Grand Hotel Terme - Riolo Terme ****
Built in 1870, in the liberty style that characterised that period, the Grand Hotel delle Terme lies in the centuries-old park of Terme di Riolo, linked by an indoor corridor to the Centre for Natural Methods. It is also extremely close to the thermal pool and all of the services of the Thermal Centre, which works in partnership with the hotel. In the ample Park, guests can relax in the solarium with gazebo, enjoying a dip in the cosy whirlpool bath. Inside the hotel, rooms are elegantly furnished in classic and contemporary styles, and the Restaurant serves local dishes as well as light meals to meet guests every request. The conference centre holds an audience of 200. In the local area there are many tourist attractions for nature and culture lovers, as well as bicycle excursions.
The Grand Hotel Terme has an indoor connection to the Centre for Natural Methods of the Terme di Riolo. Here guests can undergo a program of treatments specially designed using oriental medicine and medicinal herbs. Treatments include phyto-therapy, hay baths, aromatic flower baths, Shiatzu energetic massage, plantar reflexology, Rebalancing, Bach Flower massage, Lymph-draining massage, Ayurvedic massage, Aromatherapy, hot compresses, steam baths, clay packs with essential oils and of course all of the medical treatments based on the thermal waters of Riolo and the mud springs of Bergullo. Near the Hotel, there is the thermal pool and Spa, as well as the many services and facilities of the partnered Terme di Riolo with special offers for hotel guests.
There are three room types at the Grand Hotel Terme: Standard and Prestige rooms are situated in the main body of the hotel while Elite rooms are located in the internally connected dependence, where the Centre for Natural Methods is also found. All of the rooms come with air-conditioning, heating, telephone, satellite TV, safe, minibar and Wi-Fi.
The “AquaVitae” restaurant has spacious dining areas and cosy dining rooms as well as an outdoor terrace overlooking the park. It serves food inspired by the region and made with medicinal herbs and renowned local produce. Light dishes are available, and celiacs, vegetarians and vegans are catered for, as well as those following a special nutrition plan designed by the medical team at the Thermal Wellness Centre. Special wine and food events are held regularly, as well as cookery lessons for adults and kids on request.
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The Terme di Riolo thermal centre is the main but not the only attraction of this town set in the green landscape of the Apennines. It offers a myriad of nature excursions to enjoy on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Riolo itself is enchanting, with an old town centre that revolves around the twelfth century Rocca or upper town, perfectly conserved with its high walls that have defended its dwellers for hundreds of years.
Riolo is halfway between two important tourist towns; Imola and Faenza. Imola is famed in car racing circles as home to the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack where the Gran Premio of the Republic of San Marino was held for many years. It is also home to many monuments and museums of cultural interest. Faenza instead is famous for tradition of ceramic art brought to the highest levels: you can visit the International Museum of Ceramics, where you can see collections of clay pieces made not only in Faenza but all over the world and from a variety of periods. The city also has architecture spanning from Roman times to the neoclassical period (a splendid example is the elegant Palazzo Milzetti), passing through medieval and renaissance period structures.
Among the other places of interest around Riolo Terme are Brisighella, a well-preserved medieval village, and Casola Valsenio. This hamlet founded by Benedictine monks grew from the year 1,000 onwards to become a point of reference for all those who are interested in medicinal herbs. Its important specialised botanical garden and its rich archive of texts on the subject are particularly precious. Other must see attractions are the Orridi of Rio Basino, naturally occurring caves that lie near the Vena del Gesso.
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