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Thermal Baths of Tivoli

In ancient times, Tivoli had been known as Tibur. This charming town is located in the region of Lazio around 30 km from the city of Rome.

 Tivoli hosts two of the most famous villas you can find in all Lazio: Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana. Both locations are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list and a popular tourist destination.

The town is located close to the Aniene River which flows down from the Sabine Hills in the region. The climate of the town is splendid almost all times of the year which is why it has become a very popular tourist destination in the past few years. Since ancient times when the region had been home to the wealthy roman residents, many large villas had been built in the area as summer retreats for the rich.

In Tivoli, there are plenty of things for visitors to do. The two villas of Tivoli are the main tourist attraction in the town along with the thermal baths. Several travelers often visit Tivoli as a day excursion from Rome while many prefer to stay in Tivoli itself because of its peaceful natural beauty in comparison to the crowded touristy places of Rome.

Tivoli has gained much importance for two reasons. One for its famous Roman Hadrian’s Villa and other for its thermal baths which have several therapeutic properties well known all over the world. The city is visited by thousands of visitors from all over the world because of its waters and thus is well connected to the other locations in Italy. The transport system in Tivoli is well developed which makes it easy to travel to the city.

The city is located only 30 km from the city of Rome. Tivoli is located at the falls created by the Aniene River in the region where it issues from Sabine hills. The city offers beautiful views of the Roman Campagna and the surrounding areas. Those who are travelling by train can get a train travelling on the Rome to Avezzano routes. There are also several buses which leave at regular intervals from Rome. Driving down to the city is also quite comfortable since the town is located only a few kilometers from Rome.

The Acque Albule Springs

The thermal springs of Tivoli are famous since the ancient times. During the rule of Emperor Augustus, Tivoli gained much fame for its waters. The Acque Albule Springs in Tivoli is known to be the most sulphur rich spring in all of Central Italy. The springs are located around 4 km from the centre of the city. Due to the high content of minerals in the water, the springs have a distinct smell and are greenish blue in color.

A thermal establishment had been built near the springs by the Romans when they realized the healing abilities of the water. Augustus, who had been suffering from rheumatism, had especially ordered the building of this thermal establishment. The ruins of this ancient Roman baths can still be seen in the area today where the Romans had bathed regularly to treat themselves of several different types of ailments.

During the ancient times too the residents of the area knew that the water have the ability to cure several types of diseases and especially for mending broken bones. In the ancient times the water of the springs were used for bathing and also for drinking as a health tonic. Several inscriptions had been found in the area which again talked about the healing properties of the area.

 The baths were forgotten slowly after the Roman rule. It was only in the 16th century that the people in the region again were reminded of the healing properties of the water of the spring and ever since then Tivoli has been an important health resort. Today, people from all over the world travel to Tivoli to bathe in the sulphur and mineral rich water of the Acque Albule Spring.

The modern spa is located not very far from the ancient Roman baths. Even today the water of the spring is used for several treatments by the spa for curing respiratory problems, bone problems and even for several different types of beauty treatments.

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