Another activity that owes its popularity to the island’s volcanic geology is the island’s mud baths. These are some of the most famous in Italy, providing numerous therapeutic benefits for those brave enough to immerse themselves and relaxing weary muscles, exhausted after hiking the island’s volcanoes. Most mud baths are close to the sea, and now operate as efficient businesses. They generally charge a modest fee for entry and shower facilities, with the Laghetto di Fanghi being the most popular, and affordable.
Upon entry, the first thing that becomes apparent is the striking sulphuric odour coming from the thick mud pools. This smell is the result of the naturally-warmed mud being heated up, and is remarkably strong, so be prepared! Once in the mud, the body will become instantly relaxed, weary muscles soothed by the heat. After that, it’s a simple plunge into the spring water or shower facilities to wash the mud off, before leaving the baths feeling completely rejuvenated.
Make sure you remove all jewellery and wear dark clothing, as the sulphuric nature of the mud can be damaging to delicates.
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