italian language are called the “Terme Resorts” (i centri di benessere, stabilimenti termali), or simply Spa – after the name of Belgian resort Spa, the resort of the 16th century which name became a household word.
- Arrival in Rome, transfer to Tuscany
- Short stop in Horta, the “gate” to Etruria, where we are going to, therefore, has many similarities with typical Tuscan towns: the plateau of tuff at the foot of the thermal baths. In the city you can take the opportunity for lunch (OPTIONAL) or just walk around.
- Arrival to the Tuscan countryside, the province of Arezzo, accomodation in a romantic guest house
- The town of Arezzo: walk through the ancient streets, churches and the central square
- Welcome dinner in a typical local restaurant
- The Orcia valley: a trip around the extraordinary beauty of the Tuscan hills, looking like lunar landscapes, which are considered to be a real desert, the only one in Italy. However, they are so popular not only for beauty. Over there the famous towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano are located, that we will also visit for tasting local wines in the same-name cellars. Our walk through the valley would not be complete without a visit to Pienza, where you will be offered lunch and degustation.
- Lunch (OPTIONAL)
- Terme di Chianciano – the name of the city itself (which means “City of Health”), says about the importance of this complex, one of the most important thermal Spa in Europe, at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level, surrounded by oak forest and elegant hotels. There are the 5 different kinds of water sources. One of them, the most suitable for us – named Sillene – will warm up our tired muscles and activates blood circulation.
- Romantic photo shoot
- Caprese Michelangelo. Today we will visit the hometown of genius Michelangelo and the places of childhood and youth, we will walk through the streets of a small town, soak up the romantic spirit of the Renaissance.
- Lunch (OPTIONAL)
- Terme di bagno di Romagna – the healing properties of thermal waters of Bagno de Romagna known by the ancient Romans, who believed that the water had been sent down by the gods. However, the origin of the local underground waters is due to the rains. For thousands of years, the water has seeped into the bowels of the earth, where it was enriched with the active natural elements, being heated, and then went outside through the chimneys at a temperature of 39-47°C. Thermal water of Bagno de Romagna is used to treat a number of diseases: musculoskeletal, vascular and throat diseases, asthma, gynecological and chronic inflammatory diseases.
- A class of romantic gastronomy for the couples (including dinner): the secrets of Italian housewives & erotic aspect of the cuisine… Let us cook together in pairs! It is well known that shared activities bring together and help a lot to unite the couples. What could be better than cooking together the dishes that are in addition to the process itself are so good to diversify your life, in all respects!..
- Night in the hotel
- Excursion in the Chianti region and a tour of the cellars. It is the most famous valley wine country, located just 30 minutes drive from Florence. You will ride through centuries-old farms, where you will be shown the vineyards, the wine-cellars, you will learn the principles of using wine in the local cuisine, and of course all of this will be supported by wine tasting.
- Lunch in a castle wine estate and a class of “Sommelier Art”
- The unique landscape of Tuscany is complemented with a stop in Monteriggioni, the town-fortress that is famous for its fourteen towers overlooking the ramparts, which were described in “the divine Commedia” Dante Alighieri.
- Rapolano Terme – the water complex after St. John. A wonderful place with a mountain view, a large area with three thermal pools, one of which is internal. Thermal pools with water of +25°C under the open sky and 30°C in closed basins. They are being feed by waters of sulfate-bicarbonate-calcium type, temperature of 39°C, which are used as a choleretic and cosmetic means good for the skin.
- Treatments for couples: massage, pedicure and manicure (OPTIONAL)
- Dinner at guest house
- Night in the hotel
- Excursion to Siena, the city of the famous Palio races that take place on the equally famous Central square, on the way we will see the most famous sights of the city.
- Lunch (OPTIONAL)
- Stop in San Galgano, a mystical Gothic monastery (out of which just a skeleton is left) – however, it has become one of the symbols of Tuscany. It is located in the heart of Siena province, in the middle of the desert.
- Terme Rapolano – “Guercia” complex. Coming back to Rapolano, with its water features similar to the complex of St. John. The water is +25°C outdoors, sulfato-bicarbonate-calcium type, being mostly used for choleretic and cosmetic purposes, very advisable for the skin.
- Dinner with a lesson
- Florence, one of the most romantic cities in Italy that inspired the geniuses of the Renaissance
- Lunch (OPTIONAL)
- The Castle of Samartano
- Ponticino, city as if being captured as a background of Mona Lisa portrait. There you will be able to visit an unusual cafe belonging to the family of PUPO – the star of the 80’s, the author of the famous song about ice cream – Gelato Ciocollato. Degustation.
- Romantic Gala Dinner by the pool in the hotel: the final delicious dinner of this trip will be served for you at the poolside at sunset.
- Night in the hotel
- Departure to Rome, farewell to Tuscany
- Stop for a short visit of Orvieto, another magic city of the Etruscan Confederation, situated on tufa plateau. You will be amazed by the contrast of the old tufa, streets and houses, as well as by white-gold marble – mosaic facade of the Cathedral of the Central square. But the most important secrets are hidden UNDER the town, in the galleries of tufa, where the main attraction is, of course, the well of St. Patrician.
- Lunch (OPTIONAL)
- Transfer to the airport or to Rome for continuation of vacation
Total cost of the tour: Euro
Included into the price:
- English-speaking assistance during the whole trip
- Guides with all the excursions included into the program
- Bus for the whole group
- All the excursions described in the program
- Residence in the hotel
- Meals as per the program
Not included into the price:
- Transfers (on the arrival date & the departure day) – transfer price indicated below
- Visa service (if required)
- Medical Insurance
- Lunches (in case not indicated), food & drinks above the menu
- Additional excursions (indicated as “optional” or **** in the program)
- Entry tickets to the baths, etc.