Known since ancient Roman times, in an enviable location in the lush Val di Lima, the thermal springs of Bagni di Lucca lived the first period of fame in the eleventh century, at the time of Matilde di Canossa, but it was during the government of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, Princess of Lucca and Piombino, which the town took on international reputation.Among the many poets who lived at Bagni di Lucca there is Dante, who passed for Montefegatesi to escape the Florentine killers and, passing through the Ravine Botri, took inspiration to write the Inferno. Richard Church in 1958 wrote the lyrics “Bagni di Lucca” inspired by the natural beauty and the effectiveness of the thermal springs:

Alle acque,salubri, ai ruscelli
Alle aure che Milton ai cieli
Assegnò,credenti o infedeli, di
Fegato e d’arti ribelli malati sicuri affidate.
I Bagni in eterno vivranno,
seppur lor bellezze incantate
ridite i poeti non sanno. 

Among the curious events that occurred at Bagni di Lucca, we should mention the passage of Hannibal, who was going to fight Roma being protected by the Ligurians, who, during a camp at the confluence between Lima and Serchio, decided to build ovens either to cook bread or to make weapons. (Legend of the foundation of Fornoli). Both Boccaccio and the novelist Sercambi set a novel at the thermae of Bagni di Lucca.

Between the XVI century and the Napoleonic period Bagni di Lucca saw continuous visits of foreign guests including various sovereigns. Here the Grand Duchess Della Rovere came to cure her infertility, accompanied by Fallopio, fully recovering from his problems.

With the arrival of the French began the tradition of carnival chariots between Villa and Ponte and the beautiful Theater of Bagni di Lucca hosted the debut of the operas that were then recited in Italy. This consuetude was maintained, to a lesser degree, until the end of Second World War. Metternich, after the Congress of Vienna, came to spend some time within the waters along with seven German sovereign waters (called by the local elders “7 Kings”).

The Thermal waters of Bagni di Lucca have also been a place of inspiration for poets such as Byron, Shelley, Heine, Lamartine, Quida, Giacosa, Tosti, Carducci, Montale or composers such as Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni among the others.



The history of Bernabò Bath dates back to the early decades of 1500s. The source, which here flows, has a temperature of 39,2 ° C

Since ancient times these waters were known and appreciated for the treatment of skin diseases. In times to us very remote, the place where gushed the hot water was told by villagers Bagno della Rogna, because the farmers came there to wet the animals affected by mange.

In 1593 the Republic of Lucca authorized the construction of a small thermal plant,following the opinion of the College of doctors who examined the case of recovery from a very bad form of skin disease of a certain Nicolò Bernabò from the city of Pistoia. Bernabo’ come to Bagni di Lucca in 1578 looking for a relief from a very heavy skin disease.

He took residence in Ponte a Serraglio and every morning took bath at several spring waters in the neighborhoods. One day the sick man alone did the climb that leads from the village to St. John and fell in the muddy ground near a spring thermal water within the trees. After avoiding suffocation by the slime he noticed that his wounds were almost completely healed in contact with hot thermal water and the slime flowing there. The case was then examined by renowned doctors from Lucca Matteo Pissini and Vincenzo Bandinelli who confirmed the almost complete healing of the sick man. The Republic of Lucca ordered to build the small first thermal building and named it “Bagni Bernabò”.


For a long time the story of the invalid Bernabò seemed to be more like a legend, but when in 1774 it was given to the press the diary of the trip to Italy that the great French thinker Michel de Montaigne wrote in the second half of the sixteenth century, people realized that the legend of Bernabò has a strong basis in reality. The terrace in front of the Bernabò bath that nowadays is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Bruno Cherubini (1910-1976) was built on the initiative of the government of Maria Luisa of Bourbon.

The German poet Heinrich Heine, who stayed in Bagni di Lucca in the summer of 1828 wrote “I’ve never seen such a beautiful valley, especially from the terrace of the Bernabò, where there are the blacks cypresses, you look down into the village. There you see a bridge astride a little river called the Lima, dividing the village into two parts, and rushes in small cascades over boulders making a noise as if to say the sweetest things and does not find a way of herself understood overwhelmed by multiple echo chatter. ” The Count of Longano G. De Filippis-Delphic, based on his memories and fantasies about ‘Bagni di Lucca, published in 1834 recalls the bathroom Bernabò in his heroic verse

A special mention also about the house next door to the Bernabò Bath (and that since some decades houses the Hotel of the same name), where took up residence in 1910 Sir Francis Vane founder of Boys Scout


Hosted by its original ancient architecture, the Center Bernabò offers a wide choice of treatments directed to beauty and well-being.

Massages, preferably preceded by a relaxing and invigorating hot bath, represent a nice opportunity for both a relaxing break during the day, either as part of a course of treatment over multiple days at our center able to get you back in shape and enjoy other recreation opportunities that the area has to offer. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the treatments developed by our experts for the face, those designed for the body, hands, legs, feet, nails, hair.


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