Recently, the New York Times did something that made my life a whole lot easier. It stopped charging for access to its archives, which means that in this blog, when I see a great New York Times travel article on a destination I think you all might be interested in, I can link to it and not worry that if you don't click on the link within the first few weeks, you won't be able to read the article.
In celebration, I want to point out an article about natural spas close to Rome in Italy. I'm always on the lookout for ideas beyond the big cities (and Tuscany), and this fits the bill perfectly, since the springs are convenient to Rome, but not actually in the city.Some of the spas are free, while others charge a membership fee that goes towards maintenance. The experience isn't for everyone; to embrace the experience you've got to be cool with the eggy sulfur smell of the springs and the prevalence of Speedos, but for the hardy, it sounds like a fantastic way to experience a slice of Italian life.