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Italy is  the ideal country for golden age travel seekers in the pursuit of relaxation, culture and good food. Never ending options for physical and mental well being. Perfect for those who want to take their time and enjoy the journey, spending carefree holidays visiting unique and iconic places in the world.

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Comano Terme, the slow holiday at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites Immersed in the natural surroundings of the Valli Giudicarie Esteriori, where the Garda area gives way to the Brenta Dolomites, is Cormano Terme, in the province of Trento: the locals call it “valle salute”, or “valle salus”, meaning “valley of health”, because, thanks to the thermal waters that flow there, which are particularly effective in dermatological treatments, and to a landscape waiting to be discovered, here you will find the most favourable destination to balance the well-being of body and spirit. Cormano Terme, a thermal centre of excellence located in the heart of a sunny valley, surrounded by plateaus, enchanted mountains and rural villages, is recognised by Unesco as one of the world's biosphere reserves. It is also the ideal place for a revitalising holiday, in direct contact with nature, in the pursuit of tranquillity, slow life and sustainable tourism. An all-round wellness experience Already known in Roman times, as attested by the discovery of terracotta conduits and thermal cells, Comano's bicarbonate-calcium-magnesium water gushes out at a constant temperature of 27 degrees. This makes its cleansing, soothing and restorative effect particularly suitable for treating the skin and various pathologies: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and urticaria, especially in children, from early childhood to adolescence. Looked after by clown doctors, pedagogues and psychologists, and incorporated into therapeutic programmes that include games, hugs and workshops to be attended with parents, there are many children who come to this establishment each year for a period of treatment with long-lasting effects. There is also a section dedicated to physiotherapy, which focuses on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation; while in the beauty and wellness centre, you can enjoy massages and beauty and corrective treatments. Outside, a large, well-equipped park, criss-crossed by paths and jogging tracks, will complete your all-round wellness experience. Comano in winter: a snow park for families and great snowy highways If you visit in winter and love to ski, just a few kilometres away you will find Bolbenolandia: an area designed for families, with ski slopes, snow kindergarten and entertainment for children, while nearby Fiavé has a cross-country skiing circuit and an ice-skating rink. For those who prefer never to hit the same slope twice, the great snowy highways of the Andalo-Fai della Paganella and Pinzolo-Madonna di Campiglio ski resorts are nearby and within driving distance. In the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, you can also go hiking with snow shoes and poles. Strolling among ancient pile dwellings, castles and haunted villages If, on the other hand, you prefer cultural tourism, you will find the signposted walk in the archaeological zone of Fiavè irresistible: along one of the most interesting sites of European prehistory, you will discover the ruins of villages on stilts, or pile dwellings, dating back to the Bronze Age; while above Lundo, on Mount San Martino, you can admire the well-preserved remnants of a fortified settlement founded in late antiquity. If you want to discover the many rural villages in the valley, we suggest Rango, with its fountains and stone and wooden houses, listed by the Touring Club as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages in Italy' and home in winter to the traditional Christmas market. Legend has it that the small hamlet of Balbido, in the municipality of Bleggio Superiore, which is also home to art murals, was once haunted by witches, who were believed to be responsible for the natural disasters that struck the area. To ward them off, the locals erected five iron crosses at the entrance to the valley, one of which is still visible. The Stenico Castle is also worth a visit: from its windows you can hear the sound of the Rio Bianco waterfalls and enjoy a spectacular view over the entire valley. Tasty itineraries along the trail of typical local products Home to numerous Slow Food products, Comano and its valley will tempt you with the Sentieri del Gusto (“Taste Trails”), four itineraries dedicated to typical products: the Bleggio walnut, with its unmistakable spicy flavour and easy-to-break shell, used to bake cakes, loaves of bread or in the typical walnut salami; the Lomaso potato, milk and the famous ciuiga del Banale, a unique salami in Italy, once made with the less noble parts of the pig and to which cooked and chopped white turnips were added, now made with choice pork, but always according to tradition. Hungry now?? Comano awaits you!
Relax & Wellness

