THE OLD ROMAN BATHS OF CAVASCURA
The old Therms of Cavascura are known since the period of Greek colonization of the island of Ischia but it was in Roman times that they knew a moment of great splendour.
It is a natural catchment area hollowed into the rock of a deep valley. In Cavascura you can relive the ancient times because it still preserves its caves, its little waterfall, its hot springs that continue to come down from the mountain to a very high temperature. It’s situated 300 meters from the beach of Maronti and is accessed by following a rivulet of hot water that opens into a small bed among the tuff walls of the hill.
Interesting and picturesque is the play of colors that can be observed entering; violet predominates; there is a small corridor from the high walls of tuff with small cells hollowed into the rock. It is a spa room in the open, with brooms, thick bushes, chestnut trees and oaks, whose leaves go from green to violet. In the bottom of the valley, where the tuff wall ends, the thermal spring gurgles exhaling salutary vapors. In the gloom of caverns restful guests bathe in real contact with nature. Then there is a hot shower that comes down the mountain like a waterfall and a natural sauna dug in a tuff cave.
In a cave of saturated vapors are practiced the ancient stoves, inhaling gas fumes that come directly from the depths of the hydrothermal basin. By the spring is born a wellness center where you can make mud baths and showers, natural sauna and massages.
The first tests on the Cavascura Water were made from king Ferdinando the second in the real chemical kabinett of Naples, which reported: radon in different proportions, bicarbonate of potassium, of calcium and magnesium, bicarbonate of iron, solfate of sodium, fosfate of sodium, clorure of sodium, calcium and magnesium, silica.
The analysis of the Cavascura water reports that it is good in rheumatic chronic ailments (arthritis, osteoarthritis aftereffects of articulated rheumatism, forms of membrane arthritis of Gout, Hyperuricemia), chronic infections of the lungs, ears, nose and throat (chronic bronchitis, otitis, rhinitis and chronic laryngitis) aftereffects of fractures and orthopedic interventions. With the water and the mud of Cavascura you can also obtain excellent results in the threatment of the skin, of vascular peripheral of types venous and arterial, in some forms of eczema dermatitis and in the therapy against cellulitis. In the past this water brought also very good results against numerous infections of the women genital apparatus. With the repeated use of this water many sterile women that had infections or inflammations of the genital organs have returned fertiles. The therapeutical effect of the cure with thermal baths has a very long duration (6-8 months). During this period of wellbeing or during the period of a general improvement, the patient is also able to suspend or reduce the use of antirheumatic medicines avoiding so the risks tof the adverse effects of the medicines
The thermal water has therefore to be classified between radioactive and hyper-thermal (83°), B. Salt-Bromine-Iodide-Bicarbonate-Alkaline. It contains also Ion Hydrogen (ph)= 7,58