In the small town of Bormio located in the Italian Alps, pleasure, relaxation and taking care of your yourself is taken to a new level. Far famed Bormio Terme with its therapeutical baths is the place where you can pamper both, your body and soul. All while admiring spectacular mountain view that surrounds this historical buildings. Terme Bagni Vecchi, as this is the oryginal name of the place, stole my heart already at the parking slot once I saw this well preserved stamp of a history placed in the picturesque valley. If you are searching for something more than just a regular SPA, this is the place to feed your aesthetic desires and get the best out of healing hot springs.
Best options of getting to Bormio
Bormio town is located in Alta Valtellina, in the heart of the Alps and it’s actually very close to the border with Switzerland. The distance is about 125 miles (200 km) from Milan, 149 miles (240 km) from Zurich (CH) and 80 miles (130 km) from Bolzano. The closest airports on the Italian side are Bergamo and Milan, but you can also choose Zurich airport that is located even closer.
How to find the right Bormio Terme?
First of all, you need to know that once you will arrive in Bormio you can get confused very easily. There there are more than one baths in town and you need to know what to search for. You can find in Bormio:
QC Terme Bagni Vecchi – famous historical baths, located at centuries old caves that lead to one of the ancient water sources. Timeless and unique place on the Italian map.
QC Terme Bagni di Bormio Bagni Nuovi – these baths are just another, newer part of the old baths, but located in a different area. This place is also beautiful and worth visiting, but doesn’t have this vintage vibes of Bagni Vecchi. I would advise you to visit that one after Bagni Vecchi, if you will still have time.
Terme di Bormio – the easiest to find as it’s located closer to the Bormio center and marked very well. This is a unit of communal pools and my sincere advise is to avoid it at any cost. We gave it a try and it was a series of disappointments. Pools and water itself were dirty, the place was noisy and overcrowded. Overall experience of this place had nothing to do with relaxation.
Important essentials you need to know about Terme Bagni Vecchi
We came to Terme Bagni Vecchis for one day only to make a little break from our week long skiing trip. I can honestly say I wish we could have stayed longer. Time flies when you focus on relaxation and I did’t even notice when the full day passed. Also, there are few practical things I wish I knew before traveling to Bormio:
- If you are not staying overnight in Terme Bagni Vecchi, you can still visit the place for a daily spa and it’s open from 10 am till 8pm (till 9pm on Fridays and 11pm on Saturdays).
- If you are traveling with kids the bad news are that kids are not allowed to enter baths. The minimum age to enter is 14.
- The cost of a full day at the spa is 48 euro from Monday to Friday and 54 euro on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
- The entrance ticket includes also: flop flops, robe, towel and free access to cosmetics available in the changing room (really great choice and quality!).
- The pool, baths, outside bath tubes and sun beds are all included in the price but any additional treatments like massages are charged separately and it’s recommended to book it upfront.
- There is a refreshing area at the baths with delicious complimentary tea and water.
- You can have lunch in the little restaurant on the first floor. Food options are very diverse, all is fresh and delicious although it’s not the most affordable place. The cost is 22 euro per person for a buffet style meal without drinks.
Are there any accommodation options in Bormio?
If you only don’t have budget limitations, I would advise you to stay at Terme Bagni Vecchi hotel. This hotel is truly beautiful and its interior decor perfectly reflects the historical vibe of the place. And lets not forget about scenic mountain view that gives you goosebumps! The cost of one night stay is around 300 euro and includes breakfast and unlimited enter to spa enter. Other, and definitely cheaper, options are hotels or Airbnbs available in Bormio town.
If you love relax at SPA you may also want to read my other blog post on The Best SPA in Poland – Gleboczek Vine Resort & SPA.
Have a relaxing stay at Bormio!