The Thermal system

Legend has it that Hercules, when passing through Etruria, was challenged by the Etruscan Lucomones to demonstrate his extraordinary power and strength. The hero stuck a huge pole in the ground that no one besides him was able to extract. On removing it, a gigantic crater was formed and from it boiling water sprung and it was from here the name “Bulicame” emerged. Even today the “Bulicame” thermal springs represent the main source of the Viterbo thermo-mineral basin. It is ascertained that they had already been known and appreciated by the Etruscans. At the beginning of the III century BC the Romans managed to cross the “dreadful and impenetrable” Cimini forest and reach the “opulent countryside of Etruria” (Livy) where they found a civilization with an extremely rich and developed thermal culture. They valued and cherished it and built majestic buildings surrounding the numerous springs throughout the entire imperial age rendering Viterbo (known as Surrena) a place of considerable attraction and prestige for the Roman nobility. At the end of 1200 Dante passed through Viterbo, he was so struck by the grandeur of the “Bulicame” that he immortalized the moment in his “Divine Comedy” (“As for the Bulicàmë springs a brook /which afterward the sinful women share /even so went that one down across the sand…” Hell “, XIV).

During the fifteenth century, several pontiffs, especially Niccolò V and Pio II, used to go to Viterbo to cure their ailments. Over the years they contributed to the restoration and expansion of the premises giving the city a new lease of life and fame and subsequently was known as “Terme dei Papi” (‘the baths of the popes’). Between 1496 and 1536, during one of the frequent trips to Rome, Michelangelo Buonarroti stopped in Viterbo for some treatment, he was so struck by the beauty of the remains of the ancient Roman establishment “del Bacucco” that he made two pen drawings now preserved at the Museum of Vicar de Lille in France. Throughout the following years, through decadence and splendour, the thermal complex of Viterbo has managed to preserve its immense, natural richness.

The thermal zone of Viterbo extends over a vast territory where there are both free thermal baths and areas with wonderful facilities. The thermal area of Viterbo is one of the richest in Italy in terms of water flow. The springs of volcanic origins are almost all hyperthermal flowing out at a temperature between 35 to 60 ° C and are almost all sulphurous-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline-earth.

The most famous Viterbo source is the Bulicame, at a temperature of 55 °C and emerges in a small lake formed by a deep natural crater. Located in the center of the park of the same name between the Tuscanese road and the Bagni road, it feeds three pools frequented by bathers. To the left of the source a marble slab reads the verses of the Divine Comedy in which the Bulicame is mentioned. Furthermore, in front of the park entrance, it is possible to visit the flourishing Botanical Garden of the Univeristy of Tuscia.


Strada Bagni, 12 – 01100 Viterbo – Italy

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Terme dei Papi (Baths of the Popes)

Abundant water spontaneously emerges from a twelve kilometer fracture of earth’s crust driven by the strength of sulfur and carbonic gases. The water is mostly hyperthermal (40 ° -58 ° C) rich in sulfur salts and calcium, magnesium bicarbonate as well as others. Out of a white calcareous mound flows the most renowned spring; the Bulicame.

The, sulphurous-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline-fluorinated Bullicame source emerging at 58 ° C, has always been appreciated for its therapeutic qualities. Its remarkable value lies precisely in the chemical and physical characteristics that make it suitable for many uses in thermal therapy (always among the most appreciated in Medical Hydrology), in particular in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases of the entire respiratory system and for the osteoarticular ones. It is also suitable to cure diseases of the skin, genital tract and dysmetabolic diseases. The same source feeds a splendid monumental pool of over 2,000 square meters.


The Baths had been called ‘of the Popes’ due to the intervention of a third pontiff: Niccolò V who found relief from his illnesses from these waters, therefore in 1450 he built a splendid palace on the site to be used in case of necessity. That building has been called the ‘Pope’s Bathroom’, it has crenellated walls, beautiful cross-shaped windows and the rooms are covered by large vaults. Later, Pope Pius II funded other renovation and modernization of the important thermal building.


Strada Tuscanese 26/28 , Viterbo – Italy

Hotel: +39 0761 1970 000

Thermal Spa: +39 0761 1970409

Hotel Salus Terme

A regenerating experience in a real Salus per Aquam!


The attention dedicated to our guests comes from the culture of hospitality that the Terme Salus Resort & Spa has been offering for years. Our professional expertise is put at your disposal to create personal, customized programs. Thermal Spa offers an experience of well-being in a unique atmosphere where relaxation and elegance come together. Our customers choose us for the dermocosmetic and beneficial properties found in our thermal waters as well as the quality of service in our informal and stylish environment.

The professionality of our Spa Therapists guarantees constant research and updated services. The experience and expertise of the Spa Manager allows us to offer a free consultation to build customized programs for one or more days of treatments.


How to reach us

Tourists often have difficulty identifying the location of the hotel due to a satellite malfunction. To reach us, it is however sufficient to follow the instructions given below:

from the E45 highway, coming from Orte, proceed towards Viterbo; past the exit for Montefiascone, keep to the right; take the Viterbo Nord exit and continue towards Centro, keeping to the right; follow the signs for Tuscania; continue on the Tuscanese provincial road for about 3 km.

The hotel is located on your left, before the military aeronautical area.

We suggest that you do not follow the directions to the airport or the spa, but rather those indicated above.