The Most Tranquil Day Spas in Florence, Italy

Florence is best enjoyed while rested and relaxed
Florence is best enjoyed while rested and relaxed | © Filippo Bardazzi, Laura Chiaroni – SooS Chronicles / Culture Trip
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12 December 2019

Need a bit of post-museum pampering? Here are the best places to rejuvenate yourself in the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Florence’s spas host a whole range of pampering treatments to relieve stress | © Edward Oleksak/Conde Nast via Getty Images

Exploring a new city is always incredible, but it’s also often taxing. After a whirlwind visit to the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, travelling feet – and nerves – can get a bit weary. Why not treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation? Florence might not be famous for it, but isn’t that what holidays are for?

Here, Florence-based travel writer Sabrina Crawford shares her tips for the best spas and treatment centres to immerse yourself in during your time in the city.

Soulspace: The relaxing palazzo

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As the name suggests, Soulspace is an island of tranquillity amid Florence’s bustling city streets. Centrally located in a beautiful Neoclassical palazzo, the spa greets weary travellers with soft candles and relaxing music. With a steam room, heated indoor pool and spa lounge area, it has all the basics. It also offers a wide variety of treatments and reasonably priced package options, including essential oil massages, hot volcanic stone massages, facials, skin treatments and reflexology. There is even a special package dedicated to gentlemen travellers, called man space. Just be aware that in Italy, couples commonly visit spas together. Unless otherwise specified, spas are unisex with bathing suits required. Most spas rent or provide kits with robes, flip-flops, swim caps and towels – but definitely check ahead. (Massage areas are generally private, or semi-private.)

Relax Firenze: The modern yoga and wellness centre

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Relax Firenze is the perfect place to pop in for a morning massage or an evening yoga class. Small and friendly, with an easy-going vibe, it’s more of a wellness centre than a classic spa. You won’t find any whirlpools or steam rooms here, but you will find a Himalayan salt room and a host of holistic treatments, including reflexology, facials, reiki and body salt scrubs. Creative massage options include the traveller-specific “jet-lag” anti-stress, aromatherapy and ayurveda, and the signature chocolate massage. Overlooking Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence, Relax is the ideal choice if you’re looking for an hour or two of R&R.

Four Seasons: The crème de la crème

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A garden suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence
The Four Seasons Hotel is surrounded by four hectares of lush gardens | Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence / Hotels.com

If you’re in need of some luxury pampering, look no further. Located in a stunning, renovated Renaissance palace with sprawling landscaped gardens, the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel is your ticket to another world. Just spending the afternoon here is enough to make you feel like you’re royalty, but if you want more, you can book one of the private spa suites nestled in the gardens. The spa lets you design your spa package, meaning you could have a massage and manicure simultaneously. Fancy massage options include the chianti wine back massage, rubdowns with Tuscan herbs and the super glam lux treatment, with 24-carat gold massage oil.

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Golden Tower Hotel Spa: The historic hotel spa

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Situated in the former palatial home of the Strozzi family, the Medici’s great rivals, this elegant hotel spa is also open to non-hotel guests. It’s worth a visit for a short, quick, re-energising escape from the busy sights and sounds of Florence. Intimate and classy, the Golden Tower Hotel Spa features a whirlpool, Turkish sauna, waterfall-style showers and a range of by-appointment treatments. If you opt to stay at the hotel, access to the spa is included free of charge.

Spa Number Nine: Customise your experience

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Tucked away just a few steps from the bustle and chaos of the San Lorenzo Market, Spa Number Nine bills itself as the place to ease your travel aches and enjoy the fine Italian art of fare niente (doing nothing). To get you into the spirit, Number Nine offers a variety of services and treatments, including a hydro-massage whirlpool, saunas, reflexology, facials, sea-salt body scrubs and manicure and pedicures. The boutique-size spa enables you to customise your sensorial experience. It also offers joint couples massages if you want to share your relaxation with your other half.

White Iris Beauty Spa: For Eastern treatments

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Popular with out-of-town visitors, White Iris Beauty Spa provides an array of services designed with the international traveller in mind. Located in the chic Hotel Continentale, just steps from the Ponte Vecchio, the East-meets-West, holistic-inspired menu of massages and treatments here features some unusual options. Highlights include the Tibetan sound massage and pro sleep rubdown, as well as a wide range of regenerative facials and exotic skin treatments, such as algae wraps. Most treatments take roughly an hour, but the spa offers several shorter options, created for the on-the-go traveller. Round everything off with a drink at the terrace bar – the views over the Arno River are stunning.

Asmana Wellness World: Lose yourself completely

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Just on the outskirts of town (but well worth the trip), you’ll find Asmana Wellness World. This massive spa complex is the perfect place to escape and spend a day dedicated to total relaxation. There’s a whole world of delights to explore, including large, heated indoor and outdoor pools; a “vortex” river current; multiple saunas (including a wine sauna); and a surreal, light-show-filled rainstorm grotto. You’ll also find gold and fire-themed relaxation rooms, a Moroccan hammam and an on-site café and restaurant. With its faux waterfalls and palms, Asmana is like a mirage – a tropical resort-style spa in the heart of Tuscany. There’s even a swim-up pool bar. Admission is by time, with options for two hours, four hours or the day – it’s worth spending the whole day here.

These recommendations were updated on December 12, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.