One of the very big pluses
for non-Italians who visit this Italian spa is that it is exactly
that -- an Italian spa. All activities and lectures are in Italian
and while there is always somebody to translate, this is a splendid
opportunity for immersion into the language, food and the culture.
I was delighted to be called �Signora� and had great fun practicing
the few Italian phrases I knew on anybody who would listen.
Meals at the spa�s Ristorante
Villa Montepaldi are a study in elegance. Classical music plays
quietly in the background. Large oil paintings and gilt-edged mirrors
grace the walls. Green potted plants stand on gleaming marble floors
and gold embossed tablecloths grace the tables. The staff wear white
jackets trimmed with gold braid; the service is impeccable, the
choice of foods--wonderful and healthy. The spa�s motto seems to
be, eat well but eat wisely; try everything in moderation. At breakfast,
local cheeses and yogurt sit alongside bran cereal, baked pears,
biscotti and Parma ham. At lunch and dinner, local wines are readily
available, the antipasto table groans with choices and there is
a salad bar heaped with fresh produce.
This standard of elegance and
comfort is reflected in the guest rooms as well. Linens are changed
daily, a thick white terry robe and slippers are laid out for you,
there�s a hairdryer in every unit and a heated towel rack in every
bathroom. The shutters on the windows combined with the spa�s thick
stone walls allow for an absolute stillness at night. I slept like
Terme di Saturnia is not simply
a spa. It is a health club, an aesthetics center, an excellent restaurant,
an elegant resort hotel and a wonderful immersion into Italian culture.
It is truly �la dolce vita.�
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