|Inside Grotta Giusti Thermal Grotta|
Photo credit: Grotta Giusti
|The warmest part of the thermal grotto - Inferno|
But I'm not ready just yet.
It was our sixth day in Italy, our fourth in Tuscany. We were melancholic to leave our agriturismo in Monteriggioni earlier that day, but the prospect of spending a day of convalescence was too damn appealing.
|The iridiscent underground lake|
Phot credit: Grotta Giusti
We entered the dimly-lit cave and the warmth was inviting. I expected caves to be dank and musty, but this wasn't. After ten minutes, we descended deeper into the cave, as we were told. The depths of the caves had almost tongue-in-cheek references to Dante's Inferno - Paradiso, Purgatorio, Inferno. I told you. Role play.
The thermal heat in the caves is generated by underground warm lakes. The lakes glow in the dark. It was mesmerizing. The warmth and humidity were pleasant and very natural - not like what you would experience in a dry sauna. This is supposed to detoxify and destress. After about forty minutes, I had to nudge The Dutch. He was snoring softly.
I guess it was working.
After a quick shower, we went to the outdoor mineral pool. It was gorgeous. We swam laps and sat around, happy with the notion of not having to be anywhere to do anything. Holy mole. Just thinking about that fresh, clean, warm water makes me want to impulsively buy another plane ticket to Italy. Perhaps a one-way?
|The Thermal Pool. Photo credit: Grotta Giusti|
|Terme facade. Photo credit: Grotta Giusti|