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The Thermal Baths of Cotilia

The therapeutic properties of the region’s waters attract great numbers of visitors to the Thermal Spas and Springs: the Spring of St. Susanna, in the Nature Reserve of the Lungo and Ripasottile lakes, which was declared a national monument in 1977, the Thermal Baths of Cotilia, in Castel Sant’Angelo, the Thermal Baths of Cottorella, situated within a park at the entrance to the city of Rieti, the Lupetta Spring, in Greccio, in the province of Rieti.

A great allure, somewhere between history and legend, envelopes these baths, built atop natural springs abundantly flowing with waters that were once upon a time considered sacred. Today official medicine recognises the therapeutic properties of the Cotilia waters, used for the prevention and cure of many illnesses in a modern, well-equipped spa structure. The area surrounding the Cotilia Thermal Springs Complex is characterised by an abundance of thermal hot springs issuing from two main locations, the Old and New Baths. Three little lakes, numerous springs and small streams form a seemingly limitless watershed, known for the chemical and physical properties of its sulphurous waters.

Already in the pre-Roman period, the baths were a pilgrimage destination for religious people who came to consult the oracle of the great sanctuary known as the Santuario di Cotilia. With time Cotilia lost its reputation as a religious centre, and became one of the favourite thermal spa centres of the Roman nobility. Its golden age was during the dynasty of the Flavian emperors, who built splendid villas and a sumptuous bathing complex.

Today a modern, well outfitted Thermal Spa Centre welcomes guests and offers many cures and treatments: mud baths, thermal baths, hydro-massage, inhalations, aerosol, humage, nebulization, gynaecological irrigations, massages, nasal showers, hydropinic cures, endotympanic insufflations, pressure therapy, micronized showers, and wind-, physical- and respiratory therapy.

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