Repolano Hot Springs – A Lesser Known Luxury Retreat in Tuscany
The Terme di Rapolano are located about thirty kilometers from the beautiful Siena, in two spas one kilometer from the center of the small village of Rapolano, in the heart of the Crete Senesi: the Antica Querciolaia and San Giovanni.
Obviously the Terme di Rapolano were already known and used by the Romans, who in the matter of spas were rather experienced and passionate, it then became a well-known place for skin diseases during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Rapolano thermal waters gush out from the subsoil at a temperature of 39/40 ° and are rich in sulfur, calcium, sodium, magnesium and bicarbonate, particularly suitable for the therapeutic treatments of respiratory, cardiovascular and skin diseases, as well as naturally for the induced muscle relaxation from the intense heat.
The Terme di Rapolano are not very famous and especially attract people from the surroundings, if you go in the less crowded periods, away from the weekends and the summer, you will have the spa all for you.
There are two spas and wellness centers that are part of the circuit of the Terme di Rapolano: the Antica Querciolaia and San Giovanni.
The Antica Querciolaia Hotel and Wellness Center This is a vast spa complex with numerous swimming pools, both outdoor and indoor, where the water temperature changes progressively.
our spas have a system of indoor and outdoor therapeutic thermal pools with variable temperature (hot baths at 39°/ 40°C, temperate baths at 30°-34°C and cold baths at 22°-25°C) which can be used according to seasonality and most suitable thermal path.
The spa proposal is completed by the Wellness Center (massages, body and face care, cosmetics), by the spa treatments (aerosol, mud, balneotherapy, and rehabilitation, in agreement with the National Health Service) and by the suggestive Winter Garden, a heated room at the center of the park of secular trees for the tasting of typical products;
Terme di Rapolano: timetables and prices – Antica Querciolaia
Monday – Friday 09.00 – 19.00
Saturday 09:00 – 01:00
Sunday 09:00 – 20:00
From Monday to Friday € 13.00
Saturday, Sunday, holidays and pre-holidays € 17.00
Children from 4 to 9 years old € 10.00-12.00
Afternoon from Monday to Friday from 15.00 € 11.00
Sunday and holidays from 16.00 € 13.00
Saturday from 19.00 € 13.00
You can also buy a season ticket for 10-weekday tickets for € 100 or 10 festive tickets for € 130, or a 30 season ticket for both weekdays and holidays valid for 12 months € 350
Terme di Rapolano: timetables and prices – San Giovanni
Located in a more secluded position, about a kilometer from the inhabited center, it is a rather luxurious spa facility, with an adjoining hotel equipped with 10 suites.
The characteristic of its thermal offer is to offer swimming pools with different degrees of heat, in a context that also includes a wellness and beauty center, a tennis court and pools for rehabilitation treatments. It is, therefore, an integrated and complete offer of high-level services.
To complete the already wide range of wellness services guaranteed by the two renowned spas in Rapolano, there are some interesting charming accommodation facilities that take advantage of the wonderful natural context to offer relaxing stays.
Where to sleep at the Terme Antica Querciolaia
To complete the already wide range of wellness services guaranteed by the two renowned spas in Rapolano, there are some interesting charming accommodation facilities that take advantage of the wonderful natural context to offer relaxing stays. Imagine a few days, or even a week, of total relax – just Spa treatments and maybe some indoor games, how does that sound?
Here is a list of the many hotels, agritourism and B&Bs in the surroundings of the Terme Antica Querciolaia, many affiliated with the spas and equipped with an outdoor swimming pool that can be used during the hot season.
How to get to the Terme di Rapolano:
By car, leave from Siena to get to Rapolano in half an hour along the Siena-Bettolle motorway junction and then exit at the appropriate junction.
The same link leads to Rapolano from Perugia, after a journey of 1 / 1.30 h. The motorway junction allows you to shorten your journey times a lot, unless you run into times of particular traffic.
What to see in the surroundings of Rapolano Terme
it is an attraction in itself: just wandering the car through the narrow streets between hills and gentle slopes to find postcard views and panoramas, with the terrain that, in all shades of gray and ocher, acts as a frame for filarini of cypresses and rustic farmhouses.
When and if you decide that you have had enough to photograph beautiful landscapes, you can go without hesitation to Siena, a city of art, history, and culture that satisfies the most demanding tourist.
Rapolano itself, however, deserves an in-depth visit: in fact there is a vast Etruscan archaeological area, with an imposing thermal complex and necropolis.
The inhabited center with a medieval layout makes a fine display of the Castle and the Palazzo del Podestà, while in the immediate surroundings there are small and delightful villages, although unknown to most, such as Armaiolo, Poggio Santa Cecilia and San Gimignanello.
Particularly characteristic of the area are the handicrafts, which are worth taking home on your return: in Rapolano the traditional travertine working activity to manufacture knick-knacks, amphorae and small sculptures is famous, while in San Giovanni d’Asso, in a few kilometers away, one of the finest white truffles in Italy is gathered.
An unmissable event in the area is the Crete Senesi White Truffle Market Exhibition held every year on the second and third weekend of November at the castle of San Giovanni d’Asso.