Surrounded by rolling green hills, Salsomaggiore Terme lies between the provinces of Parma and Piacenza, in
the heart of northern Italy and the Po Valley, about an hour from Milan and Bologna.
An ideal destination for those looking for a place to relax, the spa resort, with its exquisitely Art Nouveau-Deco imprint, is particularly recommended for relieving oneself from the stressful times of the city thanks to the quiet surroundings, the wide green spaces and its wellness center where one can perform regenerating treatments.
The characteristic face of the spa was built as early as the end of the 19th century, and in the flourishing Art Deco season Terme Berzieri asserted itself as a symbol of the city not only for its thermal waters but also for its art and architecture. Inaugurated in 1923 to a design by Ugo Giusti and Giulio Bernardini, Galileo Chini's decorations imprinted the grandiose building with its unmistakable Art Nouveau-Deco imprint. Terme Berzieri also serves as the hub for an itinerary on Art Nouveau that winds its way through the city, starting with the overlooking Pozzo Scotti, whose glass and wrought-iron cage was placed in 1912 to highlight the salso-bromo-iodine water that still gushes out today. Continuing along the path, you come across the Palazzo dei Congressi, formerly the Grand Hotel Des Thermes, erected in 1901 from a design by Luigi Broggi, decorated by Milanese artists Valentini and Mazzucotelli and later frescoed by Galileo Chini.
In addition to the Salsomaggiore Thermae, the indoor pool at the Porro and Valentini Hotels offers salsobromojodic waters at a temperature of 31°C.
The spa town in the early 1960s enjoyed great fame when Sofia Loren came to treat herself and also because Salsomaggiore became a fixed venue for the "Miss Italy" beauty contest. In the sports arena, champions of the caliber of Pietro Mennea and Sara Simeoni came to cure their ailments by undergoing the miraculous baths and mud baths of the spa town. Gelindo Bordin and Alessandro Lambruschini also used to finish their preparation before major events by running in the rolling hills of the village.