Spring into Summer

Finally the sun has appeared! It’s March and will soon be time to set the clocks forward! Spring is a wonderful time to visit Italy. It’s quieter, the temperature is perfect for sightseeing on foot – and you start to feel that wonderful atmosphere of anticipation for when we can all escape the city at weekends and enjoy “La Dolce Vita” as the Italians do. It might not quite be the same as it was for Fellini but Italian habits die hard.

Over the next weeks we are going to be evaluating Lazio’s themal spas and beaches – I’m quite excited, since spas, especially, are one of my absolute favourite things: the naturally occurring hot mineral water is so soothing (I once booked a massage at a spa, but I really didn’t need it – the water alone was plenty enough to relax my tight stressed muscles), and since most of the complexes are set in beautiful countryside so you get to relax your eyes too – a change from staring at a computer screen all day long.

The spas we will visit are located around the Lazio region. The diversity of the geology means that the waters offer differing benefits depending on where you go – for example the water at the well know spa resort of Fiuggi is not actually hot at all, and is suited to drinking rather than bathing. In fact nobles once travelled from all over Europe to take these waters, having heard of their remarkable properties.

Our first spa visit (weather permitting) will be posted here later this month!


TERME DI VULCI

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view of the bar & changing rooms

I LOVED it here. It’s far away from the world set in an almost surreal landscape. Not a very large complex, as you can probably tell, but this is one of the things I liked about it….it was intimate, like going round to a friends house who happens to have their own spa! In fact I did get chatting to one of the owners who was very charming.

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view of the two middle pools

There are four pools – each one hotter than the last. The hottest pool is pretty hot! Must be over 38° – I didn’t stay in too long at a time since I started to feel like a lobster. Pool 2 is a very relaxing temperature and I stayed in one this the longest. I swam in the third pool and finally pool four, as the least hot, is perfect for cooling off when the weather hots-up!

Location – Viale delle Terme – Riminino, Canino VT [indicated in Google maps]

Opening – currently everyday from 10am – 7pm (Winter opening may vary)

Notes – entrance fee includes: use of bathrobe and towel, changing facilities, parking, plus sun umbrella/deckchair/sunbed (depending on availability – however they do limit the entrance numbers so that it is never overcrowded).

Conclusion:

I hope to come here very often.


Next spa will be up soon….

 

 

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