Tuscany’s Thermal Springs
If you think that Tuscany is limited to sprawling landscapes and charming hill-top towns, think again. Besides an extensive coastline, there is much to experience in this vast region that we so deeply adore. Tuscany is home to some of the most unique and picturesque thermal springs. These Tuscan thermal springs also happen to offer a range of benefits for the skin and body. Our team members love organizing a day to visit the thermal springs with their friends followed by a visit to a local village to grab lunch.
There are natural springs in Tuscany that you can enjoy whenever you would would like. To visit these natural springs, you must bring a towel and change of clothes. If you are looking to have more of a spa experience, there are many day-spas that you can visit for a dip, a spa treatment, showers, and great food.
Below are a few of our favorite Tuscan thermal springs.Be aware that there might be a sulfurous smell due to the natural source!
Free Hot Springs
Terme di Petriolo are natural hot springs near Montalcino that have attracted people since ancient times (including a few popes and the Medici members). This is one of our favorite spots to go and play since it is so beautifully immersed in nature. There are not many villages near these pools, so keep that in mind when planning your visit. The natural sulphuric water basin is part of the Farma river which can be accessed for free. Here you will find various pools for all to enjoy. The temperature at Terme fi Petriolo hovers around 42 degrees (Celsius).
The infamous Terme di Saturnia natural hot springs are located in the Maremma region on the Tuscany/Lazio border. This is often the most popular hot spring in Tuscany mainly because of the beautiful cascading pools that you probably have seen on Pinterest. There is a spa that you can pay to visit nearby, but we highly recommend the Cascate del Mulino, which is free and breathtaking. There is also a Roman village nearby with wonderful restaurants.
Hot Spring Spas
Bagno Vignoni is an ancient thermal spring located in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia.
While technically there are free thermal springs located nearby, they are too cold to actually swim in since they are further away from the source. The 49-meter-long rectangular pool in the town center (photographed above) has become a famous landmark and no one is allowed to swim there. We recommend instead visiting one of the day-spas in this area.
Rapolano Terme, is another TuscanDream favorite as it is only an hour and a little change from Florence, though there is not much around Rapolano Terme. This thermal spring has two thermal spring spas, Antica Querciolaia and Terme di San Giovanni, that remain open all year. Both are excellent and affordable choices with temperatures that range from 39-40°C to 30°C.
Montecatini Terme is a town known for its thermal spa centers that have been operating since the 15th century. You will have a few wonderful spa options here as this was once the well-heeled playground for the rich and famous. The architecture is very Art Nouveau with Il Tettuccio being one of the most popular spots.
The Fonteverde Tuscan Resort Spa is one of the most exclusive thermal spring resorts in San Casciano dei Bagni. This spa is in a Medicean residence dating from the 17th century built by the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici and it now houses 66 rooms. It is close to Lago di San Casciano and the village of Chiusi. There is an extensive spa complex here, complete with seven different pools. Some of these pools have a view of the beautiful Val d’Orcia countryside.
Tuscany’s Thermal Springs – Where To Stay
Many of our villas in Siena are an easy short drive to these Tuscany Thermal Springs & Spas. We hope you are excited to enjoy our Tuscan thermal springs on your next visit to Italy.