Saturnia Hot Springs: The Gorgeous Thermal Baths in Tuscany, Italy
Saturnia Hot Springs: The Gorgeous Thermal Baths in Tuscany, Italy
Prices, what to see, what to eat and where to sleep.
Tuscany is the Italian region that has the highest number of thermal springs, 25% of the total present on the Italian territory, in fact, is located here.
In Tuscany there is really spoiled for choice, from luxury SPAs, to cheaper ones up to the always-popular free natural thermal baths.
In this article we will talk about what we think are among the best spas in Tuscany: the Terme di Saturnia, what are the prices, the services offered, where to sleep, what to eat and what to see around Saturnia. So you can organize a relaxing holiday or weekend in every aspect.
To get an overview of the best spas in Tuscany and then explore them individually you can read this article, if instead you want to know more about the Terme di Saturnia read on.
Per avere una panoramica sulle migliori terme in Toscana e poi approfondirle singolarmente potete leggere questo articolo, se invece volete saperne di più sulle Terme di Saturnia continuate a leggere.
Saturnia Hot Springs
The Terme di Saturnia are certainly one of the most famous spas in Italy, they are located in the homonymous town, in the area of the beautiful town of Manciano, in Tuscany.
The water that feeds the wellness center and the free spas below, the Cascate del Mulino, comes from the same source and flows at a constant temperature of 37.5 degrees, with a flow rate of 500 liters per second.
Saturnia was already a tourist center, if you can call it that, in Roman times; legend has it that it was the god Saturn who created them in a moment of anger; tired of the continuous wars unleashed by man flare up lightning bolts on the earth giving birth to the thermal spring.
Since then the Saturnia spas have been used to relax, take care of your health and regenerate in general, both physically and mentally. In short, it seems that Saturn has really helped men not to go to war, at least for a weekend at the spa …
Saturnia Thermal Baths: Prices
If you decide not to stay inside the Hotel Terme di Saturnia, there are many cheap solutions in the surrounding area, or you are just taking a day trip and you are not interested in the SPA treatment packages, you can choose between 3 different entrance tickets , which offer differentiated services:
Terme di Saturnia entrance ticket for 23 euros, 26 if purchased on site. This basic ticket includes access to the Thermal Park, to the hot and cold hot tubs and to the waterfalls, including parking and free use of Wi-Fi. You can also stay half a day, entering in the afternoon, at a cost of 21 euros, 18 online. The daily entrance on holidays is 31 euros. At each the online offers vary depending on availability and season so the costs may be slightly different from the time of writing
Terme di Saturnia entrance ticket at 60 euros, 65 if purchased on site. In this case, in addition to access to the Thermal Park and the services mentioned above, you will have a sunbed and umbrella in a reserved area in the internal courtyard of the Club, Dressing room and locker, Turkish Bath, Sauna, Air-conditioned Relax Areas, Bathrobe, towel and slippers , Drinks and fruit.
Terme di Saturnia entrance ticket at 105 euros, 110 if purchased on site. This last possibility, called “Relais formula”, adds to the services of the previous solution Drink on board Source Use of the fittness area Car Valet service from the Resort Solarium area Privacy island Relaxation area with herbal tea in the exclusive The Ultimate Spa.
The various services listed above, such as cot or bathrobe rental, can be paid individually upon entering the structure.
Children under 12 years of age enter for free, however, keep in mind that one child enters for free for each paying adult so if you are a single adult with two children under 12 one of the two will pay the reduced entrance ticket of 13 euros.
From 1/11/2018 to 31/03/2019
From 9.30 to 17.00
Afternoon entrance: 13.00 – 17.00
From 1/04/2018 to 31/10/2018 From 9.30 to 19.00 Afternoon entrance: 2.00pm – 7.00pm
For those who stay inside the tree, the entrance to the Thermal Park is obviously free.
Inside the hotel structure of the Terme di Saturnia Hotel, there is also a golf course, a tennis court, and a fitness area and there are many services offered by the SPA inside.
You can book wellness packages or choose them individually, they are also an excellent idea to make a gift certainly appreciated. You can take advantage of the advice of doctors always present in the facility, and keep in mind that some types of treatment have an agreement with the national health service.
Free Natural Hot Spring in Saturnia: Cascate del Mulino (Mill Falls)
The free spas of Saturnia call it “Cascate del Mulino”, being free spas are naturally devoid of any type of service so prepare yourself for a more spartan experience than at the spa, bring a bathrobe to dry yourself in the car but consider that you will feel the sulfur smell for at least a week (personal experience).
Right next to the free spas there is a bar that offers drinks and simple food to be enjoyed near the brazier if the outside temperatures are colder. The free thermal baths of Saturnia are located on the Provincial Road, a few minutes from the spa.
Where to sleep near the spa: Accommodation in Saturnia
Of course, this is not one of the cheapest structures but there are many solutions to save. For example, you may decide to sleep in one of the structures, hotels or b & b, located in the surroundings of the Terme di Saturnia and pay only the daily entrance to the spa.
Alternatively you can sleep in a hotel in Saturnia and go to the nearby free spas, although it would be more beautiful to try them both.
