On the slopes of Monte Amiata, the old volcano, gush out natural hot water springs, famous since Etruscan times. Exploring this small corner of Tuscany, wedged between the “mother mountain” and the gentle rolling hills of Val d'Orcia, means wellness more than anything else: you’ll be spoilt for choice from among the outdoor spas and the modern facilities.
Our starting point is Bagni San Filippo, where you can admire a true natural spectacle: Fosso Bianco. Also called the “white whale” because of its size, the limestone deposits have built up over the years thanks to the outpouring of hot, calcium-rich water that emerges spontaneously from the subsoil. In the shade of this giant, in the heart of the wood, you can take a dip in the thermal falls and stream. It’s a truly unique thing to do!
At Bagno Vignoni, hot water gushes forth of its own accord and gathers in the big tank in the village centre, in the striking "Piazza delle Sorgenti," where up until the Seventies you could bathe.
Today, if it’s wellness you’re looking for, head for the two spa centres in the village: Hotel Posta Marcucci, with its outdoor pool, or Spa dell'Albergo Le Terme, where you can indulge in treatments inspired by the five elements or the Rasul bath, which combines mud therapy with the steam of the hammam.
Lastly, if you’re dreaming of a luxury experience, there is nowhere quite like Adler Thermae, which combines a spa centre, restaurant and hotel. With breath-taking views over the Val d'Orcia, unwind in the outdoor pools, purify your body in the five saunas, try different types of beauty treatments and massages (even featuring Brunello wine), and have a nap in the relaxation area, which offers beds that resemble big hammocks hanging from the ceiling.
Cover image credit: Tomek