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History

The oldest spa in the world, already known to the early Greek colonisers of Southern Italy and dedicated to Apollo and the Nitrodes nymphs.

The history of the Nitrodes springs is essentially that of Mediterranean civilisation as the earliest sources on use of the springs dates to the era of the Greek colonisation of the island of Ischia.

It was in these far off times that the spring began to be used by those looking for relief from the most diverse illnesses. To Nitrodi went warriors wanting to heal their injuries, women wanting to be mothers, the elderly hoping to relieve their gout and arthritis and Roman matrons looking to protect their skin and hair from the ravages of time with the extraordinary properties of this fons juventutis.

There was a cure for everyone’s ailments: war injuries healed quickly, the old were more agile and youthful and women emerged from the waters more beautiful and fertile than ever! The ‘super powers’ of the Nitrodi spa waters were such that the springs became a very important devotional centre from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD.

In an era in which little distinction was made between science and religion, the health giving powers of the Nitrodi waters were considered a gift from the nymphs and God Apollo. The votive reliefs kept in the Naples Archaeology Museum and found in Nitrodi in 1757 testify to this ancient cult.

These are 11 beautiful tablets and a small altar which tell a more than 2000 year long healing and wellness story.

The earliest ex-voto finding was by Doctor Giovanni Pistoja who was in Ischia for a spa cure in the second half of the 17th century and happened to be present when these tablets were found by some boys gathering grass. A relief and a small altar were dug up and the doctor offered to take these to Naples but they were lost during their transport to the mainland. Of these two findings there are sketches done from memory and present in some editions of the second printing of a book by Giulio Jasolino entitled De' rimedi naturali che sono nell'Isola di Pithecusa, hoggi detta Ischia – Naples 1588.

  • History

    History

    The oldest spa in the world, already known to the early Greek colonisers of Southern Italy and dedicated to Apollo and the Nitrodes nymphs.

  • The Nitrodi Water

    The Nitrodi Water

    The water is classified as sulphate alkaline and alkaline-terreous hypothermal mineral water. Its therapeutic properties were recognised by the Ministry of Health with decree no. 3509 dating to 9th October 2003