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History of Fangotherapy
Fangotherapy or fango treatment is the application of mud on the skin via wraps and masks, and occassionally bathing.
The practice has ancient origins: there are, in fact, testimonies that confirm the existence of this treatment since the time of ancient Egypt. The mud mixed with clay obtained from the silt present on the banks of the Nile, was used to improve the elasticity and appearance of the skin. Later, during the Roman era, mud therapy began to be a common practice in Italy. During the Roman Empire’s period of maximum growth, the treatment reached the peak of popularity in Europe. Today, the opportunity to travel and combine your holiday with a relaxing spa therapy like fangotherapy is not to be missed!
The Best Destinations for Your Fango Spa Break
Your fango spa break will also be combined with healthy activities in beautiful surroundings, since most of the top fango hotels are located in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia. The trend has also caught on in Germany and even Lithuania, where you can experience the so called "white healing mud". Read on to discover where we recommend to visit for your fango spa break.
Fango Spas in Italy
The Original Home of Fango
Italy, the original home of fango therapy, has several wonderful locations to choose from thanks to the country's numerous thermal springs in the area.
Starting with northern Italy, the first destinations renowned for these treatments are the Eugenean Hills, including Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme. A little less well known, but just as charming, are Levico Terme, Monteortone Terme and Bagno di Romagna.
To the south is the island of Ischia, immersed in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea in front of Naples, where thermal springs with unique mineral water composition make a delightful fango destination.
Italy can rightly be regarded as the fango country, par excellence. The treatments offered there, especially in the Eugenean Hills, use certified fango mud (certified by researchers at the University of Padua) as a central component of its thermal spa treatments.
When booking your spa holiday in Italy, you will normally choose a Fango Therapy Programme, since this is what makes thermal spas in Italy so unique, and this will also usually include various aspects of hydrotherapy, thermotherapy and balneotherapy. If you are mainly interested in experiencing the original fango, Italy is the right place for you.