The SPA resort of Bormio
Spend some quality time relaxing deep in the nature
The SPA resort of Bormio, Bagni Vecchi, attests man’s ability to create something of such beauty on top of a wondrous nature.
This place was discovered by the Romans and perhaps even by someone else before them. There are the baths that date from pre-Roman times, from the 1st century BC.
Let’s try SPA options: the open-air pool, the “stua” and all the treatments available, deep in the nature.
Video full text: The spa resort of Bormio
Well I never, an outdoor pool! Filled with spa water!
Then there’s the hotel, so 1910, so Liberty!
How fantastic. Is this the Grand Budapest Hotel? No! We’re in Bormio!
You look like real travellers. Did you walk here?
No, we’re skiers!
What did you do?
We went up on our skis.
How can you climb using skis! Surely you can only come down with them?
But you can also go uphill! Alpine skiers climb up with seal skins glued to the underside of their skis.
When they get to the top of the mountain they remove the skins and then come back down.
To enjoy this true marvel!
I am also here to make the most of the spa.
Good morning, welcome to Bagni Vecchi.
I was just about to faint in the face of such a beautiful place.
In the face of nature’s magnificence,
and man’s ability to create something of such beauty on top of this wondrous nature.
It’s like a historic monument.
It really ought to be considered as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The church dates from the Romanesque period.
It’s the church of Saint Martin, that was last rebuilt in the 15th century.
It was built on top of a pagan temple dedicated to a God of the waters.
This place was discovered by the Romans and perhaps even by someone else before them.
There are the baths that date from pre-Roman times, from the 1st century BC.
Pliny the Elder already mentioned the spas in Bormio in the 1st century AD.
But where does this water come from?
The crevices on these mountains collect the rain water and that from the glaciers.
As the water filters through the rocks it acquires beneficial properties.
Geologists tell me that when it surfaces, it is already two years old,
and is therefore very rich in minerals!
I’ll go and try it out then!
There are so many treatments and therapies available: massages, beauty treatments and relaxation techniques.
I’ve chosen the spa option.
They look like spas of bygone times.
The first thing I want to try out is the open-air pool,
and the view is to die for!
And there are ibexes as well!
To drink some spring water,
and enter this stua or hot room that dates from as far back as the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Who knows? He may even have designed it himself.
It’s lovely because it’s not a sauna, but practically a calidarium,
there’s the stove with the rocks, just like in a sauna, but it’s a lot gentler, with a lot less heat.
Then it’s so rustic, with the door and window through which one can see outside.
It’s practically my ideal room – with just the right amount of heat!