Terme…thermal baths

Bagni di Lucca has been famous for its healing waters for centuries. There were a dozen operating spas at one time but most are no longer in use. Some have been restored and are waiting to open.

Jean Verraud spa at Bagni Caldi, above Ponte a Serraglio, is open for business as it has been for centuries.

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Elisa Bacciocchi, when she was princess of Lucca in the early 1800s, liked to visit Bagni di Lucca to “take the waters”.

She built a new spa above the two natural steam grottoes and very little has changed since then. An extra wing has been added, but the rooms in the old building look just as they did back in Bagni di Lucca’s heyday.

Terme Bagni di Lucca

Before the Casino at Ponte a Serraglio was built there were gambling rooms at the spa. Now they are used for events.

Terme Bagni di Lucca

Terme Bagni di Lucca

The small steam grotto was the personal steam grotto of Napoleon’s sister Pauline. It is big enough for just 2 or 3 people.

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The larger grotto holds more people.

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When you enter the steam area you are given a towel to wrap yourself in and you are lead to the grotto where you can sit for up to 20 minutes. Then you are taken upstairs to the quaint room with double vaulted ceilings where you lie in one of the beds wrapped in blankets to relax and come back to a normal temperature.

Terme Bagni di Lucca

Terme Bagni di Lucca

There is another room where you can rest before going on to other treatments if you wish.

Terme Bagni di Lucca

It is fun to sit in the steam filled rooms and contemplate who might have been there before you.

Go to the Jean Verraud website for much more information.

www.termebagnidilucca.it

Phone (39) 0583 87221

Strawberries and harp music

We were invited to an event to mark the closing of Morena Guarnaschelli’s art exhibition at the Bagni di Lucca Terme. Who could resist another chance to see the gorgeous salon in this historic building?

The Salon is where the game of roulette was said to be first played. The room became too small and Europe’s first Casino was built beside the river at Ponte a Serraglio.

Morena was there to greet us.

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We had some time to look at her beautiful art exhibition. Click here to see more.

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We took our seats and Dr Vito Valentino spoke to us about the history of the room and about Morena’s art.

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Anna-Livia’s harp looked perfectly at home in this lovely setting.

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Anna-Livia Walker studied at the Luigi Boccherini school in Lucca. She played a delightful selection of music for us, from classical compositions to the more recent Scarborough Fair and Moon River.

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To make the morning even more special, we were treated to chocolate brownies, strawberries and cream and sparkling wine. What a delightful way to spend a Sunday morning.

La Mostra di Morena

Morena Guarnaschelli, a prominent member of Borgo degli Artisti, has a lovely exhibition of her paintings in a gorgeous salon in Terme di Bagni di Lucca at Bagni Caldi, above Ponte a Serraglio.

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Surely this room is one of the most beautiful secrets in Bagni di Lucca.

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The walls and ceiling are covered with delightful frescoes.

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I particularly liked the birds decorating the ceiling.

 

Morena’s exhibition is on until the 28th April. Don’t miss it…and take the time to look at the beautiful salon.

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www.termebagnidilucca.it