Sciacca and Montevago are famous for their hot springs.
Sciacca Thermae were even mentioned in the Greek mythology: it seems that Daedalus, fleeing from Crete where he had built the famous Labyrinth, stopped in the Sicilian town. There he discovered the ‘steamy’ caves and created an entrance and carved seats out of the rock.
The Romans were the first to exploit Sciacca waters (they called them ‘Thermae Selinuntinae’) and benefit from their properties. They were first used for healing purpose in the Middle Ages, when the monks in the hermitage of San Calogero used to cure their patients in the thermal ‘stoves’. Their fame spread during the following ages so that the municipality was forced to regulate people access.
There are many thermal resources in Sciacca. The famous caves or ‘stoves’ on Mount Kronio, where the atmosphere full of steam gets to 40 °C, are considered among the most effective ones in the world.
Several kind of waters are present in this area. Remarkable is the sulphuric water flowing out from the Valle dei Bagni, which composes the mud used for mud-therapy; it is a sulphuric bromo-iodine-salty water which flows out at 56° C. those who suffer from chronic inflammation of the respiratory system can benefit from inhalations of sulphuric waters. They are also effective in curing some skin diseases. A different mineral water which flows out from the Acqua Santa spring, is effective in diuresis.
Therapeutic techniques practised in the Terme di Sciacca come from the high technology achieved in exploiting mineral waters, and each of them has its own peculiar characteristics and usage. The Centre operate within the National Health Service: mud therapy, cave therapy, magneto-therapy, cures for gynaecological, angiological, dermatological, ear, nose and throat problems are daily provided. You can also have a wide range of beauty treatments in the well-equipped Wellness Centre.
In the Acqua Pia hot springs in Montevago, you can find thermal pools both for adults and children, little falls of thermal water springing at 40 °C, an unusual atmosphere in the old ‘women tub’ where you can agreeably emulate the Romans, a little and secluded pool for the local residents. You can also schedule mud therapy or inhalation therapy for your health. In the centre there are sauna, gym, and jacuzzis. You can also get massages applied with the hands or in the water.