5 Natural Thermal Baths not to be missed
From the Alps to Sicily, a wellness route that comes from the earth
THE AMAZING PANORAMA OF BORMIO FREE HOT SPRINGS
The Terme Libere of Bormio is named after Leonardo da Vinci, who left testimony of his visit in his works, immortalizing the name of the famous spa resort in the famous Atlantic Code. They are located in the province of Sondrio, Lombardy, a short drive from the Stelvio National Park, and consist of tanks that collect the surplus waters of the establishments of Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi. Unlike these, spa of Bormio have a special charm. Here, in fact, you can immerse yourself in a hot pool at a tree line, lie back in the hot water in a pool at the edge of a creek with her back against the stones that seem to create a comfortable natural sun, and enjoy the warmth and the view that opens all around.
THE CHARM OF THE TUSCAN HILLS AT PETRIOLO HOT SPRINGS
Already known in Etruscan and Roman times, they are characterized by a hilly landscape and are immersed in the nature reserve of the Lower Merse, in Tuscany, surrounded by woods and hills. It is here, in this extraordinary position, combined with the functionality of the Spa, which rank the therapeutic thermal pools fed by hyperthermal water of over 43 degrees, that flows from the source on the river Farma. The water is rich of hydrogen sulfide, free carbon dioxide, calcium, fluoride and hydrogen carbonate, components that unaltered over time make it rich in healthy and beneficial properties remained. The hot springs are accessible both free or equipped at the thermal baths with adjoining hotel facilities.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY AT BULLICAME HOT SPRINGS
Located just outside Viterbo, Terme Bullicame are among the most famous since the ancient times and, in addition to being a place of wellness, they are also a historical and cultural attraction. Here, in fact, you can see the crater where water and mud come out on the surface between surface boiling, gas bubbles, splashes and vapors that suggested to the ancients the smoky and hot atmosphere of the underworld. Currently, the thermal spring is protected by a perimeter structure made of plexiglass, which prevents access to the curious, but at the same time lets you see both the spill crater, that the stele on which are carved the famous verses of the Divine Comedy that mention spa. It seems that the name derives from the fact that the waters are so hot that tend literally to "simmer" or, otherwise said, to "bullicare", also due to the high concentration of dissolved gas.
THE MAGIC OF NATURAL HOT SPRINGS OF CERCHIARA – GROTTA DELLE NINFE
Located in Calabria, the Terme of Cerchiara are characterized by a deep cleft that cuts through a rocky outcrop within which flows a stream of thermal water: a sort of narrow canyon called "the Nymphs' Cave”. According to the ancient legend, this secret cave kept the thalamus of the nymph Calypso. In the cave they are formed sludge known since the time of ancient Sibariti for their therapeutic properties. Classified as sulfur, the thermal waters gush out at a temperature of 30 degrees. In the spa you can make free stream water baths, but there is also the possibility to use the pay spa pool built in the large parking lot in front, which collects the water from the cave.
THE NATURAL HOT SPRINGS OF SORGETO: ON A CLIFF OVERLOOKING THE SEA
Very famous for its thermal baths and the health centers linked to the exploitation of its hyperthermal waters of volcanic origin, Ischia also preserves absolutely free sources, jealously guarded by the inhabitants of the island and unknown to tourists. One of these is set among rocks overlooking the sea at Sorgeto, in Panza, the municipality of Forio d'Ischia. It is a place of indescribable beauty, with hyperthermal water escaping from the seabed at a temperature close to 90 degrees, thus creating a valuable mixture of sea water and thermal water, used in spas and thalassotherapy, therapy that use sea water.