Thermal treatments in Sarnano.

In the beggining it was the water.
The history of the thermal baths of Sarnano.

Ego sum salus et letitia, you can read at the entrance of the historic Parco delle Terme di Sarnano. “I am health and happiness”. The subject here is, of course, water. After all, Sarnano has an ancestral bond with water.
Del resto, Sarnano con l’acqua ha un legame ancestrale. After all, Sarnano has an ancestral bond with water. The name itself, according to one of the etymological hypotheses proposed by historians, could indicate the proximity of watercourses. Sarnano, in fact, is located between two streams, the Rio Terro and the Tennacola, and its territory is rich in water sources with healing properties. Among these are the waters of the source of San Giacomo, known to locals since as early as the sixteenth century.

The first mention in the medical literature of these waters dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, when Dr Cenni, a doctor in the country, in hisMedical Topography of Sarnano, described the excellent quality of the water of the San Giacomo’s spring.
Why the people from Sarnano named this source after the holy preacher of the fifteenth century no one remembers anymore. To tell the truth, it is even possible that the name does not refer to San Giacomo della Marca, but to St. James the Apostle, protector of the pilgrims, after whom a fourteenth-century Hospitale not far from the spring was named.

Whoever the saint in question, the Sarnanesi baptised that source with the name of “acqua de Gnagnà” and, as often happens, for almost a century they no longer paid any attention to its special properties.

The water of San Giacomo was brought back to life by a group of workers, who in the late nineteen twenties were renovating the bridge between Sarnano and Gualdo and, quenching their thirst at the nearby source, involuntarily experienced its diuretic properties. As you can imagine, the workers talked about it to their friends, who spoke about it to their wives, who, in turn, told their friends. In short, in a flash, all of the Sarnanesi, including the poet Enrico Ricciardi, went to verify the diuretic properties of the water of Gnagnà.

In those years, thermalism was taking hold throughout Italy and a discovery of this kind certainly did not go unnoticed. In 1929, the Podestà of Sarnano, Delio De Minicis, commissioned the University of Camerino and the Provincial Laboratory of Hygiene to carry out the first chemical and bacteriological analyses. The results drew the attention of Prof. Silvestro Baglioni, an internationally renowned physiologist, who, after having carried out further analyses, physiological studies and experiments, established that the waters of San Giacomo, due to their ionic balance and their extreme bacteriological purity, had diuretic, decongestant and laxative properties, such as to possess, by themselves, the characteristics of the waters of the most famous Italian thermal stations.

The Spa of Sarnano officially began its activities in 1933, after obtaining the ministerial recognition. The spa complex was built right near the spring, surrounded by a large park that lushly grew around the water of San Giacomo.

This is the history of the spa of Sarnano. Or at least, its beginning.

The park of the historical site of the Terme di Sarnano.

Not just water.
Thermal treatments in Sarnano.

Over the years, the Spa of Sarnano has become affiliated with the National Health Service and has expanded its range of services, becoming a renowned spa throughout Italy.

The mineral water “San Giacomo”, used for the hydroponic curesand indicated for urinary, digestive and spare diseases, has had two other types of thermal water added, originating from sources located in the Sarnese territory and conveyed inside the establishment.

The first is the bicarbonate-calcium “Tre Santi” mineral water which, with its magnesium and bicarbonate content and the chemical balance of its trace elements, is used in balneotherapyand is indicated for the treatment of rheumatic diseases and diseases and affections of the venous and arterial circle.

The other is the “Terro” sulphurous mineral water, rich in hydrogen sulphide ion, which is used:

  • in inhalation treatments for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases,
  • in balneotherapy for the treatment of arthro-rheumatic and cutaneous diseases,
  • in gynaecological care for chronic diseases of the female reproductive system.

A team of doctors is responsible for carrying out specialised examinations and diagnostic examinations, while, in the physiotherapy department, a team of highly qualified professionals practice kinetotherapy and rehabilitation, physical and instrumental therapy.

The staff in the beauty department offer a wide range of beauty treatments and massages.

The new headquarters of the Terme di Sarnano.

A regenerating blend of thermal waters, therapeutic, wellness and beauty packages, immersed in the unspoiled nature of the Sibillini Mountains

After 84 years of activity, the historical site of the spa of Sarnano was rendered unusable by the 2016 earthquake. Nevertheless, a fresh wind of renewal is blowing from the cracks of the earthquake and, within a few months, the Terme di Sarnano have moved to a new plant, where the three healing waters have been conveyed.

Today, the new thermal building is located in Via De Gasperi 28, 28on a hill with a view of the historical centre of Sarnano and the surrounding mountains.

In the new Terme di Sarnano, in addition to enjoying the health services and the different therapeutic packages that were offered in the old premises, you can now regenerate in the SPA equipped with a hydrolife program with thermal waters, Turkish and Roman bath, chromotherapy shower, and, during summer, you can enjoy an outdoor thermal bath overlooking the Monti Sibillini.

Finally, you can stay directly in this building, in one of the spacious apartments available in the Residence formula.

All this, immersed in the clean, uncontaminated air of the Monti Sibillini, keepers and warrantors of the purity of our waters.

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