Terme della Salvarola

Salvarola Spa, for those seeking relaxation or a romantic getaway in the Modenese hills Immersed in a large park at an altitude of almost 200 metres between plains and hills, woods and vineyards, the Salvarola Spa in Sassuolo in an elegant Art Nouveau building from the early 20th century is a beautiful, secluded destination for those escaping the city and looking to treat themselves to a weekend of pampering and peace. A trip particularly recommended for couples. A reservoir of “divine” and medicinal waters The locality is three kilometres from Sassuolo and about 20 from Modena. The therapeutic properties of the water used there were already known in Roman and medieval times. It is said that the powerful countess Matilda of Canossa habitually visited these places to benefit from them. It is no coincidence that the Sassuolo physician Giambattista Moreali, who founded the spa in the 18th century, described it as “divine” in a treatise. The thermal cures here use three different qualities of water, classified by experts as salsobromoiodic, sulphurocarbon and sulphobicarbonatomagnesium, for the treatment of various diseases of the joints, vascular system, respiratory tract and skin. At the Salvarola centre, you can undergo inhalation, mud-balneotherapy, gynaecological and hydropinic treatments. The spa complex also provides a polyclinic and a rehabilitation centre. The goal here is to recover fitness Alongside the offer of spa cures, in its park of over ten hectares the Sassuolo complex also includes 2,300 square metres dedicated to relaxation and fitness recovery. The Balnea Wellness Centre includes five pools and thermal pools at different temperatures with whirlpools, waterfalls, water games, vascular paths, gyms, sauna and steam bath. There are also four gyms equipped for training, yoga, Pilates, spinning and rehabilitation. The sensory spa beauty centre offers a wide range of aesthetic and cosmetic experiences for all ages. Among the more specific and gourmet beauty treatments linked to the products of the Modenese territory, you can explore wine therapy with Grasparossa and Trebbiano grapes, treatments and cosmetic lines with Vignola cherries, balsamic vinegar, clarified butter, grains and honey, and pumpkin. If you can, make sure to take advantage of the oriental, holistic, lymph-draining, thermo-aromatic and anti-stress massages that the centre provides. Excursions between castles and museums, from Sassuolo to Maranello We are at the ideal starting point for itineraries through art and history and excursions into nature. You can reach Sassuolo from here, also by bicycle, and visit the Este Ducal Palace, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque full of frescoes, stuccoes, sculptures and monumental fountains. The AMES museum preserves vintage cars and motorbikes. Another experience not to be missed is a visit to the municipal vinegar cellar in Sassuolo at Montegibbio Castle, one of the oldest manors in Modena. Or if you’re into cars, make sure to head to Maranello, just ten kilometres away from Sassuolo, which can also be travelled along a bike path, to visit the Ferrari museum. Tigelle, gnocco fritto and lambrusco, to pamper the palate too And you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pleasing your taste buds after so many activities: you are in the heart of the food valley, where can choose from tigelle, gnocco fritto, tortellini and tortelloni and so much more, all accompanied by Vignola cherries and bensone, a typical oval-shaped dessert from Modena. The excellent local lambrusco will take care of the rest...
Relax & Wellness

