Big isn't always better, but it's hard not to love the sheer scale of the newly opened Merano Thermal Baths (thermemeran.it
) in Italy's mountainous South Tyrol region. Designed by celebrated Italian architect Matteo Thun, the expansive, steel-and-glass complex encompasses 25 indoor and outdoor sulfur-infused pools, fed by a thermal source located 2,350 m underground. The hot spring, which keeps the baths at a cozy 33°C, was originally discovered in 1836. All-natural therapiesincluding apple-bud baths, radon water massages and grape mudpacksare available alongside medical treatments for such ailments as rheumatism and hypertension. These reinvigorating therapies are offered in two...
To continue reading:
Want the full story?
Get TIME the way you want it
Week Digital Pass — $4.99
Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS — $2.99
Year ALL ACCESS — Just $30! Best Deal!
Print Magazine + Digital Edition +
Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com
Learn more about the benefits of being
a TIME subscriber
If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!