Life in Milan may have a slower pace than other European cities, but that doesn’t mean its residents don’t get worn out from time to time. When they need a break from the day-to-day, they enter the city’s ancient Spanish walls and sweat out their stress inside a vintage tram.
It’s a rather unique venue for a sauna, but quite fitting considering the history of QC Terme. That’s because the site was used by the Milan Transport Agency as a station for horse-drawn trams in the 1800s.
But today, there are no horses to be found – and the only place you’ll be transported to is the land of relaxation.
The lawn surrounding the tram is well manicured, and offers an abundance of lounge chairs. Whirlpools offer waterfalls and jets which aim to relax shoulder and back muscles, tone the back and buttocks, and stimulate circulation.
Water temperatures for the outdoor whirlpools are set a at a comfortable 34°C (93.2°F) in the summer and 37°C (98.6°F) in winter.
The view from the lawn is of Spanish walls built between 1548 and 1562, when Milan was under Spanish control.
Additional saunas and whirlpools, a salt room, and a steam room are just some of the many offerings that can be found inside QC Terme. Various relaxation rooms provide silent sanctuaries where you can snooze or read a book.
A variety of massages, facials, and other treatments are available at an extra cost.
Day passes include an all-you-can-eat light buffet consisting of fruit, breadsticks, yogurt, tea, and biscuits. Grazing at the buffet all day seems to satisfy the needs of most guests, but it’s also possible to dine on sushi, pasta, or fish for an extra €8.
Aperitivo is also included in the ticket price, beginning at 7 p.m. A flute of sparkling wine is served alongside meats, cheeses, and fruits.
The best part of QC Terme is that you needn’t worry about anything – just bring yourself and the desire to unwind. Guests are given robes, flip flops, and towels on arrival, as well as a card to use in the lockers. And, unlike other spas of its kind, there is no feeling of pretentiousness.
If you find yourself longing for a day of relaxation but fear it may devastate your wallet, you may be pleased to know that a day pass for a weekday is just €45 – significantly cheaper than other spas of the same caliber. A weekend day pass is €50.
You can save a bit of cash if you arrive after 5:30 p.m., and even more if you arrive after 7:30 p.m. A detailed price list can be found here.
Those wishing to receive a treatment may be better off purchasing the beauty day pass (€55 on weekdays, €60 on weekends), which includes a wellness event of your choice (mud pack, savonnage, or modellage).
Address: Piazza Medaglie D’Oro, 2
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m., weekends 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.