Friday, June 24, 2011
A Local Resort at Terme Luigiane
Next week we are headed to Sorrento and famous places like Capri, Amalfi, Pompeii, Herculeum. This week we took a look at a fairly unknown resort just a little south of us. Terme Luigiane is a village set back in a canyon just a kilometer from the sea and the SS18 highway. A place we have driven past numerous times without knowing it existed. We zipped down for lunch with a friend and neighbor who’s husband is the Maitre ‘d at the largest hotel, Grand Hotel delle Terme.
The resort has 7 different hotels and they are all there to take advantage of hot mineral springs. They offer various spa treatments and pools. Naturally none of the pools was open when we were there with a camera!
It’s an amazing little niche in the canyon complete with lush vegetation surrounding the village and nicely maintained streetscapes. With the hot springs, of course, there is a steady odor of sulfur in the air.
We have never made use of developed commercial hot springs other than a swimming pool in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where we lived once. We were more into the natural springs found in the woods and mountains of the west where you stripped down and sat in a pool, often with complete strangers. Several were popular stopping spots after cross-country skiing. There’s nothing more enchanting than soaking in a hot pool with snowflakes drifting down on you. Bah, enough with the snow talk. It’s gonna be 30 today at the beach!
Ciao a presto, Guido