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Sciacca, situated on the famous archeological road between Selinunte and Agrigento in Sicily is one of the oldest towns in the island. Founded in the 7th century BC by the Selinuntini which made it into their health resort, in the middle ages it was transformed into a flourishing industrial and commercial centre.
Artistic works of notable interest especially of the medieval and baroque periods are conserved here. Sciacca's fame in modern times comes from her renowned hydromineral resources and to the famous Monte San Calogero natural vapour and sweat grottoes.
In addition to the enchanting landscapes, the rugged beauty of an indented coastline, to the sandy beach and to the luminosity of sea Sciacca has also a gentle healthy climate which makes it an ideal place for health cures, for holidays and for tourism. There are excellent modern thermal facilities and good accommodation in the hotels.
THERMAE: Looking to the the sea and dominated by Mount San Calogero on its east side, Sciacca is the oldest baths resort of Sicily and one of the biggest town in the south-eastern coast. Very famous are the Natural Steam Vents of San Calogero, 7 Km away from the town. The area was inhabited up to the Copper Age, when an earthquake (2000 BC) caused the emission of vapor. Nobody could live there anymore and the spot had to be abandoned. Several items have been found, evidences of people living there. The caves have been called after a monk who, arriving in the spot in the 6th century BC, realized that the vapors could treat several diseases, and provided the area with stone benches for sick people.
The largest is la Grotta del Santo (the saint's cave), where St. Calogero probably lived, l'Antro di Dedalo (Daedalus's cave) and la Grotta degli Animali (The Animals' cave). Today the caves are part of the modern establishment of the Grande Albergo delle Stufe. The geysers originate from an underground hot water spring flowing beneath Mount Kronio. The vapors come to the surface along the fissures of the rock, and reach 40°C. Many illnesses can be treated with the vapors, such as rheumatisms, skin diseases, gynecological problems and allergies. In the premises the mudtherapy is practiced (for arthritis), bath therapy (for osteoarthritis and skin disease) and respiratory therapies.
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