Terme del Bullicame
The Free Baths of Bullicame in Viterbo are among the main free baths of the city and of the entire region.
The source of the Bullicame is very ancient and the properties of the waters already particularly appreciated, even Dante, in the Divine Comedy – canto XIV of Hell – cited this little corner of paradise in Tuscia Laziale:
“By keeping silent we became the ‘ve hasty
out of the forest a small stream,
whose blush still horrifies me.
Which of the Bullicame comes out stream
who then leave among them the sinners,
so he felt that down the sand.
The bottom his and both slopes
it was made in stone, and margins from the side “
Entrance to the Bullicame Baths is free, in fact there is no cost for the ticket.
The waters are extraordinarily rich in minerals and have very important beneficial properties, especially on the skin.
Properties of the Bullicame waters
The thermal water of the Bullicame spring is very rich in beneficial and curative properties.
The thermal waters are sulphurous-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline-earthy, they come out of the natural source at a temperature of 58 ° C, very rich in trace elements.
Bullicame water has significant beneficial effects on the skin, with antioxidant properties, it is also used in the treatment of diseases of the circulatory, respiratory and locomotor systems.
The Free Baths of Bullicame are very particular of their kind also because it allows you to take advantage of the frigidarium-calidarium effect, passing from the spring water pool, at a higher temperature, and one with water at a lower temperature.
The natural pools of Bullicame are open every day until 5.00 pm in winter and 6.00 pm in summer, admission is free.
The city of Viterbo
Viterbo is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscia and central Italy.
The first evidence concerning the existence of a city where today’s Viterbo stands today dates back to the Etruscan period, most likely identified in the ancient city of Surina.
The city hosts a historical-artistic heritage of great value, historic buildings, churches and ancient monuments of incredible charm:
Cathedral of San Lorenzo: built in Romanesque style in the second half of the 12th century, on the ruins of a pre-existing sacred building dating from the 8th century, also dedicated to San Lorenzo, also probably built from a pre-existing building, a pagan temple in honor of Hercules. The current appearance of the Cathedral is due to the restoration that took place in 1570, commissioned by Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Gambara. The Renaissance and Baroque stylistic elements are particularly interesting. Inside the church there is a fresco depicting the Madonna and Child holding out the mystical wedding ring to Saint Catherine, with Saints Barbara, Pietro, Francesco, Ambrogio and Bernardino, made by Antonio del Massaro from Viterbo. Of particular interest is a painted table depicting Christ blessing between Saints John the Evangelist, Leonardo, Peter and John the Baptist, made by Girolamo da Cremona, a painted table, dating back to the twelfth century and depicting the Madonna della Carbonara and a marble baptismal font, dating back to to 1470, made by Francesco di Ancona.
Church of Santa Maria Nuova: Romanesque style church built in 1217.
Palazzo dei Papi: built between 1255 and 1266 on the Colle di San Lorenzo, it was the official residence of the pope in Viterbo. Particularly interesting is the “Loggia delle Benedizioni”, from which the pontiff looked out as he left the Sala del Conclave.
Underground Galleries: under the city a series of tunnels and tunnels dug into the tuff have been found. The dense network of tunnels connects all the main historic buildings of the historic center. During the bombings of the Second World War, these tunnels were used by the population as a refuge.
The Museums: some important museums are located in Viterbo, the Rocca di Albornoz Etruscan National Museum, the Santa Rosa Machine Museum, the Civic Museum, the Tuscia Ceramics Museum and the Colle del Duomo Museum.