Springs and wellness
Boasting lush vegetation growing on luxuriant volcanic soil, Ischia is known all over the world as the green island. Intense volcanic activity gave birth to the island, leaving many traces scattered across its waters.
This activity is also the source of Ischia’s precious resources: rainwater and seawater sip through layers of porous volcanic rock absorbing the minerals that turn them into the island’s abundant reservoir of thermal waters.
Ancient Greeks who founded the first colony of Magna Grecia on this island were aware of the properties of thermal water and used it for healing and relaxing purposes. Testimonies of such activities dating to Roman times have been found by the Nitrodi Springs. Some marble votive tables displayed at Naples’ Archeological Museum make up a large part of this collection of artifacts. The Romans also visited Cavascura, one of Ischia’s few thermal springs that boasts a natural flow.
Ischia’s thermal spas have a long and rich history: their properties and uses were first documented by Giulio Jasolino in his thoroughly researched book “de’ rimedi naturali”, published in 1588.
In the 1700s Ischia became a tourist destination with visitors stopping here on their Gran Tour of Italy with which European aristocrats launched the very idea of leisure travel. That is how poets, artists, and writers fell in love with the green island and spread the news of its beauty all over Europe and the world.
Today, Hotel San Giorgio Terme offers its guests a full wellness experience: the nearby Maronti Beach, the hotel’s spa, and charming natural surroundings.