The charming town of Bagno Vignoni, in the heart of the Val d’Orcia Park, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, developed around a substantial basin well-known for its miraculously curative waters. These springs were highly regarded as far back as written history goes, due in large part to their proximity to the via Francigena pilgrimage route.
The waters of Bagno Vignoni, which are bicarbonate-sulfate-alcalinoterreos-hyperthermic, flow out at a temperature of around 49°Celsius. They were highly appreciated by the Romans for their healing powers, and found a use in bathing-mud-therapeutic treatments beginning in 1170 with the Emperor Federico II.
Pope Pius II (also known as Piccolomini), Saint Catherine of Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent were all among the noble historical figures who frequented this thermal paradise.
The warmth of the sun and the water vapors rising slowly around the stone basin adds extra oomph to the timeless landscape of the area. Today, though it’s no longer possible to bathe in the warm waters of the ancient pool, visitors can still enjoy dips and spa treatments in the nearby Le Terme Wellness Center, which offers full relaxation and spa treatments to revive both your psychological and physical states.
Bagno Vignoni is also an ideal starting point to visit the nearby cities of Pienza and Montalcino, which are both listed among the 38 Orange Flag towns of Tuscany, as well as the entire Val D’Orcia and Monte Amiata Park, a true open-air museum.