Linda Fornara Bertona
Wellness and Music
Porretta Terme, Known since Roman times for its thermal springs, is a town of the Reno Valley Tuscan-Emilian Apennines (Alto Reno Terme). Here you can find Helvetia Thermal SPA, a wellness location created from the skillful renovation of an ancient war shelter carved into the rock. It is the setting for particularly evocative relaxation routes: 1000 square meters available to guests with a large aromatic Hammam, Finnish sauna, biosauna, emotional showers. Since June 2011 the Helvetia SPA has been enriched with salsobromoiodic thermal water to offer an even more complete wellness experience. There are massage cabins with treatments of wellbeing of the tradition Ayurvedic and rituals of more original beauty unearthed. To relaxing body and mind try Helvetia Thermal massage a draining and anti-edema massage with soft brushes of hot cotton balls soaked in thermal water and wave pressure or Thermal water Facial ritual that opens with a delicate exfoliation followed by a seaweed undaria oil massage with anti-aging properties. Among the novelties, the "Blue Gold package" combines thermal water properties with blueberry. It starts with a fresh cranberry juice found in the room every morning to continue the day in the spa.
Historical findings show that Porretta's baths were frequented by the Etruscans and Romans but the splendor is in the Renaissance when the Bolognese nobility spent long periods of rest and care there. Today Bagni Alti, near town center, are available to the public.
Porretta Terme is Music too with the Porretta Soul Festival the sweet sound of rhythm & blues. "Since 1988 the Porretta Soul Festival, a Tribute to Otis Redding, has become the most prestigious European event entirely dedicated to rhythm & blues and soul music and particularly to the Memphis", says a note. The 31 edition of the Porretta Soul Festival is expected this year from 19 to 22 July 2019. It is possible to visit the Soul museum too. It collects the testimonies of the passage from Porretta of the greats of the soul, beginning with Rufus Thomas, Bobby Rush or Toni Green of which stage clothes, shoes or other personal objects are preserved. The photo collection and the audiovisual part are extensive.
During the musical show dates Four star Helvetia Hotel transforms into the “house of the artists” of the Soul.
Try restaurant inside Hotel Helvetia, bar and equipped panoramic solarium with Jacuzzi. Restaurant Cipensoio promotes local cuisine paying attention to the quality of raw seasonal materials. "We offer with passion dishes prepared with top quality regional products. The fresh and handmade pasta, the Josper grilled meat and the desserts made by our master pastry chef are our competitive values. A selection of the best wine labels", restaurant Cipensoio management says. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
Finally, if you love walking or cycling, here you can find green areas and historic churches. Walking along Reno River enjoying the landscape, reaching Santa Maddalena Church, Madonna del Ponte Sanctuary or the nineteenth-century hamlet of Castelluccio, just six kilometers from Porretta, complete a unique experience. Copyright www.deluxu.it