Thanks to numerous thermal water deposits, Tuscany is the region of Italy that boasts more thermal establishments. Here, thanks to waters with a temperature between 25 and 54 ° C, they have many beneficial properties for the body: they cure rheumatism, alleviate vascular diseases, give relief to respiratory diseases and urinary tract.
And, often, thanks to the natural contexts in which they are placed, they are also good for the soul. All the more so because they are located in a wonderful territory, which everyone envies us, which is absolutely worth visiting, alone or with a special tour.
Thermal baths in Siena
The province that hosts the largest number of spas and thermal establishments in Tuscany is Siena with the beautiful Val d’Orcia and Monte Amiata, a dormant volcano that gives rise to the thermal waters of the area.
Bagni San Filippo
Among the establishments that benefit from these waters, Bagni San Filippo (a hamlet of San Quirico d’Orcia), a free thermal area inside the Fosso Bianco stream, stands out: large thermal pools and waterfalls have a temperature of 50°C. They are rich in minerals, calcium above all. But it is their context to be a real fairy tale: immersed in the woods, Bagni San Filippo is nicknamed “Balena Bianca” (White Whale), thanks to the white immensity rock are thrown into the stream, and that looks just like a whale.
Access to Bagno Vignoni is subject to payment. The access is always in San Quirico d’Orcia: here stands one of the most important spas in Tuscany, the hotel Posta Marcucci, with a splendid view of the fortress Castiglione d’Orcia. Lovers of low-cost spas choose the destination. The Piazza delle Fontane in the center of town is very suggestive, where there is a medieval pool surrounded by Renaissance buildings that distribute the thermal water throughout the town. However, a magnificent place in which it is forbidden to dive has been a source of inspiration for many directors, from the Soviet Andrej Arsen’evičTarkovskij in the 80s: here have also acted Carlo Verdone, Francesca Neri, Sergio Rubini, Christian De Sica, and Rocco Papaleo.
Terme di Chianciano
Then there are the Terme di Chianciano, curative for diseases of the liver and gastrointestinal system (whose oldest and most prestigious spa is represented by the Parco Termale Acqua Santa e Fucoli), where the sensory baths immersed in the greenery of the Parco Acqua Santa allow you to choose between different paths with wellness treatments.
Terme di Montepulciano
Very famous are also the Thermal baths of Montepulciano, which – rich in sulfur and bromine – help those who suffer from respiratory, ortho-rheumatic, and skin problems. Here the focus is on the concept of thermal prevention and resilience to daily stress thanks to specific relaxing, rebalancing, and toning treatments.
Terme di Petriolo
In Monticiano, the Terme di Petriolo, with free access and water at 43 ° C, are among the most popular in the region, especially by foreign tourists; more chic are instead the two establishments of Rapolano Terme, the Antica Querciolaia open all year round and the Terme di San Giovanni, famous for those hyper-thermal waters that are the hottest in all of Tuscany (they flow from the source at a temperature of 39 ° C) and made elegant by the structures in fine travertine.
Finally, San Casciano dei Bagni: with its 42 hot springs, is in third place in Europe for water flow and is counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy. An enchanting place where you can treat yourself to a relaxing stay. Not everyone knows the free thermal baths reachable by going beyond della Fontanaccia and arriving at Bagno Grande and Bagno Boscolo’s two baths.
Thermal baths in Florence
Terme della Via Francigena
Not far from Florence, Gambassi Terme hosts the Terme della Via Francigena and is famous for its drinking water, with high purifying properties. The plant uses the Acqua di Pillo and is particularly suitable for those suffering from digestive disorders. The Pillo water flows underground for 50 years and is released at a temperature of 15 ° C: it is classified as “cold thermal water.” It was already used in the early 1900s, and many athletes used to make stops to take advantage of these exceptional beneficial properties: the Tuscan cycling champion Gino Bartali.
Thermal baths in Massa-Carrara
The thermal spring of Villa Undulna results from a fortune discovery at the beginning of the twenty-first century during excavations (it is, therefore, one of the youngest spas in Italy). A few kilometers from Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, Villa Undulna is a luxury resort and is the emblem of the Terme della Versilia, located in Cinquale, the only Tuscan thermal baths together with the Elba thermal baths to directly overlook the sea. The Terme di Equi also belongs to the province of Massa-Carrara, known since prehistoric times and immersed in a postcard view.
Thermal baths in Pisa
Those who decide to treat themselves to vacation between Pisa and Lucca, several spas – from the famous leaning tower – are just a handful of kilometers away.
Casciana Terme is a splendid village whose establishment, Villa Borri, in addition to the thermal baths, houses a wellness center and a rehabilitation center and offers all the charm of an old restored agricultural structure.
San Giuliano Terme
The other spa town in the province of Pisa is San Giuliano Terme, with its ancient baths. Here is Bagni di Pisa, the Italian Hospitality Collection group’s luxurious resort, including Grotta Giusti di Monsummano and Fonteverde. The pools are immersed in an eighteenth-century context rich in frescoes and stuccoes, and the effect is extraordinary.
Thermal baths in Lucca
Hotel & Terme Bagni di Lucca
A hotel and two ancient establishments give life to the Hotel & Terme Bagni di Lucca. In the past, one of the most famous Italian spas in Europe and one of the only spas in Tuscany natural thermal grotto.
Thermal baths in Pistoia
There are also two spas in the province of Pistoia.
First, the Montecatini Terme: frequented by noblemen and famous around the world since the beginning of the century, is home to the plant canopy, among the most important in the world for mineral water treatment: its water to drink are renowned everywhere, and they are extremely effective in case of digestive system disorders. Located in Valdinievole, one of the wettest areas of the Italian hinterland, they are in a strategic position, less than 50 meters from the tourist resorts of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, and Versilia.
The other destination is Monsummano Terme: its innovative spa, Grotta Giusti, takes its name from a natural cave with thermal vapors to treat respiratory diseases and offer beauty treatments.
Thermal baths in Livorno
Terme di Sassetta
The first Tuscan spa facility to offer a widespread wellness program is located in the province of Livorno, in which thermal treatments are part of a broader holistic path of psycho-physiological rebalancing. Inside the La Cerreta farmhouse, the Terme di Sassetta is immersed in a beautiful forest and pamper their guests with a biodynamic diet. A few minutes from the sea, the thermal center of Venturina Terme uses the Crater Spring’s waters, already known to the Etruscans and Romans and useful in the respiratory, ENT, rheumatic, digestive, and peripheral vasculopathy…
On the Island of Elba, you can find an enchanting thermal pool in the San Giovanni area, easily accessible on foot once you land in Portoferraio. An excellent opportunity to visit the island and enjoy a few hours of relaxation before returning.
Thermal baths in Grosseto
Also, the province of Grosseto, in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, has several spas.
Terme di Saturnia
Starting with the Terme di Saturnia, with the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls among the world’s most famous. Free spas, loved for the natural context in which they are immersed, are composed of gigantic limestone pools formed over the centuries and are super scenic. Diving into their waters is truly an experience.
Terme di Sorano
In the so-called “Zona del Tufo” (Tuff Area), instead, the Terme di Sorano (Sorano Thermal Baths) rise not far from Pitigliano and Sovana: their establishment is small and intimate. Still, it has the charm of ancient times, with that thermal pool that the friars of the Pieve used already in the Middle Ages.
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