Si Trova: tra Segesta e Castellammare del Golfo
Lat: 37° 58' 20.97130" N - Long: 12° 53' 36.04472" E
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Surrounded by a wonderful natural scenery, between reeds and rocky walls of white travertine streaked with pink, the thermal baths of Segesta, also known as Polle del Crimiso, have been known and frequented since ancient times.
They have volcanic origin; the water flows at a temperature of about 47 degrees.
To reach them, you cross enchanting places in paths that pass through natural tunnels made by the same river plants.
The river is just over 3 meters wide, and less than 50 centimeters deep, and in its initial part it flows between high rocky walls.
The ancient Greeks told the legend according to which the god Krimisòs would have raised the temperature of the water to heat the nymph Egesta, who fled the destruction of Troy in the wake of Aeneas, to found the nearby Segesta.
The historian Diodorus Siculus tells that to facilitate the on-site dwelling for the sick who made use of these baths, a suburb was built there, and many people afflicted with illnesses regained their vigor using these waters.
Even today you can freely have a bath in the waters of the three springs, beneficial in case of respiratory and skin rheumatic diseases; a private bathing establishment has been built nearby, but the place of the springs has remained natural and there is no entrance fee.
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