This tour is designed for guests who wish to spend the day in the relaxing atmosphere of the Pope’s bath in Viterbo. After disembarking your ship, we will proceed on a 1-hour drive northeast through the Roman countryside, then we will travel through the Etruscan countryside to the legendary Viterbo.
Viterbo’s historic center is one of the best preserved medieval towns of central Italy. Many of the older buildings (particularly churches) are built on top of ancient ruins, recognizable by their large stones, 50 centimeters to a side.
The main attraction of Viterbo is the papal palace, the (Palazzo Dei Papi), which served as a country residence and retreat in time of trouble in Rome. The columns of the palace are made of spolia from a Roman temple.
The second most important monument of the city is the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo. It was established in Romanesque style by Lombard architects over a temple of Hercules. It was rebuilt from the sixteenth century onward, and was heavily damaged in 1944 by Allied bombs. The notable gothic belfry is from the first half of the fourteenth century, and shows influence of Sienese artists. The church houses the tomb of Pope John XXI, and the picture, “Christ Blessing with Four Saints” by Girolamo da Cremona (1472).Viterbo is located in a wide, warm area, attracting many tourists from the whole of central Italy.
THE POPE’S BATH
The name “Dei Papi” – of the Popes – derives from the intervention of a third pope, Nicholas V. He was so impressed by the curing effects of the local waters that, in 1450, he had a magnificent palace built here, in order to have a place to stay when he required treatment. The building had perforated walls, beautiful cross-shaped windows, and soaring, arched ceilings in the halls; it was known as the Pope’s Bath. Later, Pope Pius II remodeled and modernized the palace.
The Pope’s bath is formed from a 12 km fracture in the earth’s crust, through which hyper-thermal waters (40°-58° C), rich in sulphurous salts, calcium bicarbonate, magnesium, etc., are forced out by the pressure of sulphurous and carbonic gases. The most important and famous of all is Bullicame, a luminous white mass of calcium.
THE BULLICAME SPRING
The Bullicame spring, with its sulfate-sulfur, alkali-iron, and fluoride waters, as well as its 58°C temperature, has always been highly appreciated for its therapeutic properties. These characteristics are attributable to the chemical and physical composition of the spring, which make it beneficial (and one of the most highly valued in Hydrological Medicine) for many kinds of therapeutic applications. In particular, it is used in the cure and prevention of chronic disturbances of the whole breathing apparatus, in bone and joint pathologies, skin complaints, genital complaints, and dysmetabolic diseases. Treatments using these waters are highly beneficial. The splendid 2,000 square-meter monumental pool is fed by water from this spring.
THE POPE’S BATH SPRING
Natural springs with different chemical and physical compositions are present within the grounds of the Terme Dei Papi. They are utilized in therapies of a variety of medical complications besides the ones already mentioned, such as gastroenterology, angiology and stomatology. The Pope’s Bath, for example, with its carbonic-ferruginous properties, is used in the treatment of peripheral vasculopathies.
People can come to Viterbo all year round and reap the benefits of the thermal baths. However, some periods are more suitable than others for obvious reasons, (especially from October to the end of May.) Admission fees and lunch are not included.
A quick tour through Viterbo can be scheduled before or after the Pope’s bath.
This tour includes transportation with a luxury Mercedes Sedan, limo van, or minibus, length approximately 9 hours in total and is conducted by a highly trained English-speaking chauffeur/guide.
• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
• A fun and informative private English speaking driver & guide to lead you through the day
• Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle
• Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board
• Parking, city passes, fuel & tolls
Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)