18 Nov 2014

A visit to Fiuggi Fonte




After the more essential work around the Italian house and land had been done we were able to go out for a morning or for the day revisiting places we haven't been to for a while.
One morning we went to the town of Fiuggi which is a popular health resort with several spas that's well-known for the mineral water that flows from natural springs. We took a short cut by going up to our nearest hill town before descending along winding roads, driving through olive groves, to get to the area beyond our local mountain range.




Fiuggi is divided into two areas, the hill town and the woods of lime, oak and sweet chestnut trees and parkland known as Fiuggi Fonte where one of the important spas is located with its tree-lined avenues, hotels and shops.












The health benefits of drinking Fiuggi water were known even in ancient times and in the 13th century Pope Boniface VIII, who suffered from kidney stones, had large quantities sent to him in Rome.  Michelangelo also testified to its curative properties. The source of the spring water initially had to be reached by mule because of the hilly nature of the terrain and it wasn't until the mid 19th century that cobblestones were laid, the fountain built and the spa facilities developed.  All that remains of the original complex is the Neoclassical-style portal (above).  The open space overlooking the gardens that surrounds the spa was designed in the 1960s and 1970s where there are paths and suspended walkways leading to futuristic mushroom-like platforms. The park has a theatre, open-air sports facilities, playgrounds and hosts open-air concerts.




We've been into the parkland many times with our family so we didn't go in and instead went for a coffee in the main piazza of Fiuggi Fonte and then had a walk along the shopping arcades and avenues. I did some window gazing and admired the hotel architecture.








marron glace and pistachio ice-cream
                       



a postcard from Fiuggi Fonte


























..........before heading home.
         

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for this lovely tour Linda. It is a beautiful town and the architecture is wonderful. I would love to do a bit of window gazing there too :)

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  2. Such beautiful architecture I'm glad you managed to get out and about while you were in Italy and that it wasn't all hard work on the land. That ice cream looks delicious.

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  3. so many beautiful fountains and views and love the olive grove. cars and buildings OH My.. so much beauty... then you made me day.. the sweet put at the gate made me smile really big

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  4. Such gorgeous photos, Linda, really capturing what makes Italy so very special. Fiuggi Fonte has the elegance that seems to belong to spa towns everywhere. A lovely place for a wander and you make it so appealing.

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  5. I love having blogging friends who live in and visit such beautiful places! It is like getting a brief visit without all the packing! It was great to go along on this visit with you, it is a beautiful place and so lovely to see it through your camera lens! xx

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  6. I wonder if the mineral water tastes very salty like the spa waters here? Instead I think I will join you for a coffee in that delightfully arcaded cafe, and then may be have one of those delicious ice creams too.

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    1. I wouldn't say Fiuggi Water tastes salty, Rosemary. It's served in many restaurants and is a mineral water I would happily drink as bottled water or at its source in the spa complex.

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  7. How beautiful! The hotel is awesome.
    I just love the history you find in Europe,
    one of the reasons I love traveling there.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  8. Fluggi looks like a neat place to visit. Reminds me of a town in Arkansas here in the States... Hot Springs, Arkansas has the mineral water like Fluggi ---and people have visited there for years to take advantage of that water... Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos, Linda.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. It all looks so delightful, Linda what a lovely place to wander around window shopping and sipping coffee in such an elegant hotel. Thank you for sharing your visit with us:)

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  10. That hotel is a beautiful building in Fiuggi. Also the fountain which looks like a water can is a beauty and the Italian icecreams, delicious.

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  11. Thanks for your visit and comment. I enjoyed my trip with you and lovely photos. Found the last one interesting with all the patchwork of olive Grove/vineyard? Scene.

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Barbara. The last photo shows the rocky terrain of the hills and mountains where olive trees are grown.

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  12. I could do with some of that water having once had kidney stones!!! What an interesting place, some wonderful items on sale too! I love the first pic, and that hound looks SO forlorn! The last shot is wonderful, it actually gave me goosebumps....wow!xxx

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  13. Gosh, it looks absolutely wonderful, all of it from the countryside to the buildings! Suzy xx

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  14. What a lovely, relaxing place to "take the waters!"

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