Noelle Soren

Cold springs near Chianciano Terme (the town visible at the top of the photo), 90 miles northwest of Rome, may have saved the life of Augustus (27 B.C.-14 A.D.). According to the first-century B.C. poet Horace, the emperor immersed himself in “icy waters” to cure an ailing liver. These “waters” were probably a spring-fed pool recently excavated by author David Soren. Known locally as the Vasca, the pool is mostly hidden by trees at mid-right in the photo. The partially uncovered area at mid-left is the site of streets and administration buildings contemporaneous with the Vasca, though they were not yet excavated when the photo was shot.