Hot Springs in Tuscany – Saturnia, Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

Hot Springs in Tuscany – Saturnia, Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

Hot Springs in Tuscany – Saturnia, Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

The Saturnia thermal hot springs are one of Italy’s best-kept secrets and an absolute must do in Italy. A collection of silk blue water springs on different levels who are heated by the nearby volcano. A small but powerful stream of water keeps the water flowing down all levels and makes sure it has a constant temperature of 37 degrees.

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Saturnia is a spa town in Tuscany, Italy. A commonly misunderstood fact is that the springs are part of a nearby located spa resort. The Saturnia hot springs in Tuscany are completely FREE to visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How to visit the Saturnia hot springs in Tuscany?

Being strategically located between Siena (2 hours) and Rome (3 hours) is what makes Saturnia a perfect stop to add to your Tuscany road trip. The best option is to rent a car, drive there and spend the night at one of the bed and breakfasts near the hot springs.

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Enjoy the peaceful baths during sunset or sunrise when the least visitors are in the baths. The relaxing sound of the powerful waterfall will muffle the talking that you would normally hear around you. If you really want a private experience, visit the spring before 7 AM.

Next to the hot spring is a parking area that’s also open the entire day.
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Why does the hot spring smell?

Because its natural heated process the sulfur smell is a small drawback of the Tuscany thermal hot springs. Some days its worse than the other but as the water is said to be healing, you will feel as new after a good bath here.

What to bring to the hot springs in Tuscany

Your 2-week trip through Italy isn’t complete without a proper swim in the Saturnia hot springs. Bring your towel and drinking water so you won’t get dehydrated but change in your hotel or car. There are no changing facilities at these hot springs in Tuscany.

➳ Read: 2-week Italy Travel Guide

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Tip: You might want to wear water shoes as small pebble-stones cover the spring’s floor.

It is almost unreal that this exists and that everyone can enjoy it for free. Please take your garbage with you and leave the hot springs even cleaner than before.

Hotels Saturnia

There is a handful of good hotels and B&B’s in the area. Our B&B 8380 is a 5-minute walking distance from the thermal hot springs. Same goes for the Spa and Golf Resort. Best is to choose accommodation in either Saturnia or Montemerano.

Montemerano is one of the most beautiful little villages in Italy and great to have dinner. Read more about it in our Tuscany Road Trip Guide.

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  • Valerie Cass

    We just returned from Tuscany and did visit the Saturnia hot springs. Agree that it is a very special experience. The picture you are showing is of the cascades which undoubtedly is the most dramatic. Before however finding the cascades we discovered a stream with small pools along its length. So we got to enjoy the privacy of our own small pool before encountering the crowds at the cascades. Different experiences but both very enjoyable.

  • Bilal and Izzy

    Love this article! When we think of Italy, we are not thinking of hot springs or natural baths. This is such a great place and we will definitely check this place out now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Camila & Cory

    We didn’t know that there could be such contrast and diverse beauty in Tuscany. Can’t believe how pretty and peaceful it looks, especially to be able to visit for FREE!
    Thanks for sharing. Great job on the pictures and the outfit picked it really pops out and shows the deep beauty of the place.

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