Curative water in Bagni di Tivoli
You don't have to be surprised when you see the name Tivoli on wellness websites and magazines: it is the best place for wellness treatments, as it was in the past, too. It is situated near two lakes, whose water made the fortune of the city, because of the presence of sulphur in them: the names of the lakes are Regina and Colonnelle and they are the location of the famous baths where the most important people of the ancient times used to go. Tivoli means relax, health and body treatments, today as in the past.
Tivoli, acque albule and their history
This water is famous since the ancient times, giving pleasure to the body of the famous people of the past.
According to Pliny the Elder, Tivoli was the location where the soldiers arrived after been injured in war, to be treated by that good water and by the doctor Archigene da Apamea. Virgilio told about its effects in his Aeneid's, Nero pretended the water to be in his Domus Aurea by the Acquedotto Marcio, and emperor Hadrian filled his swimming pools with this water in Villa Adriana near Tivoli. The first person who had the idea to create an establishment where to take advantage of this water was Cesare Augusto, after having discovered the positive effects it gave, and so encharged his general Marco Vipsanio Agrippa to build the first thermal baths.
After the end of the Roman Western Empire, the Agrippa baths got abandoned for about a millennium, and only during the Renaissance, cardinal De la Cueva restored the channel of water, followed by cardinal Ippolito d'Este, Tivoli Governor.
In 1700, Bagni di Tivoli became even more popular thanks to the chemical analysis on the water and the scientific confirmation of it's curative properties. In 1820, they found the remains of the imperial baths, and in 1880, the first thermal establishment of modern times was built, thanks to the doctors Galassi and Baccelli and thanks to the City of Tivoli donations, by Pope Pio IX.
The modern establishment, designed by engineer Anderloni, is situated in the same place where the current building is, the most important thermal pole in Italy.
Curative candor: the Acque Albule
The water of the thermal sources of Tivoli has always been known with a particular name "albule", as nowadays. What does it mean and where do its properties come from?
"Albule" comes from Latin and it means "albula", adjective to say "white", is the colour of the water is, because of a chemical process called gas emulsion, causing the melting of carbon dioxide and hydrogen contained in the water and caused by the decrease of its pressure. It is a sulphur and carbonic water, rich in sulphur and carbon dioxide; as sulphur is a powerful antibacterial element, with a strong anti-inflammatory effect, the contact with this water is very useful to treat respiratory system diseases, such as pharyngitis and tonsillitis. The diseases of the respiratory system are not the only ones this water is able to treat: they can also treat locomotory, reproductive system and vascular diseases, and neuritis. Thermal baths and medical treatments
Visiting the official website of Terme di Roma (http://www.termediroma.org/it/trattamenti.php) you can see a selection of many medical treatments you can do and which diseases you can treat. They start with the respiratory system treatments, consisting in connecting the ears, the nose and the throat mucosa with this water in many different ways, such as spraying, humage, the recent micronised nasal shower, in order to treat diseases of the respiratory system, such bronchitis and asthma and other ear, nose and mouth diseases, for example sinusitis and rhinitis.
You can also book your mud-balneotherapy, used to fight against rheumatisms since the ancient times, by hot hydro-massage baths, muds - offering an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, useful to prevent and Treat degenerative diseases of bones and joints.
There are also two specific treatment for the ears: one against the rhinogenous hearing loss, by breaths, inhalation and nebulizer, and another one characterized by endotympanic breaths.
The best of these treatments is the balneotherapy because of the qualities this sulphur water has,in treating skin diseases such as sebum-dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, mycosis and allergies.
Balneotherapy consists in complete or partial 20 minutes immersions in thermal water, at a previously established temperature according to the doctor, followed by a resting time of 20 minutes out of the water, to make the body absorb the benefits.
They are called actions and here you are some of them: keratoplastic action, for the regeneration of the skin after injuries; the keratolytic action, causing the renovation of the skin and the elimination of the devitalized flakes such as dandruff; the anti-itching, anti-parasites and anti-microbial action caused by the lack of oxygen the skin has while in the water; and the reduction of sebum and drying action, caused by the high concentration of sulphur in the water.
You can book all these treatments by the website, according to your needs and availability. If you want to take advantage of these treatments or if you just want to relax yourself, Bagni di Tivoli is the best way to do it.
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