It has been over two decades since Frances Mayes published her book “Under the Tuscan Sun” about her journey to purchase and renovate a ramshackle villa called Bramasole in the Tuscan countryside. Following the book’s explosive popularity, a flurry of interest in the area increased tourism and turned the word “Tuscan” from a geographic identifier into a descriptive adjective and even a branding tool. Suddenly “Tuscan” everything, like wine, olive oil, breads, interior design colors, ceramics, and tiles became the rage, fueling interest in visiting the spectacular hills and valleys that held the secrets and history of The Etruscans, Romans and religious pilgrims. Dotted with tall cypress trees and hamlets, and surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees, Tuscany remains a popular place to visit. In addition to the towns, villages and cities, there are serene places to take in all of the beauty and history of the area and simply relax.
Spa Resort Stay
If you have not yet considered staying at a spa resort during your exploration of Tuscany in Italy, then the 5-star ADLER Spa Resort Thermae is why you should. Perhaps the concept of simply relaxing and being looked after is counter to your idea of rushing to see everything you can on your jam-packed vacation itinerary? Let me assure you that once you try a spa vacation in this beautiful place you will be a convert and likely return every year as most of their guests do.
You can book a three to seven-night stay depending on when you would like to arrive. Fixed arrival and departure day packages are your best bet for one of Adler Top Deals via the website. The Adler Week with Tuscany Wellness Experience package includes the sumptuous breakfast buffet, pastries and cakes in the afternoon, a 5-course Gourmet dinner, and Vital Bar with an assortment of herbal teas, fresh fruit and veggies.
Located in Bagno Vignoni, here the ancient Etruscans and later the Romans came to take the curative waters of the hot springs. Today the tradition continues at ADLER Spa Resort Thermae offering you a respite from the busy world while you enjoy the waters. Medical weight loss programs, spa treatments, thermal water treatments, and health and wellness programs under medical supervision are offered in this little bit of heaven under the Tuscan sun. The food program is top notch and just so you don’t feel deprived, you can order some of the wines from the ADLER Spa Resort Thermae owners the Sanoner Family’s organic Tenuta Sanoner wines at the resort; or visit their winery adjacent to the resort.
Hiking, biking, walks, guided tours, explorations of the enological wonders of Val d’ Orcia a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pilates, yoga, a kid’s club, an E-car BMW i3 to rent, wine tasting and cooking classes are all on offer too. Each day the ADLER Spa Resort Thermae publishes an excellent newsletter to let you know what is available to do, to try, to taste, with featured spa services, a recipe from the Chef, and wine and bar drink specials. Yes, I said bar specials. Your wellness retreat at the resort can be whatever you would like it to be. True you can have specific goals for your stay outlined by the professionals at the medi-spa who can create a customized program for you, or simply relax and revitalize in your own way but be sure to spend time in and around the centerpiece of the hotel- the thermal-fed pool. There are many room types and many different views from territorial to pool and garden view to choose from, but no matter which you select, it will be inspiring.
The philosophy of this family-owned company for its five-star luxury resort is simple but something you do not find often these days: love for the earth, valuing the staff, and respecting the land and natural resources. This is especially evident in the resort’s green practices and the bio-dynamic and gravity fed methods used at the Tenuta Sanoner Winery. The Sanoner family have been successful hoteliers and restaurateurs for 200 years and are extremely proud of their exceptional ADLER Spa Resort and lodges located in the Dolomites and Tuscany. A stay at ADLER Spa Resort Thermae is something special here amongst the vineyards, thermal springs and the glorious hills of Tuscany. Book it, you will see.
For a stay at the Adler Thermae with your Wellness Experience package, dinner is included. Chef Gaetano changes the menu each night and they make certain to include local Tuscan specialties too. The Cabrio Restaurant’s retractable glass ceiling opens up in warmer weather to reveal an indigo sky showered with stars. In the cooler fall season, the olive tree and burbling fountain in the center of the room is like dining along an Italian piazza. The professional wait-staff is engaging and charming, but most of all kind when asked to describe a dish to the guest. After enjoying dinner a few nights don’t be surprised if a couple seated next to you politely says hello and asks you about your day. People come from many countries to stay here and are extremely relaxed, even joyful.
You really do not need a car. You can arrive by train at Chiusi-Chianciano Terminal from Florence Novella Station and have a car and driver arranged by Adler Thermae to take you there. If you want to drive in the Val d’ Orcia, we suggest that you rent the BMW at the resort for the day.