Designed for those who want to dive quickly into Negombo's atmosphere but know the beneficial properties of its waters, The Ariadne's Thread is a small guide to download and print, whose purpose is to explain that indeed... the Negombo has no need of guides, and that some of the relaxing benefits are discovered only if the sought experience is more like a game, a joyful path, an exploration of beauty, health and fun.
Since the days of the Etruscans, thermal waters have been used by priests in religious rites; as the Romans spread through Italy, they popularised thermalism with the creation of numerous thermal centres throughout the peninsula. Based on detailed and innovative scientific studies begun in those early times, the first therapeutic protocols were introduced. This natural resource has made Ischia famous since antiquity. Strabo and Pliny often alluded to the therapeutic powers of the island’s waters in their writings. The renown of the spas of Ischia has waxed and waned over the centuries: already known in the era of Magna Grecia, they were rediscovered by the Romans during the Imperial age and, after long obscurity, were studied by Doctor Jasolino at the end of the 16th century. Negombo Park, set in the Bay of San Montano, is considered one of the richest basins and most productive sources of thermal water.
A users guide
Negombo is a microcosm, conceived and built as a place of delight and wellbeing that contains all the pleasures and benefits that the thermal waters can give, combined with the sea and the garden that surround it.
Each of the “pools” the park offers is designed for specific functions: the thermal pools provide relaxation and the prevention of rheumatism and improve the skin; the hydro-massages are there to stimulate the circulation; the Hamam (Turkish baths) are for the elimination of toxins; the sea provides iodine and a place for swimming.
All of this is available for use on a flexible and recreational basis as suits the needs and personality of each guest. There is therefore no single way for everyone to get the best from what the Park offers, nor from what each element does. You can for example make use of the different temperatures of pools according to the wellbeing and pleasure which you wish to achieve and the experience you want to have.
You can freely combine seawater and thermal water baths in any order. You can use the water spouts of the Templare, designed with the upper parts of the body in mind, for other applications and massages.
The combination baths, which alternate hot and cold water pools, such as the Labyrinth and the Maya, are useful for stimulating the circulation and foot reflexology, but there is no prescribed number of circuits, nor is it obligatory that you go from the hot water into the cold.
The optimum route – in the absence obviously of any specific cardio-circulatory condition - is therefore the one that meets our specific and unique requirements, given our individual history, tastes, needs and lifestyle, at that moment or on that day.
The whole park, with its swimming pools, bathing places, waterfalls, Turkish baths and caves spread throughout - as true “installations” - is a place of wellbeing, as it is a place of beauty, of discovery, of recreation, of sport and of adventure.
So it is that to enter the Turkish bath, in the lower part of the park, is to experience an amniotic architecture painted by the shafts of light that filter the path of the sun whilst, on the slopes above, the feeling is more a return to the cave, to the womb of the rock, and an immersion in a deep well.
In the same way the garden offers many diverse experiences: the enjoyment of its beauty and the rediscovery of a relationship with nature and its slow pace, a return to the magical and adventurous age of childhood and an appreciation of the complex botanical research behind the rare and unusual plants growing there, subtly blended into the design of the landscape in harmony with the Mediterranean maquis. And finally the park allows you an aesthetic experience, an extraordinarily direct and unexpected encounter with contemporary art, with works by Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giuseppe Maraniello, Lucio Del Pezzo and Laura Panno set around the gardens.
The Greeks considered the “middle state” (media misura) to be perfection, for thisreason they did not assign it a specific numeric value: where the ideal point lies, somewhere between too much and too little, is in fact different for each of us. We have applied this wise rule when integrating Dionysism into the inspiration of the philosophy of Negombo.
Guests are therefore invited to make individual and creative use of Negombo by the invention of their own personal route around the park, for a wholly unique experience.
The spring waters at Negombo are: mineral (as they contain dry mineral residues of more than 1 gram per litre), hypertermal (they flow from the sprint at a temperature above 40°C) alkaline (as they are rich in sodium chloride), radioactive (ithey contain small quantities of the noble gas, radon).
The water at Negombo can add to the individual characteristics listed above the presence of the noble gas radon, which makes it mildly radioactive and favours the absorption of salts present in the waters into the body. In addition the water, with its anti-infiammatory and soothing effect, after producing an initial feeling of tiredness, goes on to improve muscle tone.
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