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5 thermal towns for a relaxing vacation

From Saturnia to San Casciano dei Bagni: here are the wellness resorts

For a relaxing and reinvigorating getaway, nothing beats treating yourself to a week-end in Tuscany: here are 5 spa destinations full of beauties to discover and spa treatments to indulge in.

Contents
  • 1.
    Saturnia
  • 2.
    Bagno Vignoni
  • 3.
    Monsummano Terme
  • 4.
    Chianciano Terme
  • 5.
    San Casciano dei Bagni
1.

Saturnia

Thermal waterfalls at Fonte Pura Hotel Saturno, Saturnia
Thermal waterfalls at Fonte Pura Hotel Saturno, Saturnia - Credit: hotelsaturnofontepura.com

In the heart of Maremma, Saturnia has been known since Etruscan times for its curative thermal water springs. Here the water flows at a constant temperature of 37.5° and attracts visitors from all over the world in every season.
The long journey of Saturnia's thermal water begins as rain falls on the slopes of Mount Amiata: filtering through the soil and cracks in the rock, it continues its journey underground for 40 years and resurfaces rich in energy and minerals captured along the way.
In this delightful village - also known for being the oldest Italic city - you can choose to enjoy the spas in the open air, bathing in the splendid Mulino waterfalls or through the regenerating paths and treatments at the Terme Fonte Pura and Terme di Saturnia spas.

1.

Bagno Vignoni

The magic of Bagno Vignoni
The magic of Bagno Vignoni - Credit: Alessio Grazi

A few kilometers from San Quirico d’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni is the fascinating village born around the very special “water square,” a large thermal pool from which the famous hot waters flow - known since ancient times thanks also to the extreme proximity to the Via Francigena - at a temperature of about 49°.
A unique spectacle especially at sunset when the vapors begin to rise from the water enveloping the narrow streets of the village.
Although it is no longer possible to bathe in the warm waters of the ancient pool, baths and spa treatments can be enjoyed at the three accommodations there: The Terme Spa & Resort - in the central square - the Hotel Posta Marcucci - with outdoor and indoor pools - and the Terme Hotel Adler - with the charming Grotta Salina.

1.

Monsummano Terme

The external pool of Grotta Giusti
The external pool of Grotta Giusti

Nestled in the hills of the Valdinievole, Monsummano Terme keeps a true natural spa paradise: the Grotta Giusti.
Defined as early as Master Giuseppe Verdi “the eighth wonder of the world”, the cave is an intact and wonderful thousand-year-old cavity that extends for over 200 meters underground.
A magical place divided into three areas - Heaven, Purgatory and Hell - with temperatures ranging from 28° to 34°C. The steam given off is beneficial and therapeutic.
Among stalactites and stalagmites, you can stop for a natural steam bath.
At the bottom of the cave is Limbo, a crystal clear lake of hot thermal waters at a constant temperature of 36ºC.
The Grotta is located within the centuries-old park of the Giusti family's 19th-century villa, now a resort and wellness center.

1.

Chianciano Terme

Thermal baths of Chianciano
Thermal baths of Chianciano - Credit: Terme di Chianciano Facebook page

Chianciano Terme is a delightful village in the Valdichiana Senese, much beloved by Federico Fellini: here you can enjoy a relaxing day at the Terme Sensoriali, an elegant establishment, unique in Italy, based on the criteria of naturopathy that combines chakras with ultra-modern architectural solutions. The sensory baths offer 20 different experiences to harmonize the human energy field through an effective action on the five elements that constitute man: Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Ether, corresponding to the different areas into which the center is divided.
Don't miss the Piscine Theia, the bath of the Etruscans, which enriches the Thermal Baths of Chianciano with four outdoor and three indoor pools connected to each other, to enjoy a water massage with a view.

1.

San Casciano dei Bagni

Thermal Pool Fonteverde
Thermal Pool Fonteverde - Credit: Fonteverde

San Casciano dei Bagni has always been a renowned spa town, characterized by numerous sulfur springs spread throughout the area.
Incredibly, the pools built by the ancient Romans are still largely usable and are located at the foot of the hill that encloses the medieval village.
For those, on the other hand, who wish to combine wellness, gourmet dining and splendid views amid the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia, there is nothing better than the Centro Termale Fonteverde (Fonteverde Thermal Center), where the thermal pools are fed by natural springs rich in properties having a therapeutic effect that come to the surface at a temperature of 42°C.
The Wellness Center also gives you the chance to choose from a wide range of treatments that combine the properties of thermal substances with modern manual techniques, the tools of Western esthetic medicine and ancient Eastern tradition.

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