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.
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. UPDATE: The parking is moved to a nearby location indicated with signs.
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.
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.
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. The 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.