Salsomaggiore Terme

A visit to the Salsomaggiore thermal baths will offer you a regenerating experience, enhancing your sense of wellness in a natural setting At the foot of the Parma Apennine hills in the heart of the Po Valley the Terme di Salsomaggiore present an ideal solution if you feel you need to recover after an intense and stressful period. In this artistic and culturally rich setting one’s spirit and energy will be regenerated in an atmosphere that stimulates a sense of well-being. Between the provinces of Parma and Piacenza, this thermal spa facility, located in a building featuring the refined Art-Déco architectural style, has acquired a prestigious reputation as one of “the most beautiful spas in Europe”. Salsomaggiore and the great value of thermal mineral waters As one of the most important spa centres in Italy Salsomaggiore owes its good fortune to the particular geographical position of the town in which it is situated and the presence of salsobromoiodic waters. Renowned for their many therapeutic properties and for the extraordinary concentration of mineral salts, these waters are used in particular to treat respiratory, rheumatic and gynaecological disorders. The place-name (originally Salso Maiore; cf. Latin salsus) in fact derives from the kitchen salt that was extracted - already in the Celtic and Roman periods - from the groundwater aquifers of salsobromoiodic water. In ancient times the concentration of salt in this water, five times higher than that of the Mediterranean sea water, made it ideal for the preservation of food. A ville d'eau well-known and highly appreciated throughout Europe The recent history of the thermal baths of Salsomaggiore dates back to the year 1839, when Lorenzo Berzieri, a physician who had become a general practitioner in the town, discovered the medicinal efficacy of its waters. Once he had been granted a concession for their use by Marie Louise I of Austria, the reigning Archduchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, he initiated the activity of the spa, which lived its greatest moment of splendour at the height of the Belle Époque, when the locality became a popular ville d'eau appreciated throughout Europe. Thermal waters offering health-care and beauty-care remedies The monumental structure dedicated to Lorenzo Berzieri, which presents a rather glorious expression of the Art-Déco style, was designed by Ugo Giusti and decorated with sculptures and paintings produced by Galileo Chini. The facility includes a wellness centre, offering bathing routes and Kneipp therapy services, body-scrub treatment, chromatic and aromatic thermal baths and oriental, Ayurvedic and hot-stone massages and the balneotherapy and hydrotherapy centre for water rehabilitation exercises, offering balneotherapy, mud-bath cures, inhalation and gingival aerosols. The more modern Terme Zoja spa resort, nestled in the nearby verdant Mazzini park, has internal sections dedicated to the treatment and prevention of arthro-rheumatic, respiratory, gynaecological and blood-circulation disorders and a hydrotherapy and aesthetic medical treatment unit offering services aimed at enhancing fitness levels and water-based rehabilitation, with vascular hydro-courses and forms of treatment aimed at enhancing facial and corporeal beauty. Traces of Art Nouveau or the Liberty-style movement Once you have completed your series of treatment sessions, the Berzieri Wellness Centre, an iconic structure providing a singular testimony of the flourishing Art-Déco period, may also be considered as the point of departure, where you may begin an interesting tour of the town and discover local architectural structures that reflect the Art-Nouveau style. A magnificent array of designs presenting curved, sinuous and elegant linear elements inspired by and reflecting the conformation of plants and floral species may be found, for example, on the decorative wrought-iron and glass structure covering the Pozzo Scotti artesian well in front of the Terme Bezieri or at the Warowland Gallery, with its various elements reminiscent of the neo-mediaeval style, and at the Palazzo dei Congressi (Conference Centre), the former Grand Hotel des Thermes. Elements of the Liberty-Deco style are visible also on the façade of the former Kursaal Casino and at the railway station, with its decorative arched windows and a wide barrel-vaulted ceiling in the main hall. Appealing aromas of the natural world Before you leave Salsomaggiore you should spend a few hours in the relaxing natural setting of the Gavinell Botanical Garden, located only two kilometres outside the town. You will be able to admire a collection of over 450 species of aromatic and medicinal plants in an area of 12 hectares. You might conclude your visit exploring the items displayed in the “sala erboristica” (herbalist section) and in the “olfattoteca” (a section dedicated to aromatic herbal products), where you will discover many fragrances, essences, oils and cosmetic and food products made with the precious Gavinell herbs and ingredients. Roaming around the salt castles You might also consider an open-air excursion through the hills surrounding Salsomaggiore, dotted with castles dating back to medieval periods. The fortresses were built by the powerful marquises of Pallavicino. Situated at various strategic points, the old fortified structures had the aim of safeguarding the precious salt-work districts. There are many interesting sites in this area but it is certainly worth visiting the fortresses of Scipione, Tabiano and Contignaco. These were once referred to as the “castelli del sale” (the salt castles). To reach these venues - by bicycle or on foot - you can follow one of the itineraries commonly referred to as the “vie del sale (the salt routes) immersed in the truly verdant Emilian hills. A sweet souvenir for your return journey It would also be a good idea to procure an interesting souvenir before you leave and this might be a speciality of the local cuisine or a particular wine from the area. The local folk would probably suggest you purchase a few crisp and chewy “brutti ma buoni” biscuits, made with egg whites and crushed hazelnuts. These so-called “unattractive but good” cookies would also be a delightful accompaniment for the vast range of liqueurs produced in the area, such as Camomillina, Nocino, Bargnolino (also called Prunella) and Limoncino, brewed according to centuries-old recipes and using strictly natural ingredients.
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