The remains of a Roman aqueduct in the area show the historical importance of water to this region, and so it’s unsurprising that Acqui Terme, found in Piedmont, is a popular thermal spa resort today. There are three different mineral springs found in the city: ‘Bollente’ which flows from a public fountain at a temperature of 75C, casting steam into the surrounding air; ‘Lago Delle Sorgenti’, which feeds pools and treatment facilities inside a spa complex; and Acqua Marcia, which can be found within a temple-like structure on the outskirts of town.
Whilst the warmer waters emanating from the first two springs are used for treatments such as Himalayan floating therapies and mud massages, Acqua Marcia produces cooler water that can be used to treat skin issues or drunk directly from the source.
Elsewhere in Acqui Terme, food and wine take centre stage, like they do in so many other parts of Italy. The city is encircled by beautiful vineyards, providing great hiking opportunities and the chance to try a tipple or two in the local restaurants. Another highlight has to be the impressive Romanesque cathedral boasting a decorative dome and a 15th-century triptych created by Bartolomé Bermejo.