San Casciano dei Bagni, Val d’Orcia. When you picture the warm, green and gold rolling hills of Tuscany, this gem in the southern hills of Siena is what you see. It’s what I’m dreamily picturing now. It’s also, happily, where I’m off to next Friday.
A long weekend spa retreat full of Tuscan beauty, wine tasting, food, cookery courses, horseback riding, peaceful country walks, thermal baths, medieval villages, massages, scrubs, facials and yoga, on the arm of my handsome Will. That is, in a word, luxury. (Handsome Wills optional.)
The Estruscan thermal baths of Fonteverde Spa Resort are well-known attractions of the region, but in typical Tuscan style, the lines are delightfully blurred as to the most fascinating aspects of the region, and indeed of this time-honoured, luxurious 5 star resort in itself.
Fonteverde has long been a favoured luxury spa retreat, built in the 17th century by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de Medici. You might recognise that name – the House of Medici was one of the wealthiest, most powerful and influential families of its time, which was a long time. You’ll have heard it often in connection with Florence (Firenze), the hub of Tuscany. Needless to say, this lends a great deal of intrigue and expected grandeur to the place.
Overlooking the Orcia river valley, the spa, beauty and holistic health resort looks to be magical, and I’m fully expecting an unforgettable experience.
We’ll fly into Perugia Airport on Friday morning and take a transfer to Fonteverde. After lunch at the resort, we’ll take a tour of the hotel, spa and grounds. The rest of our itinerary as of yet includes:
Highly anticipated dinners in the Restaurant Ferdinando I
Highly anticipated breakfasts
Mountain biking around the vineyards, olive groves and streams of Mount Amiata
Wine tasting in Montepulciano
General enjoyment of the thermal pools and Estrucan circuit exclusive to the hotel
I have to say, this is probably one of my most highly anticipated spa experiences. The Fonteverde spa menu is very impressive – extensive, comprehensive and detailed, its list of offerings is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I’m looking forward to testing its ability to meet the highest standards.
The archaeological sites of Sovana and Chiusi are close by, so we may try to venture to these as well. We’d also like to take a good old fashioned drive through the soft hills of Tuscan roads, but as it’s only a long weekend, we may have to make a few sacrifices on our itinerary.
Our most likely reluctant departure will come late Monday morning, but I fully expect to leave genuinely happy, revived, refreshed and full of the goodness of the Tuscan countryside.
At any rate, our first Spring getaway to Fonteverde is up for being the highlight of the season. While it’s magical for a long weekend spa retreat, you can imagine how lovely it would also be for longer spring breaks and summer holidays.
Keep an eye out for our final review following the trip! As always, we’ll be providing detailed video footage, photos, descriptions, ratings and advice in our hotel review section to help you decide if Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa is your next holiday destination. And of course, we’ll be glad to answer any of your specific questions regarding the experience.