Perhaps because there are so many thermal spas all over this country, Italians love to flock to them. Some of the most popular are in Emilia-Romagna, and it's a good thing, because after downing all the irrestibile rich food of the region, you too may feel the need to "take the waters." Here are three great places to try the very Italian experience of the thermal spa treatment.
Castrocaro Terme: Open from March to mid-December, this historic thermal resort (Via Marconi 15/16, 47011 Castrocaro Terme; firstname.lastname@example.org) offers all the usual variations of potions, mud baths, steams, sprays, massages, inhalations and body rubs, as well as a sophisticated beauty center and a wide ranges of hotels you can browse here.
Porretta Terme: This quiet hill town has six establishments, some of which incorporate hotels. Lately, it's become an excellent winter sports venue, and no matter what time of year, it's a good choice if you really want to get away from it all and do your lungs some good. Click here to browse hotels in the area.
Salsomaggiore Terme: At the other end of the spectrum, this is a bustling place full of all sorts of entertainment. Apart from countless health treatments available in baths and hotels all over town, there are wonderful outdoor cafes, boutiques, exhibitions, theatres and discotheques. This premier resort town offers foreigners a fascinating portrait of something they rarely see: extravagant turn-of-the-century Italy. Click here to browse hotels in the area.
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