History

The story of Grotta Giusti started in 1849 on a hill overlooking the town of Monsummano. Some labourers who were working in a limestone quarry owned by the Giusti family removed a large boulder and discovered the entrance to the cave. Upon further investigation, they found that the cave had water, and decided to inform Domenico Giusti. He ordered the entrance to be expanded and lowered some volunteers down to explore the natural well even more.
What awaited them underground was a magnificent spectacle of nature: stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the vaults and rising from the ground, tunnels and underground openings, and a pond of hot water which filled the entire place with its steam.
The explorers soon understood that the steam which made them sweat profusely had healing powers, particularly one individual who realised that the joint pain he was suffering from for years had suddenly disappeared. The news of this discovery spread quickly, arousing the interest of eminent doctors who studied the phenomenon and found scientific confirmation regarding the clinical effectiveness of the treatment.

In order to make visitors to the cave feel more comfortable, the Giusti family commissioned a series of treatment rooms to be built, so that this natural underground phenomenon could be turned into a proper spa retreat.

Once complete, the cave’s reputation started spreading far and wide, with more and more people wanting to experience the natural steam baths and their healing powers. The Thermal Cave was particularly popular with the French and English who started to visit Grotta Giusti more often as a destination for their summer holidays. In 1867, Giuseppe Garibaldi personally vouched for the therapeutic nature of the cave, and personally thanked the owners by sending them a letter. In 1880 the Royal Hotel was built, and soon started attracting nobles like the Prince of Naples and Giuseppe Verdi, who were all in awe of this eight wonder of the world.

Over the years, the cave has undergone significant changes and upgrades, which have made it safer and easier to access without disturbing its natural beauty. Grotta Giusti, as beautiful today as it once was, is officially the largest thermal cave in Europe, and a shining gem of our spa resort in Tuscany.
 
 
Winner of World Spa Awards
 
Winner of ESPA Innovation Award
 
Winner of tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
 
 
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