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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 therapies—including apple-bud baths, radon water massages and grape mudpacks—are available alongside medical treatments for such ailments as rheumatism and hypertension. These reinvigorating therapies are offered in two...

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