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Spas in Umbria

Umbria – the central Italian region long known for its bucolic rolling landscape, picturesque stone hill towns, fabulous art and architecture, and hearty country cuisine – has been late hopping on the spa bandwagon, but over recent years a number of fabulous, luxury spas that combine wellness and pampering with culture and history have opened their doors.

Most offer elegant accommodations, if you are dreaming of a romantic weekend away, or day-spa packages for a special treat during a longer stay in this beautiful region.

Where I Want to Go When I Die (Nun, Assisi)

nun spa assisi

© Nun Relais

Dear God,

I know I haven’t lived a perfect life. I realize heaven is probably off the table for me by now. That said, I would just like to remind you that I have lived for almost twenty years next door to my Italian mother-in-law and haven’t yet committed matricide, which should count for something.

So, in lieu of the pearly gates, when my time comes I humbly ask to be sent to the new Nun Relais and Spa Museum in Assisi.  This breathtaking five-star complex includes a full hammam-style spa, which has been artfully incorporated into the extensive remains of a 1st century BC Roman amphitheater unearthed during construction work in 2008.

With a basic entrance fee of €45, this is a treat within reach of even the meekest of sinners. Amen.

In Vino Veritas ( Le Tre Vaselle, Torgiano)

bellauva spa

© Bella Uva

Five star luxury country hotel Le Tre Vaselle’s BellaUva Wellness Center specializes in treatments featuring grapes, grape seeds, must, and wine from their own Lungarotti vineyards.  Long known to have antioxidant properties benefitting the skin and circulation, reducing stress (Yep. I can vouch for the whole wine-use-for-stress-reduction thing.) and signs of age, grapes have inspired a selection of vinotherapy treatments, including massages, facials, and a wine bath.

The best part of the package is the tasting of their house Rubesco–if soaking in some hearty red doesn’t relax you, tossing it down the gullet probably will.

The Villa Life (Villa di Monte Solare, Perugia)

Villa Monte Solare Le Muse

© Villa Monte Solare

This stately 18th century villa near Umbria’s provincial capital seems to belong to the lost world of the Forster novel.  Now an elegant hotel and restaurant, the villa is surrounded by a formal garden and boasts a Limonaia, which houses their Le Muse Spa.

Indulge yourself with their massages, sauna, and Turkish bath, or one of their Charme d’Orient treatments—including Hammam, Ayurvedic massage, and shirodhara (Don’t worry…I had to google it, too.).  They also have a selection of treatments designed for expectant mothers, if you are pampering for two.

Boot Camp With Velvet Gloves (Health Center Marc Mességué, Todi)

marc messugue health center

© Messeque Health Center

If you yearn for an iron-fist-in-velvet-glove luxury boot camp experience, this is the place.

Part of the Mességué family’s group of herbal health centers, the spa is housed in the lovely medieval castle Torre Errighi.  Clients are given a thorough medical check-up followed by a detoxifying herbal treatment and rejuvenating diet (and, of course, all the pampering extras one expects from a top shelf spa: massages, beauty treatments, Turkish baths, inhalations).

The spa offers day treatments, though the philosophy behind the Mességué program lends itself to a longer stay. Yes, a stay at the five-star castle (where the staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1) will certainly be a sacrifice, but it’s for the sake of your health, remember?

Champagne Taste, Beer Money (Castaeaquae, Assisi)

spa castae aquae

© Castae Aquae

If you are looking for a little pampering, but managed to max out the credit card on Umbrian wine, ceramics, truffles, and linens, don’t despair.  This friendly, informal wellness center, part of the family run La Terrazza Hotel, offers all the comforts of a high-end spa for a fraction of the cost.

I especially like their Ritual packages, which begin and end with a massage and have sauna, Turkish bath, or Jacuzzi sessions and herbal infusions included…all for €100.

Rebecca Winke is an Innkeeper and Blogger who moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and shortly thereafter opened an agriturismo in her husband’s renovated family farmhouse at the foot of Mount Subasio near Assisi, Umbria.  She spends her time taking care of guests at Brigolante, blogging about the lovely region she now calls home at Rebecca’s Ruminations, and wondering about what strange winds blew an urban vegetarian to a farm in Umbria.

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    erin
    February 3rd, 2011

    Hey Robin!
    So I saw your tweet about this post earlier, but saved it until I had a break so I could dive in! Ahhhh, what a wonderful day (dream) trip :)

    thanks! I’ll share it on the twitter for the yoga retreat in Italy I’m doing this summer (eat.pray.move), b/c one of the day trips is a visit to an Umbrian and/or Tuscan thermal spa!

    Sounds like a good time Erin!

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    erin
    February 3rd, 2011

    oh, btw….I linked my name to the EPM site, but it’s Erin from The Olive Notes :)

    Ah, ok. Good to see you. Hope you are well :)

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    Constance Grayson
    February 3rd, 2011

    Your article could not have been more timely. I organize groups to visit Umbria and have one group that wants a spa day. The one in Assisi looks tailor-made for what I need. Thanks. When you can, check out my blog at
    http://experiencemyitaly.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day.

    Constance

    Glad it could be of help to you Constance. Enjoy your visit.

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    Debbie Beardsley
    February 3rd, 2011

    Great article on spas. The Nun Relais photograph reminds me of the Roman Baths in Bath England. They look inviting!

    Don’t they Debbie? I’d take any one of them ;)

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    Nicole
    February 4th, 2011

    That place looks amazing! I want to go!!!!!

    You should! What’s stopping you? ;)

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    day spas
    January 16th, 2012

    So envy with the place. Looks like heaven so awesome. Get me in there right now. LOL. thanks for sharing!

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