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Pope Boniface VIII, who was born in Ciociaria and knew the source and quality of water, so that it was a regular consumer. The praises of water “that cracks the rock” also appear in some letters written by Michelangelo to his nephew Leonardo in 1549. Only in Fiuggi, from the source of Boniface VIII and the Source of Anticolana, this unique mineral water springs, the only one to unite the diuretic properties the ability to “dissolve” and expel kidney stones and prevent their formation, are particularly suitable in the preparation of interventions for urinary stones and postoperative treatment. They are also an effective remedy for urinary tract infections, and because it held that the metabolism of uric acid, gout and prevent the formation of uric acid arthropathy.
The water of Fiuggi is bottled and distributed throughout Italy, but the best way to enjoy its benefits is to drink directly from the source. The waters of Fiuggi waters belong to the group of natural trace minerals. This characteristic is determined by the same tufa formation of the basin of Fiuggi, which, alternating layers of permeable, water filters that are so completely lost minerals.
Extremely effective in detoxifying treatments, they are especially indicated for the prevention and treatment of gout and kidney.

The source of Boniface VIII
The Source Boniface VIII was built at the beginning of the century, in an elegant Art Nouveau style which remains today the only impressive entrance. In the ’60s, in fact, the internal structure was completely renovated by architect Moretti and extends in a game of open and closed spaces, of bold architectural concrete and lush vegetazione.
La Source Boniface VIII to the place prepared by itself, what must be done in the morning on an empty stomach.
Its fountains, scattered in hundreds of large green areas and covered spaces, can simultaneously access up to 25,000 people. The impressive main hall allows, thanks to its heating systems, making the treatment of water in the winter months. But the source is not only a place of care. In addition to fountains and dispensing doctors ‘surgeries, in fact, there is a set of structures designed to make guests’ stay more pleasant: bars, coffee concert, multi-purpose rooms. Around the source extends a park of 80 hectares.
Until the nineteenth water treatments occurred at the source that arose in the place formerly known as the “asparagus”. The local government officials since that time they realized the importance of water and not to send built in this country lost a trough. Always the same water formed a pond full of fish much. In 1870 we were the first refurbishment work on coverage of the source and the first took place in 1890.
The first plant, entitled to Boniface VIII, was built in 1905 and opened in 1911 with nouveau classic structures that have disappeared now given way to the futuristic structure designed by the architect. Luigi Moretti. In fact since 1960 begins the phase of restructuring and expansion of the spa with a modern and functional. The arch. Luigi Moretti and Mario Ingram were able to articulate a harmonious play of open spaces and those covered, sometimes daring walks protected by reinforced concrete and are in the “mushroom” and “Arab tents” eloquent expression of style and modern architecture. The period of the previous structures Umbertino remains only the classic top entry.

The Source Anticolana
The Source Anticolana, also known as “new source” because it opened in the twenties, is most popular during the afternoon. Situated in a lovely location, offers guests some fountain in less, but offers beautiful walks through the gardens and tree-lined avenues of the park facilities.
Among the silver cedar, redwood trees and flowers of all kinds, in fact, there are tennis courts and bowling, mini golf, table tennis, a park and a children’s playroom. And ‘here, too, that is the Theatre of Sources, a stage that annually hosts major musical and cultural events of great prestige. Sources located in an area called “Pantano” feed the Source that extends in a park of 14 hectares. It ‘a huge garden with extraordinary specimens of trees and exotic plants surrounded by forests of chestnut trees, firs and cedars. Equipped with new facilities for recreation, sports and cultural events (including a capable theater), placed in an attractive green area, taste and nineteenth-century tradition.

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The name “dei Papi” – of the Popes – derives from the intervention of a third pope, Nicholas V, who was so impressed by the curative effects of the local waters that, in 1450, he had a splendid palace built here, in order to have somewhere to stay whenever he required treatment. The building had crenellated walls, beautiful cross-shaped windows and soaring vaulted ceilings in the halls and was known as the Pope’s Bath. Later, Pope Pius II remodeled and modernized the palace. Great poets and artists have left us precious references to the baths. Bullicame is mentioned several times in Dante’s Divine Comedy and in particular, in the XIV canto: “As from Bulicame a river comes forth that the sinning women then divide among themselves, so this one flowed down across the sand”.
Michelangelo, passing through Viterbo during one of his journeys to Rome (sometime between 1496 and 1536), was greatly impressed by the beauty of the baths and was inspired to do two pen drawings of them which today can admired at the Vicar de Lille Museum in France.

