Tuscan hot thermal springs – SPA for everyone

Tuscany is associated with picturesque hills, rows of cypresses, charming villages, delicious cuisine and fine wine. Few people know, that after an exhausting sightseeing can indulge themself in blissful laziness in one of four hot springs聽available to all for free.

When I was planning a trip to Tuscany I assumed, that we visit all four generally available thermal springs, which I knew. I expected, that they will be identical, meanwhile each one was different. They were differed with聽water temperature and rotten eggs 馃檪 aroma intensity. Therefore, I decided to present them to you by聽creating聽the TOP 4 ranking. I read, that these hot springs聽come from the crater of Monte Amiata聽and being rich in minerals have medicinal properties. They help to respiratory conditions, including asthma, allergies, dermatological diseases, arthritis, rheumatism, and even orthopedic conditions.

My Tuscan hot spring ranking

Place number 4 – Bagno Vignoni

Who of you watched the movie „The Shadow Dancer (2005)”, which was聽set in Val d`Orcia? There’s a scene in which the main character Weldon Parish jumps into a blue pond. It’s Bagno Vignoni, but not the one described in the guidebooks pool聽in the center of town. Pond with the film is in the bushes near the town and there聽where everyone can enjoy a pleasant and health baths. What is the advantage of these springs? A large pond like a swimming pool, where you can swim. The main drawback is the water temperature in the pond, away from hot water, because is approx. 26 oC. Perfect place for a summer heat. Smell? Almost imperceptible.

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How to get there? The following map show how to rich聽the place and where you can park your car. Then is only a short walk to the pond visible on the map above point B. I remind you, that the map you can zoom in and out, is typical Google Maps.

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Place number 3 – Terme di Saturnia

The most famous and most spectacular. The water has a temperature of 37 oC, but rather at the top ponds, the lower ponds are聽cooler. Smell estimate at low intensity. The area, where you can swim is the largest of all聽four springs. Why did Terme di Saturnia take the third place? Firstly I’d be lying saying, that I wasn’t basked. Second tourist crowd is definitely not what I like.

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How to get there?聽Before the village of Saturnia coming from the Montemerano direction turn left near聽brown sign directing to the Cascate del Mulino. You will find there a large free (at least off season) parking place.

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Place number 2 – Bagni di Petriolo

Centuries ago their ailments treated here, Medici, House of Gonzaga and prominent church leaders led by Pope Pius II, the founder and principal uprising of Pienza. According to literature the water has a temperature of 37 oC up聽to聽43 oC. Maybe the water at the discharge actually has the + 43 oC, but in the ponds located in the river definitely approx. + 37 oC. Although water is hot聽and even on a cold day you can bask. Smell?聽The most intense of all four springs. Let me get this straight: in Bagni di Petriolo stinks! Following this theme, whoever had a chance to smell the sulfur swamps on the island of Vulcano know what I mean. The mud聽on Vulcano smells like someone farted after eating聽beans, but the water in Petriolo stink like tanker emptying neighbor’s septic tank. But how smooth is the skin after bath! And hair! At first I thought, that the first thing we do after returning to the Agriturismo, will be a long shower. However, when we arrived (we drove over an hour), hair dried and proved to be silky smooth. We held up with the bath until morning.

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Bagni di Petriolo

How to get there? Bagni di Petriolo is located next to the SS 223 Siena – Grosseto, approx. 34 km southwest of Siena. Coming from Siena, exit at Terme di Petriolo and go approx. 5 km. Bagni is located just off the road, I’m sure you will feel it without seeing.

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and the winner is … – Bagni San Filippo

The unanimous winner of my 聽TOP 4聽ranking of the Tuscan thermal springs is聽Bagni San Filippo. The hottest of all four, the spring in the beginning has聽52 oC!聽Water flows on the limestone rock (picture below) for small ponds聽and then flows into the river. The highest paddling pool聽(picture at the beginning) has such a high temperature, that it is difficult to enter it, not to mention about to聽seat. The most pleasant is the pool聽at the bottom of the rock (second image below).聽The smell of these spring is medium intense, after some time imperceptible. It was聽second after the Petriolo thermal spring, which we visited. Encouraged by the prospect of silky hair I soaked and soaked them. As it turns out, in the water there was聽much more calcium, than in the waters of Petriolo and after drying my hair became stiff as dried-mop. They聽recovered smoothness after the third wash. Learning from my mistakes please save your hair.

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How to get there? Coming from San Salvatore, just after the entrance to the town of Bagni San Filippo, turn right heading for Fosso Bianco. Alongside the road designated with white line free parking places. After parking the car, you should reach聽(point B on the map below), then through the forest path to the right of the road approx. 500 m.

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If due to the very limited time you have to choose just one of the Tuscan hot spring, I recommend You either Bagni San Filippo or Bagni di Petriolo. Satisfaction Guaranteed!

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  1. Maurice

    What a fantastic article, it gives the envy to go there and have a relaxing and healty bath. Thanks for the precious ranking and the recommendation which will permit to choose one or two or all … hahaha.
    Thanks for your great job.
    Maurice

    22 sierpnia 2016 // Odpowiedz
    • Natalia

      Thank you Maurice, I hope You will be read my next posts 馃檪

      24 sierpnia 2016 // Odpowiedz

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