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A perfect place to relax – Il Bagnaccio: Tranquillity at the Terme

February 7, 2017
Taken by @bagnaccio on Instagram

Away from the bustling streets and busy roads of Viterbo lies Il Bagnaccio, a perfect place to relax for those wanting to unwind after a hectic day or just to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Situated near a caravan park and somewhat off the beaten track its seclusion adds to the tranquillity – a secret for the locals and those ‘in-the-know’.

With several outdoor pools at varying temperatures to choose from this is a perfect place to relax for couples, individuals and families as each terme is clearly labelled as being either child-friendly or for adults only. It is also open until late in the evening so it makes for a welcome escape for post-work down time.

Very few people visit the outdoor springs in the evening, particularly in winter. Having to undress in the open air could be quite off-putting for some. But once you’re submerged into the warming waters the chilly night air barely touches you and can also provide a welcome relief if you decide one pool is too hot before sampling its cooler cousins.

A favourite for families during the day it is a tranquil respite for adults of all ages during the night. Whether a young couple enjoying a romantic evening or an elderly person warming their bones there is no specified clientele as everyone has the same aim. To simply relax and unwind underneath a cloudless sky or a blanket of stars.

However, these terme do not have much in the way of facilities. It is always advisable to bring plenty of hydration to these baths, particularly if you’re planning on braving the hottest pool in the middle of the day. There is no bar nor are there any vending machines, so bringing your own water is a must.

There also aren’t any lockers or secure places to put your clothes or towel. Most visitors tend to move their items from pool to pool and leave their belongings on a side bench. Although there have been no problems with theft it is still recommended to leave valuables at home or locked in the car.

For those expecting a luxurious location the only thing this terme has to offer is the sky. Unlike the more expensive spas it does not have an indoor area. There are no treatment facilities and the changing rooms are simple wooden huts. But at a price of €5 per person with unlimited visiting time it will hardly break the bank and with a peaceful view of the stars it is the perfect place to relax, and I feel it’s well worth the price.

My Opinion

I have tried a few spas and springs in various countries. Some natural and some commercial, but I’ve always been more drawn to simplicity.

Not attracted by the glamour and pomposity of expensive bathrobes and soaps I was never overly impressed by the impersonal atmosphere of a large “luxury” spa with all the mod cons. I tend liken them to train stations during rush hour.

Queueing up to book 30 minutes for an expensive treatment you have to share with other people, then being rushed through a mangle and hurried out the door because ‘your-time-is-up’ is not my idea of relaxation. Neither is swimming in a large, crowded pool in the middle of town.

The more money the spa try to wring out of my damp pockets, the more I feel let down by the experience. I leave the place with half a mind to steal the bathrobes just to feel as though I got my money’s worth.

For these reasons alone I would recommend Il Bagnaccio. Naturally heated pools in the open are all I need to be able to escape from whatever stresses the day has given me. To sit in a gently steaming pool. The only sounds around me being the quiet slosh of the water, the rustle of reeds in the night breeze, and my own heart beating. Sheer bliss, and the perfect place to relax.

If this is also your idea of relaxation then these terme come highly recommended.

If you would like to read a more in-depth and critical review of some natural springs and spas in Viterbo, as well as other attractions, you can read part 3 of my series of articles; Lazio’s Hidden Treasures of Italy in Viterbo.

By Stephanie Bognar

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  • Reply Rhiannon Howard February 8, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for this post, I haven’t had the experience of going to a spa.

    • Reply Stephanie Bognar February 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      This one is definitely worth a try if you’re ever in the area.

  • Reply Jasmin N February 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Oh, 5€ for unlimited time isn’t bad at all! That looks & sounds like a wonderful place to relax 🙂

  • Reply Karoliina Kazi February 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Floating there, under the stars, sounds like a dream to me. Especially in the colder months.

    • Reply Stephanie Bognar February 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      It really is a fantastic experience. Better at night than in day in my opinion.

  • Reply Helene February 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I need this place right now! Looks fantastic and i would love to relax for 1-2 days. Great picture by the sun!

  • Reply Thehappylifesisters February 9, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Just reading this post made me feel relaxed this place looks amazing!

  • Reply Annie February 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I’m not exactly thrilled about going to thermes, but if I do go it has to be a quiet little place where’s no crowds. So This sounds like a perfect spot for me

  • Reply Manavi Siddhanti February 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    There’s nothing beautiful than having a “me” time, away from the hustle bustle. ❤❤ Love this post.

  • Reply Saranda February 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing; my first thought was that I should go back to Italy asap my second one was that this spa is definitely on my to go list! Thank you!

  • Reply Margot Guilbert February 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’ll need that right now! Nice to know, I’ll remember it if I go to Italy!
    x Margot

  • Reply Katja February 10, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I love spas. They’re so relaxing and you kind of charge your batteries there. Love it 😍
    Katja xxx

  • Reply Carlota February 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t like those places where they rush you either!! This place on the contrary sounds very nice and relaxing, and I bet open pools in Italy have amazing views too!

    Carlota |

  • Reply Nora February 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Sounds relaxing! I’ve been in many indoor spas but haven’t (yet!) explored an outdoor one. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

  • Reply Emily February 13, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This looks incredible, I went to my first spa this year and loved the experience so would love to try out here!
    Emily xx

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