A twelve-kilometre fracture in the earth’s crust, through which hyper-thermal waters (40° – 58° C), rich in sulphurous  salts and calcium bicarbonate, magnesium, etc.,  are forced by the pressure of sulphurous  and carbonic gases. The most important and famous of all is Bullicame  – a luminous white mass of calcium.

The Bullicame spring, with its sulfate-sulfur alkali-iron fluoride waters and its 58°C temperature, has always been highly appreciated for its therapeutic properties. These characteristics are attributable to the chemical and physical composition of the spring which make it appropriate (and one of the most highly valued in Hydrological Medicine) for many kinds of therapeutic applications, in particular, in the cure and prevention of chronic disturbances of the whole breathing apparatus, in bone and joint pathologies, skin complaints, genital complaints and dysmetabolic diseases. Treatments using these waters are highly beneficial for all these complaints. The splendid 2,000 square-metre  monumental pool is fed by water from this spring.

Natural springs with different chemical and physical compositions are present within the grounds of the Terme dei Papi and are utilized in the therapies of a variety of medical complaints besides the ones already mentioned, and which include gastroenterology, angiology and stomatology. The Pope’s Bath, for example, with its carbonic-ferruginous properties is used in the treatment of peripheral vasculopathies.

Suggested accommodation for this area : VITERBO FLAT

Info and web address : http://www.termedeipapi.it/

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The Spa centre, which has always been known as Bagnarello, is situated inside the Stigliano Spa Park, very near the Grand Hotel. The refurbishing, which was completed in 2006, has given a new look to the establishment, and the treatment rooms are now much more comfortable and practical. Natural sulphur-iodic water flows from the many hot springs (at a temperature of from 36 to 56°C) which, mixed to the siliceous clay of the area, is used for mud treatments which are useful for treating rheumatic, inflammatory and post-trauma conditions, metabolic pathologies and skin diseases.
Other treatments include baths and showers, as well as aerosol, inhalation, insufflation, and especially steam treatments in the caves where the vapours released are used to cure skin, respiratory and inflammatory diseases affecting the larynx-pharynx system. The spa establishment is divided into three departments: Inhalations, mud treatments and steam caves. For 2007, the Lazio Region has accredited the June – September period. The Bagnarello staff are outstanding for experience and professional skill.
The medical team includes a group specifically dedicated to anti-age medicine, which is based on preventing aging and the chronic diseases linked to aging, to maintain a good quality of life. The therapeutic strategy, after careful and accurate medical assessment, is developed in two separate, but closely linked, spheres. Health treatments, consisting of prescriptions on lifestyle (correction of eating habits, remedying sleep disturbances), to rebalance fat/thin mass and indications for the future and complementary therapies for chronic diseases.
Aesthetic medicine, aimed at improving the physical aspect, composed of treatments for “skin rejuvenation”, body re-modelling, and maintenance of muscular tone.  The massages are carried out by an expert physiotherapist.
Two different sized open-air spa bathing pools are situated near the establishment, each with water of a different temperature. Inside the swimming pools guests can swim against the current, or practice anti-phlebitis exercises, Kneipp baths, or hydro massage.

Suggested accomodotions for this area: TREVIGNANO ROOMS

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The Baths of Cretone, immersed in surrounding nature and at the foot of the woods. terme di cretoneThey offer a unique opportunity for recreation and relaxation being equipped with three large swimming pools, a children’s pool, fed directly from the sulphurous thermal springs.
They use water known for its cosmetic and therapeutic properties since ancient times and since 1987 are recognized by health care for the treatment of skin diseases, biliary tract, stomach, and rheumatic diseases of the respiratory system. The spa Cretone allow yourself a day of wellness with her treatments, massages, spa treatments.
The complex has two soccer fields, a fitness area, three swimming pools from aimentate sulphurous thermal springs, 4 tennis courts, and for the evening. A restaurant, and ability to swim at night.
-Entry pools from 9.00 to 18.30
-Bathing season from May 24 to 28 September

Address:  Cretone di Palombara Sabina (RM) – Via dell’acqua Solfurea
Call: 0039.0774.615100
Web Site: www.termedicretone.it

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