Episode #93 - Grotta Giusti Spa Hotel in Tuscany,
against the rolling green hills of Tuscany, the Hotel Spa
Grotta Giusti is our first stop on our Hippy Gourmet, Great
Spas of Italy Tour!
Giusti is situated inside its own beautiful park and boasts
a variety of very peaceful settings, nestled in the lush
greenery amidst the sounds of birds all around.
guided through the magical 19th century history of Grotta
Giusti, by hotel manager Antonio Niccoli. Grotta Giusti
was founded in 1849 by … and later some workers discovered
the amazing and elaborate underground caves that make up
the Grotta. Divided into three categories, Paradise, Purgatory
and Hell, the Grotta is a natural steam bath and gets hotter
and hotter as one travels deeper and deeper down into the
above, the natural healing waters fill the enlarged Olympic
sized pools and waterfalls, which have been designed to
maximize the therapeutic capabilities through Jacuzzi jets
and high powered streams. The Spa manager Sandro Baronti
takes on a tour of this modern Spa that surrounds the thermal
baths and that offers a paradise of soothing and cosmetic
therapies. We also visit with Stefania Orzali, a therapist
in the spa who demonstrates how the fantastic light therapy
bed works with the colors and frequencies of the spectrum…very
psychedelic and cool!
the true Italian Spa experience with the culinary gourmet
and organic ingredients, we meet Paolo Fruchi Restaurant
Manager and Chef Fabio Fanti, who explains to us how the
spa and kitchen are linked in a way that brings the greatest
health and wellness to each client.
we prepare a fresh Seafood Antipasto, with sustainable seafood
from the Mediterranean that includes Langostines, Shrimp,
Muscles and Clams…all steamed to perfection and dressed
very lightly in a natural Olive Oil and herb sauce. Fantastic!
Chef Fabio creates a stunning Seared Tuna with black and
white Sesame seeds, garnished with steamed organic veggies,
and dressed with a colorful Safron, White Wine and Shallot
the bar we meet Andrea Balleri who was awarded best bar
man of the year in 2004 in Singapore! Andrea makes us his
house special Grotta Giusti cocktail that includes a wide
variety of sweet and tangy ingredients.
better way to finish off the episode and meal than to have
Crepes Suzette! Here we meet Pasquale LaPore who is the
master of the flambé and shows us how to light up
one heck of a dessert! His special version of this classic
dish includes local fresh organic berries and a sprinkling
of toasted almonds to top it all off! Wow! To Die for!
isn’t a way to describe the best part about Grotta
Giusti, because frankly there are just way too many incredible
facets to this awe-inspiring and relaxing spa hotel. The
natural surroundings, the mysterious and healing caves that
make up the Grotta, the luxurious pools, saunas and spa
treatments that pamper every want or need, there’s
just so much positive energy coming from this place! But
probably what heals people the most at Grotta Giusti are
the staff that make it their life’s work to bring
tranquility to each and every person who walks through their
give Grotta Giusti a set of Gold 5 Stars!