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Region: Tuscany
Saturday, May 19


chiantiback

Cost: 85€

This Field Learning activity explores one of the most spectacular thermal baths in Tuscany: Bagni San Filippo, near Monte Amiata and the town of Castiglione d'Orcia. From above the town, a footpath leads through thick vegetation into what can only be described as a dreamlike landscape. Here, everywhere and everything is sprinkled with a thin coat of white dust. Amidst the trees and rocks, solidified waterfalls, and strange limestone formations appear. This bleached white moonscape is created by the high quantity of calcium deposits in the water, which settle on everything they come into contact with, bathers included. The symbol of the baths is the Balena Bianca, an enormous block of white sediment that resembles the shape of a whale. The contrast with the green of the surrounding countryside is unique, as are the colors of the thermal water which blend with those of the stream. Continuing down the valley, the stream flows into the Fosse Bianco, close to the thermal station. On route, there are numerous little pools, both natural and manmade.

Itinerary: 

Morning departure from Florence to San Filippo. Tour of San Filippo outdoor springs and free time. Guided visit of San Filippo spa resort and facilities, time to work on FL assignment and free time at the resort. Return to Florence in the early evening. 


The activity includes: 

  • Round-trip transportation 
  • Entry fee and guided tour of selected sites 
  • Field learning staff on-site
  • Insurance

The activity does not include: 

  • Meals not listed above
  • Entrance fees or costs associated to sites/activities visited on own 


Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the philosophy of spa, spa-goers, and domains of spa. Identify the emotional responses that spa professionals and guests have to spas.
  • Describe the importance of water and water rituals. Discuss how religious and political issues affected the development and popularity of spas in Europe.
  • Trace the early development of the contemporary spa. Describe the transitions that spas made during the early years of the contemporary period. Identify how spa culture has influenced society, particularly service, cuisine, medicine, fitness, and hospitality.
  • Explain how key market and social trends affect the spa world, list emerging markets and trends that are likely to affect the future of the spa world.
  • Describe current spa therapies, massage technique, concept of energy work and how it relates to Asian massage styles. Identify some of the pioneers in mind-body fitness and movement education and explain the purpose of various body treatments.

Payment deadline: 
Wed, May 16


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