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 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
Around 12,000 litres of water rush out of the Nitrodes Nymphs spring every hour. The water comes out of showers, wash basins and small fountains with no additives whatsoever. Visitors to the springs are advised to take frequent showers. For the first showers in particular you are advised to remain in the shower for at least 10 minutes.
The action of the minerals in the water leaves your skin soft and smooth but above all clean with no salt or smell residues, dilated pores and an epidermis able to breathe. The richness of the bicarbonate and the mixture of minerals contained in the Nitrodi springs favour the natural washing away of layers of dead cells.
After a Nitrodi shower we advise that you do not wash with soaps or cleaning products at least for a few hours in order not to block the skin’s pores once again. The effect of the bicarbonate on the hair will be evident right away with its full blown balsamic effect leaving it clean and smooth.
After washing we recommend that you leave it to dry in the sun to strengthen the effect of the minerals.
The second group of votive reliefs was discovered in 1757 and was made up of a grand total of thirteen elements. Of these 11 have survived to our own times. One was lost as early as 1845-6. The other, dedicated to Menippus, an Alpine foothill doctor, Apollo and the Nitrodes nymphs, was kept at the Naples National Archaeological Museum until 1989 when it appears to have been stolen during re-organisation work on some of the museum’s rooms.
There is also a further relief, present in Lyde Browne's Wimbledon collection, which is now kept at the St Petersburg State Hermitage Museum in Russia after the whole collection was bought by Catherine II in 1785-7. Russian scholar O. Neverov attributed it to the collection of votive tablets found at the Nitrodi spring in 1757.