Ancient Roman Water: Italy’s Oldest Spring

Feb 06, 2019 271

BY: Francine Segan

Emilia-Romagna is home to one of Italy’s oldest springs: Galvanina, which is located in the town of Rimini, birthplace of famed director Federico Fellini. The mineral water from this natural spring has been renowned since ancient Roman times when nobility would vacation near the source to enjoy the water’s many health benefits.

The spring sits 1,000 feet above sea level, at the peak of San Lorenzo Mountain, a site so lovely that centuries ago it was nicknamed Paradiso, “Paradise,” but the water starts hundreds of miles away in Italy’s Apennine Mountains. Rain collects in pools underground then slowly passes through sandstone and clay, becoming naturally carbonated and enriched with a delicate balance of minerals as it travels to the springs. The water’s trek takes almost three years moving through this natural filter until it bubbles out of the spring ready to be bottled.

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