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Terme di Salice
Godiasco is located south of the Po river, in the Pavia province, in an area dedicated to salt therapy and quality wine treatments
Hills with a rounded outline, an endless view of vineyards, and water from two very special sources are the three key characteristics that describe Godiasco, in an area called Oltrepò Pavese (in the Pavia province, south of the Po river) and make it suitable for winemaking, spa tourism and the long-standing local tradition of hospitality.
The historic premises of the Terme di Salice spa centre, a white-painted liberty building, is located in an outlying district of the Godiasco municipality named Salice, which developed around a salted water source originally discovered as far back as in the Roman period.
In this high-tech wellness centre, today guests are coddled with a warm, enveloping and softly lit atmosphere, relaxing colours and delicately scented essences to recover their energy and benefit from a variety of treatments, including thermal water drinking, baths, hot tubs, rehabilitation therapies, aesthetic treatments and dietary programmes.
The water from the Mont’Alfeo source is very rich in hydrogen sulphide, has soothing and relaxing properties and favours natural skin regeneration. The bromide and iodine water of the Sales source, with a salt concentration between 8 and 10 degrees Baumé (vs. the 2 degrees of seawater), has an anti-inflammatory action and stimulates cell activity by accelerating the main metabolic processes.
That said, you only need to choose the package that bests suits you in an extensive complex comprising a thermal water pool, a sauna, a Turkish bath, invigorating showers, aromatherapy showers, a relax room (with a selection of herbal teas), and a unique Stanza del Sale, or “Salt Room”. In a cosy environment with dimmed lights, you will lie on a chaise longue to enjoy the effects of a halotherapy session (which consists in salt particles finely atomised in the air). It is similar to breathing sea air with a treatment that removes toxins from your body, improves breathing and smoothens the skin.
Last but not least, in a winemaking area like this, wine therapy is a must with a choice of baths, massages, scrubs, wraps, masks and peeling treatments rigorously based on grapes, wine, and vine leaves, with well-proven antioxidant properties and a relaxing and purifying action.
5 REASONS TO CHOOSE SALICE
- The ruins of 13th century towers and walls can still be found in the village. On its central square, visitors will also find the Palazzo dei Malaspina, bearing the name of Godiasco family who ruled it until the mid-18th century.
- Roads and alleys bear the names of typical medieval arts and trades, i.e. Via dei Fabbri (blacksmiths), Via dei Fornai (bakers), Via dei Conciatori (tanners), Via dei Boscaioli (woodcutters), and Via del Mulino (mill).
- The Terme di Salice park is planted with a selection of tree species, including lindens, planes, maples, pines, sequoias and firs, and also ‘hosts’ the Quercia di Ada Negri, a century-old oak under which the Salice poetess Ada Negri used to rest.
- At a distance of less than 10 km, in the municipality of Rocca Susella, a must-see is the Pieve romanica di San Zaccaria, a 12th century Romanesque church.
- To discover local cuisine, follow the food and wine itinerary of Strada del Vino e dei Sapori dell'Oltrepò Pavese (www.viniesaporidilombardia.it)