Something in the water
Palazzo Fiuggi, a luxurious wellness medical retreat in Italy’s Lazio region, draws its water from a legendary spring with healing powers
The natural springs of Fiuggi, which run through ancient volcanic deposits, have long been acclaimed for their healing properties. In the 14th century, Pope Boniface VIII took the 50-mile trek from Rome to seek the mineral waters, which he believed cured his kidney stones. A few hundred years later, Michelangelo visited the springs, successfully seeking respite from the same condition – something the great sculptor said was “the only kind of stone I couldn’t love”. Now the town is home to Palazzo Fiuggi, a luxury wellness retreat that provides sustenance and support for mind, body and soul.
“It’s all about getting yourself in shape and having a physical check-up with a focus on food and treatment,” says Lorenzo Giannuzzi, CEO and General Manager of the Forte Village luxury resort in Sardinia, who oversaw the €30-million refurbishment of Palazzo Fiuggi. “It’s like getting an annual service for your car, only for the body and mind. What I always find most incredible about Palazzo Fiuggi are the astonishing medical improvements clearly seen after just one week from the start of the programme. When you arrive, you do a blood analysis. Then you do it again seven days later and you can see a substantial difference in all the important areas.”
The palazzo is on a hilltop within its own private 8.5-hectare park. Sustainability is an essential part of the philosophy, with the spa using organic or eco-certified products in its kitchens and showers. Luxurious guest rooms have brilliant views to bring natural light into each space, while the contemporary décor complements the charm and character of the Art Nouveau building, completed in 1913. There are beautiful gardens to explore, a tennis court and Padel court, and guests can use the 18-hole golf course in the local area, while the charming and tranquil town of Fiuggi sits on the doorstep.
Visitors come to Palazzo Fiuggi for a variety of reasons: detox or regeneration, weight loss and fitness, or to boost the immune system following illness. Whatever the need, Palazzo Fiuggi sets visitors on the road to wellness with programmes designed to purify, nourish, energise and connect. Expert practitioners fuse ancient holistic disciplines with advanced science and traditional Western medicines to promote greater wellbeing, health and longevity. Guests have a personalised private consultation with scientists and doctors before receiving a customised pathway to wellness. At Fiuggi, no two guest experiences will be the same.
The ancient natural springs are the life blood of Palazzo Fiuggi, nurturing the wellbeing of every guest. Diet is essential to the process, too, and the palazzo offers a unique menu developed by the three-star Michelin chef Heinz Beck in collaboration with a specialist in genetics. Personal menus can be created based on an individual’s needs and intentions, using organic and biodynamic ingredients, some of which are grown in the kitchen garden. Treatment and diet are tailored to each guest’s unique requirements for a 360-degree programme of wellbeing.
“We use food as medicine,” says Lorenzo. “It is all anti-inflammatory and prepared by one of the best chefs in the world who has an incredible passion for health-giving food. That brings such amazing benefits. It is just one of the ways that we take very good care of our guests. I know from the thousands of people we have had to stay how much better they look when it’s time to leave. They have better colour, better posture – everything about them is healthier and happier.”