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Terme dei Papi

  • Strada Bagni 12 Map It
  • Viterbo
  • Pool
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Viterbo has been a spa town for centuries, and this excellent spa continues the tradition, providing the usual health and beauty treatments with an Etruscan twist: try a facial with local volcanic mud, or a steam bath in an ancient cave, where scalding hot mineral water direct from the spring splashes down a waterfall to a pool beneath your feet. The Terme dei Papi's main draw, however, comes from the terme (baths) themselves: a 21,000-square-foot outdoor limestone pool, into the shallow end of which Viterbo's famous hot water pours at 59°C (138°F)—and gives a jolt with its sulfurous odor. Floats and deck chairs are for rent, but bring your own bathrobe and towel unless you're staying at the hotel. There are moonlight swims on Saturday nights, when the pool is open (9 pm–1 am). Shuttle buses operate between Rome and the Terme. Round-trip tickets cost €8; call or check website for travel times.

Sight Information


Strada Bagni 12, 5 km (3 miles) west of town center, Viterbo, Latium, 01100, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • Pool €12 weekdays, €18 weekends
  • Closed Tues.

Published 06/07/2016


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