Here you will find a modern thermal spa centre where visitors can take advantage of the beneficial effects of its famous mineral springs that have a high concentration of carbon dioxide and iron. These springs flow out from crystalline metamorphic rock that can be found in a large part of the Ortles Cevedale mountain range. Discovered back in 1660 and then analysed over the years by many researchers, these mineral springs have become well known all over Europe. Today, the “Terme di Rabbi” establishment promotes this natural treasure. Near the thermal centre you will also find the Stelvio National Park’s Visitors Centre.
The history of this hamlet is quite clearly linked to the discovery of its mineral springs: chronicles report, that as early as 1670, there were 500 visitors that came to Rabbi just for the mineral springs, and this number kept increasing in the following years, making it a very important resource for the valley. The springs belonged to the Thunn Counts, who had exclusive jurisdiction over Rabbi since the 15th century. Several decades later they gave several of the valley’s families, including the Molignoni family who became well known, the right to exploit the thermal water as a “beneficial tenancy”. At the end of WWI and the end of the Habsburg empire, when the valley’s mineral springs were already renowned, Rabbi’s thermal tradition went through difficult times: today, thanks to a new promotional plan that promotes the water’s beneficial properties and the area in which they are located, the Stelvio National Park, the Rabbi Thermal Spa has become one of the top therapeutic and wellness centres in the Alps.
In 1783, Simone Molignoni decided to have a church built right beside the Rabbi mineral springs, since, at the time the Thunn family had granted him authority over the springs. The reason was quite simple; the groups of bathers that came to the springs could now attend religious ceremonies together with the priests travelling with them. And it was the Molignoni family themselves that began to build the church which was then completed in 1784 by the Pangrazzi brothers. The church was enlarged in 1835. It had three altars, the main altar had a wooden ancon painted with a marble-like decoration, and an interesting altar piece from the late 18th century, which was probably painted by a guest of the thermal spa, and it represents a “Sacra Conversazione” with a depiction of a young Mary, Ann and Joachim.
In Bagni di Rabbi, you can also visit the Stelvio National Park’s Visitors Centre where you can learn more on the various areas and habitats of the Park.
From Bagni di Rabbi you will also find a special itinerary called “Sentiero del legno e delle segherie” (The wood and sawmill trail) along which you can visit an old Venetian sawmill that used the energy produced by the impetuous Rabbies stream to cut logs into lumber.