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Thermal baths
The Spas in Corsica

Orezza Spring The Thermals baths of Pietrapola
The Thermal baths of Guagno-les-Bains
The thermal baths of Urbalacone

A Few of History ...

"Between the 8th and the 9th century B.C, Romans drove Carthaginians away of their trading posts of the Mediterranean Sea, they settled on the eastern coast of Corsica and built Aleria.

[...]One can easily imagine that being lovers and connoisseurs of hot springs, romans have appreciated the Pietrapola's ones, in their heavenly sites, so near of Aleria.

They created there Thermal baths and took advantage of their beneficial effects...

The confirmation of this hypothetis was the discovery of the remains of magnificent thermal baths, of coins and of old pipeworks in the establishment of the current thermal baths.

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If we refer to certain authors, they seemed to have used only the thermic properties of the hot waters, they did not search for an inner curative effect, but only the well-being of the "bathing" effect. This reflection allows us to understand why they have not discovered the properties of Puzzichello, which is a cold spring.

The first christians themselves considered these establishments of baths as dens of iniquity for the heretics and often set fire there. (Cf. Biologie medicale n°7-1938)

Later, when Romans were driven away in turn by successive invasions of Saracens and, probably, then, the Spa of Pietrapola was destroyed."

"We have so to go back to the 8th century to find trace of a medical study of the mineral springs in Corsica. This one has been done under the patronage of Monseigneur Carlo Fabrizio Giustiniano, Bishop of Mariana.

Even before the publication of the work of this prelate entitled "Description de la Corse", Giovanni Della Grossa[..] mentionned that two learned doctors [without telling their names ] had been put in charge of studying "Questi Bagni di Corsica" and reproduced the result of their works in this way:

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  • Near Aleria and Prunelli-di-Fiumorbo, in Pietrapola, two well known springs of very hot waters, active for the rheumatic pains.
  • Near Asco, two springs, one is diuretic, the other acts on the liver diseases (springs no used today).
  • Moranzana pieve of Mariana, ferruginous water.
  • Campo Cardetto, not very known spring that you have to heat to use it.
  • In the "pieve" of Vico: 3 spas, one in Musi (lukewarm water), the second in Balogna (cold water) [probable confusion in the author's mind about the temperature of these two springs, Balogna is a lukewarm water], the third one in Sornu in Su (Guagno, hot water).
  • In the "pieve" of Tallabo baths not well known (Guitera)
  • In the "pieve" of Alata, hot water (Caldane de Tallone).
  • In the village of San'Antonio of this same "pieve" cold spring.

Piève =territorial administrative district during genovese domination

[..] " So we can settle that Pietropola, Guagno, ..etc,  were well kown at the end of the 16th century."

[..] " More precisely what's is written about Guagno, Puzzichello, Pietrapola ...

  • In l'Isle de Corse, written in 1749, springs of Guagno are mentionned..
  • In 1820, Theriaux, first analysis of the water of Guagno..
  • Later, O'Henry et Poggiale (1852), and Constantin James (1854) following a request of the County - wish 1853 sent to the minister of Agriculture - Marchal de Calvi in 1855, A. Pietri in 1898, Félix Battesti in 1905, chemical analysis and medical studies of Pietrapola and Puzzichello springs.
  • Note the Complete Study of Docteur Zuccarelli and L. Gentil, published in 1909 where we find precise indications for these waters, and analysis of all the main springs..
  • In April 1938, M. Barret, Directeur du Laboratoire d'Hygiène Départemental, went to Guagno, Pietrapola, Orezza, Baracci, et Caldaniccia for complete analysis of these waters." [..]

[..] " Since the end of 15th the Spas of Puzzichello and Pietrapola, left to ruins, without any equipment and maintainance, could hardly fit the wishes of customers"

Extracts from "Pietrapola les Bains" by Jean Louis Noel

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Thanks to important works of renovation, modernization and of setting in accordance, the enthusiasts of the water cures could appreciate the beneficial effects of the waters and the quality of the welcome of :
Spas of  Pietrapola

Certified since the 7th of June 1978.
Seven springs of thermal water.
The total flow out of all these springs put together is of 200.000 litres/day.
Indications: Affections of the locomotive apparatus
Other indications: Rheumatism, arthritis, osteoarthritis

Spa of Guagno-les-Bains

The thermal center allows cures treating the rheumatology with a medical presence and the presence of an osteopath.
Indications: Rheumatology
Accomodation: Hotels or Summeer Rentals [Soccia]

Spa of Urbalaconne [Taccana Spring]

Indications: Respiratory tract (ENT) [recognized and reimbursed from Medicaid]
Other indications: Rheumatology - Dermatology - Psoriasis.
Varicose ulcers (dermatoses) [recognized by the Academy of Medicine]

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