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Getting to spend a day at the elegant, romantic QC Terme San Pellegrino spa, with a view of the majestic Italian Alps, is a real treat. Located in the middle of the green Brembana valley in Lombardy, this refined spa resort combines gorgeous natural surroundings, historic Art Nouveau buildings and luxurious treatments.

These thermal springs were popular since ancient times. Rumour has it that even Leonardo Da Vinci was a fan. So I jumped at the opportunity to visit the spa during my trip to the romantic city of Bergamo, which is just a stone’s throw from Milan. After all, who am I to doubt Leonardo Da Vinci, right?

About QC Terme San Pellegrino Spa

Within an impressive space of 6,000 sq.m. (about 65,000 sq. feet), the QC Terme San Pellegrino Spa offers a wide range of body and face treatments. From jacuzzi pools to Japanese baths, steam rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, man-made indoor waterfalls, massages, beauty treatments, aromatherapy sessions and much more.

Furthermore, the spa is conveniently close to Bergamo and its international airport. It is also not far from Milan either, which is ideal for a day trip.

Back in the day, people thought the water was “miraculous”. Even physicians would prescribe it as medicine for various illnesses. They would even mention specific quantities for patients to drink.

QC Terme San Pellegrino Spa
QC Terme San Pellegrino Spa

As time passed, people started bathing in the thermal water instead of drinking it. Eventually, at the start of the 20th century, San Pellegrino Terme became very popular with the European aristocracy. In fact, in 1906, the town got its very own luxury hotel and casino, to please its high-profile guests.

However, these days the casino belongs to the town of San Pellegrino and hosts official events. Moreover, with its rich Art Nouveau decor, it is also a popular venue for wedding celebrations.

The QC San Pellegrino Spa philosophy

The main goal of QC San Pellegrino Terme is to provide wellness via all the senses, even smell. With this in mind, thermal waters are the main focus of most treatments. However, the spa also puts an emphasis on aromatherapy, with fragrance oil burners in every corner.

The olfactory room
The “Olfactory Path” room

So much so, that there is a whole room dedicated to the sense of smell. It is called the “Olfactory Path” and has four pillars, each representing a smell and a season. In other words, there is a pillar for each of the four seasons and each one has a different fragrance.

The journey of the S.Pellegrino mineral water

S. Pellegrino water bottles

The journey of S.Pellegrino mineral water starts at 700 meters below the surface. In particular, it flows from natural springs at the foothills of the Italian Alps, in Val Brembana. Indeed, it takes a total of 30 years for it to reach the surface. As a result, this long journey makes the water naturally rich in mineral salts, calcium and magnesium.

Finally, when the water arrives at the bottling facility in San Pellegrino Terme, it gets an addition of natural carbon dioxide. Because of this, the water gets its signature bubbles and slightly bitter taste.

Natural juice drinks with S. Pellegrino water

A tour of the bottling factory

Given that San Pellegrino Terme is also the source of the mineral water by the same name, the bottling factory is also nearby. Apart from the bottling process, at the factory, I also saw the S. Pellegrino museum, which tells the brand’s story.

S. Pellegrino bottling facility

The company was founded back in 1899, at San Pellegrino Terme. In fact, in just one year, they had already sold 35,343 bottles of S. Pellegrino water. Finally, just two years later, in 1901, the thermal spa opened for business.

S. Pellegrino bottling facility

Nowadays, the S. Pellegrino sparkling water is at the tables of the best restaurants and hotels around the world. Also, while in Italy, don’t miss the chance to drink a San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverage. Not only they are made of real fruit juice and S.Pellegrino sparkling water, but they are delicious too. I really miss them indeed. Especially Chino! This drink is made from Sicilian Chinotti (a kind of citrus) and has a bittersweet, refreshing taste.

S. Pellegrino bottling facility


For one thing, in Italy, food is a big deal. It goes without saying then, that my trip wouldn’t be complete without a proper meal. I had the classic Lombardian menu at a local restaurant. Namely, casoncelli pasta with truffle, pork fillet with a side of polenta, tiramisu for dessert and, of course, lots of S. Pellegrino sparkling water.

More info:

QC Terme San Pellegrino
Viale della Vittoria, 53
24016 San Pellegrino Terme
Telephone: +39 0345.20102

S. Pellegrino website:

Disclaimer: I was a guest of the San Pellegrino Group and QC San Pellegrino Terme but all opinions are my own.


Eleanna is the founder of A Curious Compass and has been blogging since 2013. Her mixed ethnic background has made her curious about the world from a young age. Since her first solo trip at 18, she has visited and lived in many places, like London, Sao Paulo, Paris, and Toronto. Her mission is to inspire people to travel the world in style and get to know the soul of each destination.

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  1. Ludwig D. Messer Reply

    I believe my late Aunt from Germany visited a mineral water spa in Northern Italy, flying from Germany to Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy

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