Baths of Bormio

January 24, 2008 / Places
Bormio, just south of the Swiss border and smack in the middle of the Alps, is only a few hour’s drive from Milan. You won’t be the first to make the trek however. The natural hot springs here, now a lovely resort called the Bagni di Bormio, (the Baths of Bormio), have been in continuous use for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder, for example, was already going on about their beneficial properties back in the first century A.D. And throughout the ages they have been enjoyed by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and European royalty who regularly flocked here to “take the waters”.

The Hotel Bagni Vecchi (Older Bath Hotel) is a smaller and cozier traditional Valtellina mountain style hotel, while the Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi (Grand New Bath Hotel) on the other hand is a sumptuous mid-19th century Victorian extravaganza, replete with grand dining and dancing halls, Murano glass chandeliers throughout and the like. Both however, are built around the terme (natural hot springs), meticulously preserving the original Roman baths (photo 2) but also enhancing them by adding a subterranean spa that boasts modern cedar saunas and mineral water Jacuzzis. The trump card of the terme however is an outdoor Roman thermal pool (3rd photo) perched up against the mountain that looks out over the ski slopes and picturesque Alpine valley. Add to this the charming town of Bormio itself and it comes as no surprise at all that the Bagni di Bormio have been popular for quite some time . . .

by Layne Randolph

Layne is an American attorney who has extensive experience living and working in Italy. She has worked as in house counsel to Fendi, Srl in Rome, Italy and obtained an LLM through the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Worldwide Academy in coordination with the University of Turin Law School in Turin, Italy. Two of her favorite pasttimes are traveling and writing.

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