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Dive into nature: Tuscany’s outdoor hot baths

Visit the region's hot springs and enjoy the beauty of nature

Tuscany’s volcanic soil in places like Monte Amiata is rich with natural hot springs whose water regenerates body and soul.

From the undulating Crete Senesi to the wild Maremma, the possibilities for a relaxing and authentically natural vacation are endless. Those looking to be pampered at thermal spas need to look no further: the area’s hot springs, wells and streams are often free of charge. Immerse yourself in nature as the Etruscans did centuries ago!
Saturnia - Mulino waterfalls
Saturnia - Mulino waterfalls - Credit: Goncalo Figuereido

Maybe you already know the Cascate del Mulino di Saturnia, located in Manciano—a beautiful town in the Maremma area. The waterfalls are fed with thermal waters from the Gorello stream, which connects to the Stellata River. Over time, the falls have created natural “tubs” where visitors can go even in the winter. The entire area is free of charge.

Petriolo hot springs
Petriolo hot springs - Credit: Mario Salvucci
Just as well known are the Terme di Petriolo, near Siena, whose water boasts temperatures as high as 42 degrees celsius. The water’s high sulfur levels guarantee excellent therapeutic results, especially for problems with the respiratory system. The boiling baths are located deep in the forest—a magical place that deserves to be discovered!
Bagno Vignoni
Bagno Vignoni - Credit: John Weiss

In the same area, Bagno Vignoni also deserves a visit. The town is famous for the enormous 16th century tub placed squarely in the middle of its main piazza. Head to the Parco dei Mulini—just outside the residential area—where a rectangular pool hosts visitors for free. 

San Filippo
San Filippo

The Val d’Orcia also hosts the Bagni di San Filippo, a fable-like place immersed in a chestnut wood in the Monte Amiata area. Here the waterfalls and natural pools of the Fosso Bianco are yours to enjoy completely free. 

San Casciano dei Bagni, on the slopes of the Monte Cetona, boasts two huge stone tubs immersed in nature.

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