In the municipality of Manciano in Maremma, you will notice that there is a small town that is situated on a hilltop that overlooks the world famous thermal springs known as Saturnia. The town resembles an Etruscan feel and can be found along the Roman road Clodia which is in the middle of the Cassia and Aurelia roads.
The way how this place came to be is really ancient as it was proven by the wonderful Porta Romana, Roman Gates, which dated way back to the 2nd century BC which is situated inside the medieval walls that have been built by the Aldobrandeschi family. It was under Siena’s possession until the 16th century since it was made as a part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
What makes Saturnia an attractive destination is its famous thermal springs. These thermal baths are made of several springs that stretch from Mount Amiata to the hills of Albenga and Fiora and reaching Roselle and Talamone. Another reason to believe about its glorious past is the Bagno Santo, Holy Bath, wherein it is known as an antediluvian holy place located a couple of kilometers from the center. The medieval Church of Santa Maria Maddalena in Saturnia is a must visit because of its captivating artistic masterpieces. You should also check out the Archeological Museum and the Aldobrandeschi Fortress as well, but the latter is not open to the public.
In Saturnia, there are warm sulphurous waters that are well-known by the Romans and Etruscans. These waters have a temperature of 37.5 °C, and it can provide you with relaxing and therapeutic properties. According to legend, the springs were created because it is the location where the thunderbolt of Jupiter fell in his battle against Saturn.
Apart from Saturnia’s luxurious wellness and spa centers, there are 2 outdoor waterfalls that you should check out namely: Cascate del Gorello and Cascate del Mulino. If you love to visit the most famous natural springs in Tuscany, then Cascate del Mulino is the place to be. The waterfall itself is relaxing and apart from that, it has several natural pools of warm thermal water which will surely add up to the experience. This place is open to the public for the entire year, and the best part is that it’s free! The only thing you have to worry about is the parking. During the peak season, you will have a hard time finding a parking spot, and if you park illegally, then it can be easy for you to get a parking ticket since the police are always patrolling there. So, before you relax, make sure that you park the right way first.
So, when you are in Maremma, don’t forget to drop by Saturnia and its thermal springs. This place truly is a gem because it is where history and wild nature melts together perfectly thus making Tuscany an ideal vacation spot whenever you are visiting Italy!
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