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Wellness and Wine in Siena

The best hot springs where you can pamper yourself in the Siena area, along with the top wineries to visit

Siena is famous in Italy for having a high concentration of thermal hot springs. This is probably due to the fact that it is close to an ancient extinct volcano, Mount Amiata. Ideal for drinking, bathing or inhaling, Siena's Thermal waters are perfect for a whole range of treatments. But Siena is also home to world famous wines. At the foot of some perched villages in the Valdichiana and the Sienese Vald'Orcia, you can glimpse rows and rows of Sangiovese grapevines, used in the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. In this article we list all the best thermal spas where you can pamper yourself in the Siena area, along with the top wineries to visit.   

San Casciano dei Bagni
San Casciano dei Bagni
San Casciano dei Bagni - Credit: Goncalo Figueiredo

San Casciano dei Bagni is an ancient small town known for its millenary natural springs. It boasts a discreetly elegant and luxurious spa centre, enhanced by a flourishing natural setting.

Chianciano Terme
Chianciano Terme
Chianciano Terme - Credit: Enrico Bottino

Chianciano Terme is one of the few authentic “spa towns” in the world because it has always been devoted to wellness spas. In Chianciano Terme, in addition to inhalation and mineral water therapies, you can also enjoy real wellness spas.

Montepulciano
View of Montepulciano
View of Montepulciano - Credit: VVC

Famous worldwide for its Renaissance architecture and Vino Nobile, Montepulciano boasts a young and dynamic spa system comprising a wellness centre and a centre for cosmetic medicine.

Rapolano Terme
Rapolano Terme, porta dei Tintori
Rapolano Terme, porta dei Tintori - Credit: Riccardo

The little town of Rapolano Terme is home to two spa facilities: Terme Antica Querciolaia, with its system of indoor and outdoor pools, and Terme San Giovanni, the waters of which are particularly well-suited for locomotor and respiratory systems. 

Bagni di San Filippo
Bagni di San Filippo, Free Hot Springs in Tuscany
Bagni di San Filippo, Free Hot Springs in Tuscany - Credit: Tomek

This is a place with evocative calcareous sediments made by the hot sulphurous water that, since the Middle Ages, treated the most famous people such as Lorenzo il Magnifico and other nobles of the Medici family. In Bagni di San Filippo, find Fosso Biano: a series of free natural pools where you can swim all the year long and enjoy the special limestone formations whose shapes have inspired the nickname 'the white whale'. For a more comfortable experience head to the Terme San Filippo complex which includes a Hotel Wellness Center and a thermal pool with a view over the spectacular Fosso Bianco. 

Bagno Vignoni
Bagno Vignoni central pool
Bagno Vignoni central pool

Located in the Val D'Orcia area, Bagno Vignoni has a huge thermal pool! You can’t jump in, though. Try the Parco dei Mulini for a free dip just steps away or visit one of the 3 private spas: Albergo Le Terme di Bagno Vignoni, Posta Marcucci, and Hotel Adler.

Modern wineries

Some Montepulciano and Montalcino wineries are noted for their impressive architectural elements and production technologies. In Montepulciano, for example, you can visit Cantina Salcheto an independently powered winery, founded on energy saving and environmental efficiency. The estate covers 65 hectares, 50 of which are covered in vineyards, organic and divided into three lots producing about 230,000 bottles every year.

Cantina di Montalcino is situated in the Val di Cava and was restructured with an important, modern architectural project, whose distinctive roof follows the natural movement of the hills. More than 50% of the winery is underground, as dictated by tradition, to allow easier temperature control and better energy saving. Much of the electricity needed is produced independently with a help of a photovoltaic system. 

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