Here you can see a map where you can filter the results and find dozens of hotels a short distance from the spa and other interesting places to visit around Saturnia.
Or you can take a look at the list of hotels in Saturnia and surroundings in the link below:
The Necropolis of Puntone is located very close to Saturnia, in Pian di Cataverna. Once you arrive here you must follow the signs for Usi and for the Pian di Palma and Puntone necropolises. It is not easy to find but you will be rewarded.
You will find yourself strolling among about twenty Etruscan tombs dating back to the period from the 7th to the 5th century. B.C. immersed in a very fascinating oak and sycamore forest. It is not a place stormed by tourists, which makes it very silent, immersed in an almost unreal atmosphere.
Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano: la Via del Tufo (The Turf Way)
These are the three villages that you certainly must not miss during a visit to the Maremma; Pitigliano and Sorano are probably the most beautiful of the three but of course it depends on the tastes and we recommend visiting them all.
Things to do in Pitigliano
Arriving from the road you will see it appear in all its magnificence, there seems to be no separation between the houses and the tuff cliff below. The historic center is known as Little Jerusalem, with its Jewish ghetto and synagogue carved out of the tuff.
A few years ago Luigi Faccini’s film Il pane della memoria which traces this history of integration and its dramatic epilogue. In March the arrival of spring is celebrated with a characteristic torch and a bonfire in the square where winter is burned. Don’t miss the Medici aqueduct, the Palazzo Fortezza Orsini.
Nearby there are the Le Vie Cave di Pitigliano, also called “tagliate” or “cavoni”, they are the evocative road routes dug by the Etruscans in the tuff rock to connect the settlements of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana. Some of these have walls up to 20 meters high, are up to 1 km long, up to 3 meters wide and often cross with Etruscan necropolises.
Not far away is the beautiful village of Sorano, also dug out of the tuff, also here do not miss a nice walk through the streets of the historic center. A few kilometers from the town are the homonymous spas: the Terme di Sorano.
The Garden of Tarots (Il Giardino dei Tarocchi)
The Tarot Garden is an artistic park located in Garavicchio, in the municipality of Capalbio, in the province of Grosseto. It is located not far from the Terme di Saturnia and is a destination not to be missed to spend a different day visiting something not so common in Italy.
The Tarot Garden was designed by the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. As the name suggests, it is a tarot theme park, more specifically, these are statues whose realization was inspired by the 22 major arcana of the tarot.
The statues, up to 15 meters high, are made of different and original materials; ceramics, glass, mirrors, steel and concrete. A place as artistic as it is fairytale, to be seen at least once in a lifetime.
The Tarot Garden: price and timetables
The Tarot Garden is open from April 1st to October 15th from 14:30 to 19:30 while from October 16th to March 31st from 8:00 to 16:00.
It is possible to book guided tours only in the winter but not during the Christmas period, from December 23rd to January 7th.
In November, December, January, February and March, admission to the Tarot Garden is free on the first Saturday of each month.
Costs: entrance ticket to the Tarot Garden
Full: € 12
Reduced: € 7 (children from 7 to 16 years, students, over 65 and groups)
Reduced: € 3 (for elementary schools)
Free: children under 7 years and disabled people.
The Giglio Island (Lily island)
Giglio Island needs no introduction, it is one of the pearls of the Tuscan Archipelago, facing Monte Argentario. Despite being small in size and very touristy, most of the island is still unspoiled.
In summer it offers beautiful beaches and crystalline waters famous especially among diving enthusiasts. But during the colder months the charm of Giglio is even more pronounced, with fewer people around, almost only the few inhabitants of the island (about 1400 people scattered throughout the island) you will have the many panoramic pedestrian paths available only for you.
Arrive by ferry to Giglio Porto, which is also the only port on the island of Giglio and you can reach Giglio Castello, a medieval village located in the highest part of the island.
For timetables and prices of ferries to Giglio Island click here.
Other towns around Saturnia are Porto Ercole and Montemerano. Montemerano is a small fraction of the municipality of Manciano, about 10 kilometers from Saturnia. Porto Ercole, on the other hand, is a typical maritime harbor with its characteristic smells and sounds.
Restaurants in Saturnia and surroundings: what to taste
The culinary tradition of this area is based on simple and peasant ingredients. Among the typical dishes that you must taste in Saturnia and surroundings there are the gnocchi of wild boar bread, the croutons with cauliflower, the Mille di Pitigliano, the bastard focaccia with ricotta and vin santo, the sweet tortello fried or baked (puff pastry stuffed with ricotta and cinnamon, wet with alchermes), tozzetti, hazelnut flavored biscuits and candied fruit.
The area around Saturnia, in particular the village of Pitigliano, have been inhabited for centuries by a conspicuous Jewish community that has greatly influenced the local cuisine.
Among the typical dishes, in fact, there are Esau’s soup with lentils and meatballs; the trousers (brain tortelli); the pan, a dish based on beef left to soak in wine and potatoes; evictions, similar to a stick, filled with honey, orange peel, walnuts, anise and nutmeg.
Click here to find and read reviews on the best restaurants in Saturnia