Those who go on holiday to Ischia have, in most cases, the aim of enjoying the beneficial effects of the extraordinary and abundant thermal waters.
It is well known that Ischia is of volcanic origin and that the phenomenon of thermalism, one of the island’s most important resources, is due to this genesis. The peculiarity of Ischia lies in the fact that there are numerous thermal springs, located in different areas of the island, with different chemical compositions. This also gives rise to heterogeneous curative effects.
A holiday in Ischia therefore means taking care of oneself, choosing, on the basis of possible pathologies, the most suitable type of water to improve one’s health condition or, more generally, the state of psycho-physical well-being.
Let us quickly examine the thermal water springs on Ischia.
Ischia’s thermal heritage is inestimable; it consists of no less than 69 fumarolic groups (fields) and 29 hydrothermal basins. The sum of these resources translates into over 100 thermal springs. These springs could easily be multiplied, since in some places on the island it is enough to dig down to a certain depth to see layers of boiling water appear.
Within this vast patrimony, unique in the world, there are some particularly well known springs:
– The Nitrodi spring, in Barano d’Ischia, characterised by a low temperature, more or less in line with that of the surrounding environment, and by the presence of components such as calcium, carbon, chlorine, potassium, sodium and sulphur. This spring is particularly suitable for those suffering from gastritis or gastroduodenitis, and has healing and curative properties for ulcers from varicose veins, sores or fistulas. It is also a drinking water, which therefore enhances its beneficial effects through ingestion.
– The Olmitello spring, in Sant’Angelo d’Ischia, which flows through a quarry that descends to the Maronti beach. This spring has been known since ancient times for the treatment of diseases of the gastro-intestinal and osteo-articular systems.
– The Bay of Sorgeto at Panza in the municipality of Forio, whose thermal water gushes out of the subsoil at a temperature of 90°C, and then mixes with the cold currents of the sea in natural stone pools. This combination creates ideal conditions for balneotherapy, with water at an internal temperature of 35/37°C.
– La Rita spring, in Casamicciola Terme, from which the island’s oldest waters flow. This basin has always been known for the efficacy of its mud baths; it is said, in fact, that Santa Rita was the very first thermal establishment to use mud for therapeutic purposes.
– The Cavascura thermal baths, in Sant’Angelo d’Ischia, are easily accessible by sea, as they are located just above Maronti beach. The spring is hidden among rocky ravines and its waters, which reach 55°C, are known for their cosmetic and curative properties.
In addition to these five famous springs, there are also others, equally suggestive and rich in beneficial properties. An example is the Buceto Spring, which originates in the eastern part of Mount Buceto, or the Gurgitello basin in Casamicciola Terme.
In short, Ischia offers such a vast choice of opportunities, such a wide range of springs and thermal sources, that it is certainly a suitable destination for anyone wishing to experience the beneficial effects of thermalism.
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