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A stay in Fiuggi allows to have completely the quietness and tranquillity of this beautiful small town, famous to be one of the most important thermal stations in Europe. The Fiuggi’s beauty is in the harmonious symbiosis of the ancient historical centre with the modern thermal centre, giving life to a contrast that in its contrast finds its reason of being.
The presence of big expanses of chestnuts, oaks, maples and sequoias gives an changeable and suggestive aspect to the landscape. Before having the relax that the different thermal centres can gift, you must visit the pretty historical centre.
Built around the year 1000, the Medieval village is a succession of narrow streets, small squares, fast stairs and houses built one on another. The presence in the centuries of one of the most important Roman families left really interesting architectonical testifies, as the ancient nobleman palaces Case Grande, Martini and Alessandri.
Between history and legend, you admire, near the De Medici Palace, the Virgin’s Pool, where you tell that were thrown the girls denied to accept the “ius primae noctis” imposed by the feudal lord.
Not lost the Saint Peter’s collegiate church, in Major street, preserving works from the seventeenth century Roman school; always in the historical centre, the Saint Stephen’s and Santa Maria del colle’s church, pagan temples transformed into churches around the XVth century. Walking for the small streets of the village you go with pleasure to important craft shops and art galleries.
But come to Fiuggi without trying the therapeutic thermal baths would almost be a crime. In the Medieval time already, in fact, the small water stream took the attention of important characters as Pope Bonifacio VIII. Even Michelangelo was not immune to the therapeutic power of the local waters: to them he dedicated some praises in his letters.
The Fiuggi’ s source was appreciated above all for its skill in taking care of the kidney stones, ability it preserves not changed still today. Fiuggi, in fact, rises in the middle of a tuffaceous formation characterized by an alternation of permeable and semi-permeable strays, through which the water filters and purifies, keeping its curative properties. Only in Fiuggi you have this particular low in mineral content water, the unique to add to the diuretic properties the ability of melting and taking out the kidney stones.
The choice of the thermal plants is rather articulated: from the Bonifacio VIII’ s source, originally in liberty style and re-built by the famous architect Luigi Moretti, to do the hydroponics cure also during the coldest months, to the Articolana Source located in a luxuriant park; from the Pompeus’ Therms, located in the territory of natural formats from the vegetation, rose the luxuriant Marco Terenzio Varrone’s Villa. Nowadays, around the rests of this villa rises a modern hydroponics complex, whose low mineral water are indicated to cure the kidney stones, the goat and gastroduodenal dyspepsia.
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