Chianciano Thermal Baths

Chianciano Terme - Panorama

Chianciano or Chianciano Terme is located in the region of Tuscany in the province of Siena. The charming spa town is located close to the cities of Siena and Florence. The spa town with its world renowned mineral water which are rich in healing elements is located 550 meters above the level of sea. The climate of the town is pleasant and because of its great geographical location it has become a very popular tourist resort in the last few years.

The town is surrounded by hills on all the sides which are dense with chestnut, ilex, beechwood and oak trees. Chiancino has been successful in preserving plenty of natural green areas in its public gardens, spa parks and villas. Today, the town is considered to be one of the best health resorts in all of Europe because of its healing waters and its countless parks.

Just a short vacation in Chianciano ensures a good and healthy environment, rejuvenation and plenty of recreational and sport activities. The town is well known for a good place to get mentally and physically relaxed by being in direct contact with the nature.

Chianciano History

The history of Chianciano can be traced back to the 5th century BC at the time of the Etruscans. The Etruscans had first built a temple in the town close to Silene springs in Chianciano which had been deciated to the God of good health.

Funerary Statue from Chianciano - Florence Archaeological Museum

The ability of the water of Chianciano in healing ailments had been well known even in the Roman times. Horace had visited the area in the 1st century BC as advised by his physician. Several large Roman villas had been built in Chianciano close to the thermal baths.

Not much is known about the Middle Ages in Chiaciano. However, in the 12th century the town had belonged to Manenti Counts. Due to its close proximity to Via Francigena, which had been the medieval road connecting France to Rome the town had rapidly developed. In 1287 Chianciano had been given judicial autonomy. The town then belonged to Siena in the 14th century and by the 20th century it had already started catching the attention of developers due to the springs.

In the 1920s several Pompeian styled bowers had been built in the area. Many spas had been designed by architects like Marchi and Loreti in Acqua Santa Park in the town.

The Location

Chianciano is the destination itself as well as the departure point for several other destinations in Italy like Siena, Pienza, Chiusi, Montepulciano, Cetona, Sinalunga etc. Rome, Florence and Siena are all located quite close to Chianciano which makes it fairly easy to reach the town.

Those who are travelling by road can easily reach the town from Florence or by Rome by taking the A1 motorway which connects both of these cities. There is a train station in the town where all the trains on the Florence Rome line stop for a short time. There is no airport in Chianciano but the closest airport is located in Perugia which is 80 km from town, from Florence airport the town is 120 km, from Pisa it is 200 km and from Rome airport Chianciano is located 210 km.

Other locations like Montepulciano, Pienza, Chiusi, Lake Trasimeno, Crotona and Orvieto are all located within 50 km of Chianciano so it is just as easy to drive down to the town from any of these locations.

The Thermal Baths

Chianciano Terme - Hotel Grande Albergo Fortuna - Courtesy of Michel27/Flickr

Chianciano is quite a unique health spa resort whose thermal baths have been famous since ancient ages. The water of the town has been renowned since Etruscan age and ever since then the many health benefits of the waters of the town have been known to men.

There are different types of waters available in the town which comes from five different springs, each of them having their own health benefits. The Acquasanta spring is located in a peaceful forest. The water here is 33 degrees Celsius temperature and it is recommended to drink the water on empty stomach in the morning. The water is good for liver and stomach problems like gastrointestinal dyspepsia, biliary calculosis, drug problems or even after bile ducts surgery.

The water of Acqua Santissima is useful for curing respiratory problems which might have been caused due to various environmental and pollution problems. The mineral water known as Acqua Fucoli has to be drunk in the afternoon for best results. The water is found in the park known by the same name located close to Acqua Santissima. This mineral water is beneficial for regularizing the intestinal movements and for curing various inflammatory problems and other types of digestive problems.

Chianciano Terme - I Pavoni - Courtesy of Franfiorini/Flickr

Acqua Sillene water is usually found at a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and is useful for carbogaseous balneotherapy. The water is also used for preparing the thermal mud for beauty treatments and body wraps. The water of this spring is helpful for treating cardiovascular problems of all types.

The water is also useful for increasing the blood circulation which can be best experienced through a mud bath or a toning bath. The treatments which are done with this water are usually through mud bath and other types of bath therapies.

Acqua Sant'Elena is another spring in Chianciano. The water of the spring is very beneficial for removal of kidney stones. It is also useful for treating urinary and metabolic disorders. The water is quite easily tolerable since it increases dieresis and flushes out the toxins from the body. Those who have kidney stones receive immense benefits from the water of this spring. Even those who do not have kidney stones would be saved from the formation of stones in the future if the water is regularly consumed.

The water is also useful for getting relief from chronic inflammations in the urinary system. It regularizes any abnormal metabolism of the uric acid in body. Those who have problems like spasms, heartburn or other types of gastrointestinal disorders would receive benefits from this water.

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