Spas in Tuscany

by Samuele Sodini

Hi my friends,

today, for the category ” things to do in Tuscany ” a great suggestion: a full day in a Tuscan spa and for sure how don’t talk to you about Grotta Giusti?… Have a look…

Grotta Giusti is one of Nature’s gifts to man.

Starting from the entrance through to the deepest part of the Grotta, three different zones are crossed, each one increasing in heat, which tradition has named Paradise, Purgatory and Hell.
Limbo has a picturesque lake, the waters of which maintain a constant temperature, both in winter and summer, of 36°C. Even the temperature of the air undergoes very little change over the seasons, ranging from 31°C. in the first cavity to a maximum 34°C. in Hell, with an approximate 100% humidity.
The atmospheric pressure is constant and the same as outside, in all parts of the Grotta. An unexplained, natural mechanism guarantees a constant and efficient change of air, making the stay in the Grotta a pleasant one, even with the profuse perspiration induced by the high level of humidity, rather than by the temperature.

The steam of the rich thermal waters generates a natural “bath of health” which detoxifies the organism for an overall sense of well-being.

“The eighth wonder of the world”, as described by Giuseppe Verdi during his frequent visits, never ceases to amaze you. The story begins in May 1849 when miners working on the property of the Giusti family discovered, quite by chance, hot steam coming out of the earth. The small opening was made larger to allow them to enter the place which had remained a secret till then: the Grotta. The sweet temperature inside the Grotta gave the owner the happy idea of turning it into a beneficial cure. Along the years the fascination and the shape of the stalactites and stalagmites, those mysterious, distorted shadows projected in the distance, whilst we move around in the heat of the mountain and the unreal silence between Heaven,Purgatory and Hell, have led us through a unique and extremely personal experience. The temperature, which increases slowly to a maximum of 34° C, creates a “thermal steam bath” which, when taken for a full 50 minutes, eliminates, along with the toxins in our body, all traces of stress. Continuous innovations have brought the wellbeing centre to its present state through ways and means, wars and armistices, smiles and tears, keeping intact the one thing where everything began….. and already towards the end of the second world war, we find traces of a project to build an outdoor thermal pool.

Isn’t it a great suggestion? For sure it will be an unforgettable day… trust me….

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