The ancient thermal springs at Civitavecchia are certainly one of the most interesting to be found in the whole Etruscan territory. There are three separate hot springs in the area. The first, which is the furthest from the city, lies on a high hill and is called “di Sferracavalli”; the other two lie to the North-East and are no more than 5 KM from the city itself. One spring emerges inside the ruins of the Taurine thermal baths (Terme Taurine) and the other is called “Ficoncella”, the only one still in use. It takes its name from a wild fig plant growing in a rock nearby to the hot spring.
The hot mineral bath waters at Ficoncella are extremely clear and colourless, they sting the tongue, have an acidic, slightly bitter taste and give off a faint odour of hydrogen sulphide (the classic “rotten eggs” smell of thermal baths). The temperature varies from 30° to 56° C.
The waters are particularly recommended for dermatological complaints and rheumatism, gastroenteric and biliary illnesses, respiratory and oropharynx problems and genitourinary troubles.
Kind of hot spring mineral water:
Slightly alkaline calcium-rich sulphate water
Gastroenteric and biliary illnesses
Otorhinolaryngology (ear nose and throat) and breathing problems