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The thermal baths.. the waters of well-being

Wellness and health
17 Febbraio 2012

The thermal baths.. the waters of well-being

At the Umbrian thermal baths, a regenerating break dedicated to the well-being of both the spirit and the body.

Umbria. Far from the sea, enclosed in the green and wooded heart of Italy and yet it is the realm of water. Water runs through the valley, seeps through the karst rock and unexpectedly flows into springs located in the woods, warbling in capricious brooks, it extends becoming peaceful laky mirrors which are channelled along ancient Roman aqueducts, entering villages and cities, this unique gift of nature, explodes from the many admirable fountains, man's work of art. The rich springs with countless beneficial properties, are the pride of this mystical and miraculous land, just like its water that since ancient times were valued and sought after by noble patricians, popes and emperors, but also by ordinary people who credited it with every kind of health benefit. Still today, the names of it sources are noted beyond national borders.

Mineral and thermal waters.

San Gemini, Rocchetta, Angelica and Flaminia, Fonte Tullia, Fabia, Rugiada or Fonte Aura are just some of the many extremely light mineral waters because of their oligomineral or medium-mineral, each with different properties and compositions, bottled and marketed for their health benefits and taste. But many of them, known since antiquity, are also used for relaxing and regenerating health and well-being holidays. Surrounded by green fields and beautiful parks the springs are equipped with accommodations and world renowned health spas, they also enjoy the benefit of being in proximity to charming villages that dot Umbria's hills and valleys. In short, an excellent opportunity to take care of oneself and loved ones in the most natural way.


Le terme di Fontecchio (Fontecchio thermal baths)

There are a few dotted all over the region, starting with the high end of Umbria, with the Terme di Fontecchio, near Città di Castello, in an area rich in artistic beauty, but also immersed in an enchanting landscape. Here, Pliny the Younger would accompany is beautiful wife for regeneration therapy. The chilly waters (16° C), medium-mineral bicarbonate-alkaline-sulphurous, are ideal as a beverage, but also as mud therapy, beauty and dietary treatments, inhalation for respiratory tract problems and hydro-massage useful in orthopaedic rehabilitation.


San Gemini

Very famous for their healthiness, water from S. Gemini spring come from the deepest aquifers of Monti Martani and their carbon composition with calcium salts, are valuable in the treatment of osteoporosis. The proximity to the spring was the main reason for the founding of Carsulae, a beautiful and prosperous ancient Roman tourist centre, the ruins can still be seen today. Therefore, one holiday can satisfy desires for both health and culture. But it's not enough. The park at the Sangemini spring is beautiful: pines, oaks and wandering deer. A paradise for those who feel the need to relax in nature! Those, however, who feel the need to release tension and daily stress, and require physical activity, here the opportunities abound: healthy walks and tennis courts are available to the guests.


Le Terme di S. Francesco

In a fascinating setting of fortresses and castles, ancient villages and city walls, lies the charming Terme di Acquasparta park. Here, between two olive tree covered cliffs, the Fonte di S. Franceso springs forth, considered among the most precious in Italy, not only because they were blessed by St. Francis of Assisi during one of his visits, but especially for their high diuretic and decongestant strengths; ideal in the treatment of arthritis, and kidney inflammation.


Le acque dei Papi

Multiple sources close to Nocera Umbra are valued for their medicinal properties since the Renaissance period. The spring Flaminia a Le case, "l'acqua del Cacciatore a Schiagni and the very ancient spring Angelica, at Bagni, known as Acqua Santa (holy water) or "Acqua dei Papi" (water of the Popes), because they were particularly appreciated by the Popes since the sixteenth century. The architecture of the spa buildings are also of particular interest: Palazzo Vecchio early seventeenth century and Palazzo Nuovo in the eighteenth century that fell into disuse in the following centuries and was rebuilt and is now used again. Terme di Spello, of San Faustino and of Triponzo at Spello, just before the church of Santa Maria alla Rotonda, the ancient sulphur springs were again exploited by a modern facility with residential and outpatient facilities, indoor swimming pools, hydrotherapy tubs, thermal hydro-massage, all located within a 50,000 sq.m. park with a private lake for fishing and a small island with a restaurant. Also in S. Faustino, just south of Massa Martana, guests can enjoy a modern hotel equipped with every comfort. The waters, which are named after a twelfth century Benedictine monastery are cold bicarbonate-alkaline-earthy with a strong diuretic function. Great help in the treatment of liver, skin and digestive tract diseases. Triponzo, has the only Umbrian spring which flows hot, the temperature is just over 30° C. This thermal bath has also recently been renovated.

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