Italy thermal waters

Wellness thermal locations in Italy
 "Italian hot spots" 
Italy's richness in thermal and mineral waters, combined with the mildness of the climate and the beauty of the scenery, have made it a favorite venue for "health care tourism". 

From north to south, the "Bel Paese", boasts a legacy of sulfur springs and curative healing waters, offering a wide choice, regardless of the province you are in.
In addition to fee paying facilities, locals can still enjoy free access to natural pools, often immersed in fascinating landscapes  enjoying the many virtues of the waters , just as it was done hundreds of years  before.

Italian thermal spas  are not only those which exploit hot water resources (as the literal meaning of the world "thermal" might suggest) since mineral water springs are now also generally included in this category.

Abano, Salsomaggiore, Chianciano, Montecatini, Fiuggi and Ischia are just a few names among the many which are known throughout the world and which attract millions of visitors every year.

In this field, Italy has taken up and developed a practice which has been widespread throughout the peninsula since the time of the Romans, when thermal waters and baths were already a typical feature of town life.
Interest in the Italian SPAS is not exclusively for health care reasons.

Their proximity to great centres of art makes the spa resorts excellent bases for cultural excursions.

In addition the splendid parks surrounding the most famous spas and their infrastructure which has been created for leisure activities, make them ideal holiday resorts in their own right.
The location of the spa resorts clearly suggest that their distribution is not uniform.

The determination factor  in the presence of hot water or mineral springs is the geology of Italy, a relatively young country, which is rich in volcanic phenomena and permeated, in every sense of the word, by a dense network of ground water channels.

In north-eastern Italy many spas have developed on the slopes of the Euganei Hills, volcanic highlands where numerous hot water spring gush out.
The main form of treatment is mud therapy, recommended for rheumatic illnesses and problems of the respiratory organs and the female genital organs.


Albano Terme alone has almost two million visitors a year, half of whom come from abroad.
Moving further south, there is a series of thermal resorts in Emilia Romagna, on the foothills of the Apennines.
There are about fifteen localities, including in particular Salsomaggiore, Tabiano, and Castrocaro, all of which have the word "Terme" (SPA) as part of their official names.

The springs have chemical properties which are all very similar  (predominantly sulfurous, or containing sodium chloride, iodide or bromide). 
They are recommended  for a wide range of afflictions: metabolism disorders, problems of the respiratory system and the vascular system and skin diseases.

Another Italian region with a high concentration of spas is Tuscany. The exploitation of this resource also has long tradition here.
A number of springs which where already in use in Roman times are still popular today, including Saturnia... , Chianciano, and Chiusi.

Roselle (the oldest - now closed)...
In this century the Tuscan resorts have changed from being exclusive meeting places and holiday locations and are now open to a much wider public.

Montecatini and Chianciano have acquired even greater importance and the statistics confirm the reputation which they have built up.


The spa resorts in Lazio are linked to the volcanic activity which has shaped the morphology of much of the region.

Bagni di Tivoli on the outskirts of the capital, and Fiuggi, further east, are especially well known.

The latter is famous above all for the treatment in which the waters are taken solely in form of drinks.
Fiuggi waters are especially noted for the treatment of renal calculus and their fame has led to the development of 250 hotels.

In southern Italy the numerous spas forming an arc around the gulf of Naples are extremely important.
This is one of the most active volcanic zones in Italy with heat bursting through from a supply of magma underground which is very close to the surface. 


Oral treatment, baths (including steam baths) and mud treatment are recommended in particular for rheumatism, arthritis, obesity and metabolism disorders.

~Locations by region~
From north to south.


Acqui Terme  | Agliano  |
Bagni di Vinadio |  Castagneto Po  
Crodo  |  Garessio  
Monte Valenza  |  Terme di Lurisia  
Terme di Valdieri.


Pre-Saint Didier  |  Saint Vincent
Selected :  Hotel Bellevue & Spa  
Hotel Hermitage  |  Mont Blanc Hotel

LOMBARDY (Lombardia)

Angolo Terme  |  Bagni del Masino  
Bagni di Bormio  |  Boario Terme   
Rivanazzano  |  Salice Terme    
San Colombano al Lambro  |  San Pellegrino Terme    Sirmione  |  Tartavalle Terme   
Terme di Miradolo  |  Trescore Balneario  
Selected :  Hotel Spol  |  Monticello Spa & Fit    Park Hotel Imperial  |  Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi   Villa Luisa Resort & SPA |  Cascina Scova  
Bulgari Hotel & Spa  |  Impero degli Dei  
Resort L'Albereta  |  Lefay Resort & SPA  
Rizzi Spa Lin


Bagni di Rabbi  
Campo Tures/Band in Taufers  
Comano Terme  
Levico Terme  Merano/ Merari   
Pejo Terme  |  Sesto/Sexten   
Terme di Brennerp  |  Vetriolo Terme    Vigolo Beselg


Abano Terme  |  Battaglia Terme   
Galzignano Terme  |  Lido di Jesolo    
Lido di Venezia  |  Montegrotto Terme  Recoar


Arta Terme  |  Grado  |  Lignano Sabbiadoro  | 


Bagno di Romagna  |  Bobbio  |  Brisighella    Castel San Pietro Terme  |  Castrocaro Terme 
 Cervia  |  Fratta Terme  |  Monticelli Terme    Porretta Terme  |  Riccione  |  Rimini    
Riolo Terme  | Salsomaggiore Terme   
 Tabiano Bagni


Bagni di Lucca  |  Bagni San Filippo   Chianciano Terme  |  Monsummano Terme    Montecatini Terme  |  San Carlo Terme  
 San Casciano dei Bagni  
San Giuliano Terme   
Terme di Caldana  |  Terme di Montepulciano   Terme di Petriolo  |  Terme di San Giovanni   Terme di Saturnia


Acquasanta Terme  |  Sarnano   Tolentino


Acquasparta  |  San Gemini  
Terme di Fonte


Bagni di Tivoli  |  Bagni di Viterbo    Ferentino  |  Fiuggi  
Terme di Cotilia    Terme di Suio


Caramanico Terme | Terme di Raiano
Terme di Popoli | Terme di Canistro

Baden Baden


Agnano Terme  |  Barano d'Ischia  |  
Forio | Casamicciola  |  Ischia  
Castellammare di Stabia  |  Contursi Terme  |  Lacco Ameno  
Montesano sulla Marcellana  |  Telese

APULIA (Puglia)

Margherita di Savoia  
Santa Cesarea Terme 
Torre Canne