Under Doctor’s Orders: Terme di Comano

Under Doctor's Orders: Terme di Comano | ©Tom Palladio ImagesHonesty is the best policy, right? Well, truth be told, the only reason that I’m sorta-kinda on vacation is that I’ve been sent packing to Terme di Comano (TdC) for two weeks by my physician.

Doctor D suggested that I undergo a series of thermal baths at TdC to treat a skin disorder that I’ve been doing battle with for the past three-plus years. Supposedly, the mineral makeup of the mountain spring water around these parts — rich in bicarbonate, calcium and magnesium — is ideal for treating what ails me. With nothing to lose, I agreed with my doc and decided to take the plunge.

So, for the next 15 days I’ll be staying in the upscale Grand Hotel Terme (GHT), the only hotel right on the grounds of TdC, where I’ll be pampered morning, noon and night — if I so desire — to ensure that I get the most benefit out of the local H2O.

The TdC — surrounded by lush greenery, ponds, waterfalls and a river — is located in the vast Adamello Nature Park and surrounded by the Brenta Group of the Dolomite Mountains in the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy.

Under Doctor's Orders: Terme di Comano | ©Tom Palladio ImagesIn between my two-a-day soakings — early morning and early evening — I’ll have plenty of time on my hands, and I plan to fill it with daily photo shoots to the many different and interesting locales that are within an easy drive from my retreat.

I’ll save the reporting on the GHT — it’s first-class service, discreet staff, incredible dining, wonderful wines, and, most importantly, its convenient TdC-certified, in-room spa therapies — at the end of my stay.

For now, enjoy the views around the park-like grounds of TdC and inside the GHT.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images




Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. I’m sorry you have to deal with the skin condition but the (hopeful) cure sounds quite lovely!! I’m looking forward to seeing the photos and, in two weeks, hearing all about it. That tart or whatever looks amazing!



  2. I would please like Doctor’s D phone number and address. I think I need a prescription from him. Hope the beautiful surroundings are enough to overcome the reason you are there.


    1. Angeline — Here in Italy, the national health care system affords its card-carrying members one spa treatment a year to cure or at least alleviate what ails you. I’m sure I’ll be back here around this time next year.


  3. Enjoy your rejuvenation….that scenery would set my heart aflutter. I look forward to seeing more wonderful images….that fruit tartlet looks absolutely scrumptious! Best to you, 🙂


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