When walking the cobblestone streets gets too much and your neck is perpetually aching from looking up at the frescoed ceilings, the time has come to indulge your body and soul in Florence’s soothing waters at one of the city’s day spa experiences. The Florentine gives you the lowdown on the pick-me-up spots.
1. The Spa, Four Seasons Florence
The city’s most luxurious hotel also vaunts Florence’s most sumptuous spa location. Standing in a separate building with views of the beautiful Giardino della Gherardesca, The Spa serves up some of the most relaxing treatments in Italy. Named Best Urban Spa at the Italian Spa Awards, The Spa features ten treatment rooms, an outdoor pool, a heated jacuzzi, steam baths, sauna, beauty salon and a fully equipped state-of-the-art gym, all available to hotel guests and day visitors. The Florentine’s editor indulged in the Lux Perfection, a sumptuous facial harnessing the unique properties of 24-karat gold, Dead Sea minerals, Tahitian black pearl, vitamins, collagen and hyaluronic acid. Worth its weight in gold (at 550 euro it’s a treatment for someone you really want to impress), it leaves the skin with a radiant and flawlessly smooth tone.
Borgo Pinti 99, Florence
This spa location is as central as it gets in Florence. On the ground floor of Palazzo Galletti, built in 1831, designed by the architect Vittorio Bellini, Soulspace is the place to go for a pick-me-up a loofah away from the Duomo. The rectangular pool, relaxation areas (outdoor and indoor) and hammam steam room provide the perfect place to unwind from Florence’s bustling streets. Check out the special offers on Soulspace’s website: for under 150 euro you can take advantage of day-spa tension-relieving massages that use essential oils, hot stones or other professional techniques. Brides-to-be can relax among friends for the Soulsposa package, valid for minimum of four ‘hens’.
Via S. Egidio 12, Florence
3. Golden Tower Hotel & Spa
If you’ve got the Stendhal jitters and you’re feeling weak in the knees after a day wandering around the Tuscan capital, just a few steps away from Palazzo Strozzi and the Odeon Cinehall you’ll find a place of rest and relaxation. Housed in the luxurious setting of five-star Golden Tower Hotel, Florence Gardens Urban Spa offers an intimate dimension to those in need of a pick-me-up. In the dim lights of the hotel’s basement you will find a pool with massaging water jets, emotional showers, Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath. Manicure, pedicure, facial treatments and relaxing massages are also on the menu. Special offers are available for anniversaries, bachelor/bachelorette parties and romantic soirées. (Tasty Valdobbiane prosecco and strawberries with chocolate are a must!) Some packages also include museum tickets for the nearby Palazzo Strozzi, an excellent way to combine physical wellness and cultural enrichment.
Piazza degli Strozzi 11R
4. Asmana Wellness Center
Just off the A1 autostrada exit near Campi Bisenzio, Asmana lives up to its name. Start your day at the spa by dipping your feet in the 37°C foot bath before moving on to one of the largest hammam pools in Europe. Warm up your body in the tepidarium, then purify in one of the three steam rooms (try the salt ceremony for a regenerating peeling). Stretch out on water beds or fill your lungs with the smell of the mountains in the hay dream room. Don’t forget the saunas, offering unique ceremonies of music, steam and essential oils. Asmana also features pools, both indoor and outdoor, freshwater and salt water, for swimmers—and even for the lazy: one pool carries you around on its currents, plus there’s even an in-pool bar.
Viale Allende, 10, Campi Bisenzio