PTL (Italian, n.)—the Italian translation for gym (palestra), tanning (tintarella), and laundry (lavanderia).
This wasnt a lovers bower; it was only a palestra, or an observatory.
The Spartan maidens were required to exercise in the palestra, almost naked, in the presence of men and strangers.
But when we leave the child "free as a man" in the palestra of his own intelligence, his type changes entirely.
For many things there be, which we must conceit and apprehend, as though we had had to do with an antagonist at the palestra.
early 15c., from Old French palestre (12c.), from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra "gymnasium, public place for exercise," originally "wrestling school," from palaiein "to wrestle" (of unknown origin) + -tra, suffix denoting place.