From ancient Rome to the present day, Italians have always been experts in relaxation.
So after an adventurous time spent marvelling at the wonders of Rome, what better way to relax than to follow their ancient customs with a spot of bathing and massage?
Fortunately there are lots of tempting treats on offer around the city, from low-key day spas to havens of indulgence at luxury resorts.
We’ve selflessly researched the best spas in Rome to help you find a moment of serenity while exploring this vibrant city.
QC Terme RomaIf you’ve just landed in Rome, you can head straight to this luxurious spa resort straight from the airport.
Located in a former bathhouse within a protected Roman archaeological site, the Oasis of Porto, this spa offers regenerating waterfalls, pools with underwater music, bio-saunas, salt bath, solarium and an infinity pool. Via Portuense. qctermeroma.it
Combining the ancient customs of Roman bathing with Finnish and Japanese traditions and more modern techniques such as chromotherapy, it offers a tranquil space to revitalise body and mind.
A range of massages are available to sooth and soften muscles, calm stress and invigorate. But the QC spa also offers a tailor-made option, with oils, aromas and even music personally selected to suit your individual needs. Via Portuense. qctermeroma.it
Victoria Regeneration SpaEscape busy Rome with a day retreat to the coast of Ostia, where the beachside Victoria Regeneration Spa will restore, rebalance and nourish.
The extensive menu of treatments includes seaweed scrubs, Sisley facials, Ayurvedic massages and a thalasso detox. The unique Gold Star treatment uses the detoxifying and anti-aging properties of gold to create a luxurious body scrub and massage. There is also a relaxing hammam steam bath and Turkish bath, ice fountain and bio-sauna on site to awaken the senses. Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli. www.victoriaregenerationspa.it
Spa at Trilussa Palace Hotel
The Trilussa Palace has a spa with a difference, consisting of three exclusive and private wellness theme areas: Domus, inspired by ancient Rome; Moon, the technological Spa, featuring new technologies that create an impressive atmosphere and Maya, inspired by the culture of the pre-Columbian people.
But that’s not all – you also get to enjoy breath-taking views from the hotel’s rooftop bar after a day’s pampering. Piazza Ippolito Nievo. www.trilussapalacehotel.it
Argiletum Spa & Wellness
This Monti-based haven will recharge your batteries so you’re ready to explore all that Rome has to offer.
A stone’s throw from the Colosseum, with a luxury terrace overlooking the city, Argiletum offers hydromassage, a sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation corner with herbal teas, as well as personalised massages and treatments. Via della Madonna Dei Monti. www.argiletumspa.com
Doma Luxury Spa
Located near Piazza Navona, the Doma specialises in its eponymous massage session, incorporating several massage techniques into one treatment.
A wellness program of Turkish baths, experience showers, massage and chromotherapy provide a clear break from the hectic pace of everyday life. Via di Parione. www.domaspa.com
El SpaA traditional hammam in the centre of Rome, this spa includes rituals of the most ancient traditions to restore your balance.
You can enjoy the hammam experience alone or with your partner.
Or relax in El’s pools, where you can immerse yourself in waters with regenerating properties, following the ancient tradition of the Roman baths, the transition from the calidarium (hot bath) to the frigidarium (cold bath), which has a stimulating effect on blood circulation. Via Plinio. www.elspa.it
Caschera Spa at Palazzo MontemartiniInspired by the ancient Baths of Diocletian nearby, this exclusive spa at Palazzo Montemartini draws upon the healing properties of water to create a unique experience.
Soft natural light illuminates the spa, which boasts an hydrotonic indoor heated pool, jacuzzi with bubble beds, cervical waterfalls, swimming against the tide, sensory showers, chromotherapy sensory showers, as well as a Finnish shower, sauna, Turkish bath, salt room and relaxation area. Largo Giovanni Montemartini. www.radissonhotels.com
Cavalieri Grand Spa Club at Rome Cavalieri
A ‘Mediterranean oasis’ in the Montemario area of Rome, the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club offers utter luxury, from its hydro-massage waterfall, ancient bath style pool area, chromotherapy treatment rooms, his-and-her saunas, three outdoor pools, and even an open fire in winter.
The spa uses La Prairie and Aromatherapy Associates Swiss products for facial treatments, with a range of body treatments including massages, reflexology, waxing and tanning showers. Via Alberto Cadlolo. romecavalieri.com
St. Peter’s Spa at Crowne Plaza Rome
On the doorstep of Villa Pamphili, St Peter’s offers a spiritual awakening through its range of holistic treatments.
In addition to a full range of massages and other treatments using Yon-Ka products to restore your equilibrium, the spa has a ZEN grotto with Dead Sea mud and an outdoor pool during the summer period. Via Aurelia Antica. stpeters-spa.com
Rocco Forte Spas at Hotel De Russie
This elegant spa at the five-star Hotel de Russie offers an extensive range of indulgent treatments and rituals.
Facilities include a a Finnish sauna, and salt water hydropool. Via del Babuino. roccofortehotels.com