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March 4, 2007updated Nov 17, 2022

The 4 Best Spas in Florence

By Chris Boyle

Allow yourself to be transported to another world of relaxation and beauty with our top spa and therapist recommendations

Body Care Benessere Day SPA

Piazza S.Caterina d’Alessandria 1 – 50129

Located in downtown Florence, close to the magic of the city’s churches, piazzas and monuments of the Renaissance, the Body Care Benessere Day SPA is a place for relaxation of body and spirit.

Stop to enjoy the benefits of our sauna, Turkish baths, two pools with Jacuzzis, multi-sensory shower relaxation area and follow up with beauty treatments and a massage to tone, drain and purify. The Day SPA is an atmospheric and exclusive environment where qualified staff provide personalized wellbeing treatments with the use of precious essences, active mud and exclusive cosmetics. A lounge of wellness, the Day SPA hosts a limited number of customers at any one time to discover a new dimension of wellbeing.

Body Care is a center for the care of the body that also includes an advanced technical center and the new Medical Division. Encompassing 2,000 square feet, with 22 treatment rooms and 40 professional beauticians, Body Care uses the latest technology for the treatment of face and body with an evergreater range of services available for customers who require visible results immediately. From cellulite to stretch marks, weight loss, firming-up, anti-ageing treatments and permanent hair removal to manicures, pedicures and nail care, all treatments are customized by Body Care. Finally, the Body Care Medical Division employs a team of specialists and doctors for targeted anti-ageing care including plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, dermatologists, nutritionists, osteopatologists and psychologists that can be consulted at any time.

Gabrio Staff

When you’re in need of pampering and relaxation, Gabrio Staff can offer a blissful beauty salon experience for guests who won’t accept second best. The Hair Spa was born out of a belief that each guest should enjoy their appointment with a stylist as a moment exclusively theirs.

The hair care treatments are an innovative blend of hair styling and massage skills. In the past you would expect to sit at a sink while a stylist washed your hair. Gabrio Staff breaks with this tradition, treating the washing of hair as a beauty ritual. On arrival, each guest is wrapped in a soft bathrobe and invited to relax on a chaise longue, letting them savor the soothing touch of the specialist’s hands on their head, neck, shoulders and arms. The welcoming ‘senses’ massage stimulates circulation and rebalances the hair’s cuticle pH while preparing the mind and body for total relaxation. The shampooing process relaxes the hair and eliminates anxiogenic agents, and the rinsing water is poured from crystal pitchers, enhancing the effects of the manual massage with a water massage.

The personal beauty treatments range from a reinvigorating masque and the Basic Hair Spa with a leg and foot massage, to the ‘Silk’ treatment with an exfoliating leg massage and Hydra with a mini-facial and exfoliating massage. The most exclusive service is the ‘4 hands Hair Spa’, which involves one masseuse to relax your head and shoulders, while another massages your arms and legs. The service also includes a mini-facial and an exfoliating massage.

The décor of the Hair Spa is based on comfort and privacy. The exterior retains the charm of historical Florence, while the contemporary interior makes delicate use of sand and ivory tones, spot lighting and white stones from Massa-Carrara. The four VIP cabins are the pinnacle of style and comfort.

In addition to the Hair Spa, Gabrio Staff features a salon for hairstyling and a wellness center for a range of Ayurvedic and Indian massages. Gabrio Staff is open Monday 1pm – 8pm and Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 8pm.

Anna Spano

+39 055 214 668

Via De’ Tornabuoni, 5

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Treatment and facilities: This outstanding spa is located within Giardino della Gherardesca, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze’s 11-acre private garden.

The spa uses a bespoke range of natural products formulated by one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Pierre Yves Rochon is responsible for the spa lounge’s chic cream and black interior, which provides the perfect backdrop for carefully chosen pieces of classical art. The nine treatment rooms in the main building have stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary mosaics and polished oak floors. The true highlight is the opulent VIP Couple’s Suite. Located in a separate building, the Couple’s Suite has corniced ceilings, a freestanding bath and a fireplace in the lounge area. To ensure absolute discretion, the extensive windows face directly on to the Suite’s own private garden area.

Signature treatment: The Sense of Well-Being. Available in the VIP Couple’s Suite, allow your body to experience a state of total relaxation over three delicious pampering hours. The treatment consists of an eightstep ritual including a foot soak, rose water toning treatment, Tuscan exfoliating scrub and a pureness facial. Sheer heaven.

Spa Director: Lucia Papalini

+39 055 262 6261

Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121


Formerly a print works and located in the heart of ancient Florence, Soulspace underwent careful restoration and opened as a spa in 2007.

It offers high vaulted ceilings, muted tones and gentle lighting giving guests space to truly let go and relax. There are six treatment rooms, a heated indoor pool and a Turkish hamam. Between treatments, clients can relax with a book and a soft drink in the decked garden or lounge area, where delicate perfumes and melodious music drift through the air. The spa offers a light menu of herbal infusions, fresh vegetables, and fruit and yoghurt.

Signature treatment: Aromasoul Arabian Day Spa. To achieve complete relaxation, book an entire day at Soulspace. Relax in the warm indoor pool before experiencing an invigorating Turkish bath. Follow this by a firming eye treatment that nourishes and elasticizes the skin to relax and revitalize tired eyes. Rose and fruit extracts are used to re-plump lips, while ancient Oriental, Mediterranean, Indian and Arabian traditions are combined in the aromasoul ritual scrub. End your day in complete bliss with a soothing Arabian massage.

Spa Director: Dr. Zelal Elbistan

+39 055 200 1794

Via S. Egidio 12, 50122

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