The hot springs of Viterbo
Source ... of well-beinge
The rich band of thermal springs and natural mud, which covers the territory of Viterbo, extends for over 12km and goes from north to south of the city.
Its epicentre is located at the source of the Bullicame, described by Dante in Canto XIV of Hell.
These sulphurous-sulphate and alkaline thermal waters of Viterbo were previously known to the Etruscans and subsequently to the Romans who built at least 14 water-works, the ruins of which are still to be found today. At its source the water is around 58° and has wonderful therapeutic properties thanks to the presence of many minerals.
In the spa area if Viterbo there are so-called free zones where you can swim freely and enjoy the thermal waters.
As an alternative there are more structured establishments where you can take advantage of various therapeutic services and accessories.
The thermal waters of Viterbo were also appreciated by many popes including Pope Boniface VIII and Nicholas V.
The later had a magnificent palace built there in 1500 so he could avail of such an incredible natural patrimony when he needed to.
The spas present in Viterbo have recently been renovated and expanded, reaching a truly high standard of quality.
At the same time many voluntary groups or associations have been founded (the Friends of Bagnaccio and Masse di San Sisto) with the aim of constantly maintaining and cleaning specific thermal areas around the city.