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Hot springs in Tuscany: Bagno Vignoni

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Hot springs in Tuscany: Bagno Vignoni

Tuscany is one of the most visited regions by tourists. With incredible attractions and magical cities, the region is home to very special cities indeed. One of them is located in the province of Siena and is delicious. Let’s go to our post of the day: Hot springs in Tuscany: Bagno Vignoni.Stay with us and make the most of boot country! Here atItaly’s Dream Tourism we can make the trip of your dreams come true!! Also check out ourAccommodation in Italy – Tips for your Vacations Section!


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Our Introduction

Our destination today is in Tuscany, more precisely in the province of Siena: Bagno Vignoni. Bagno Vignoni is the kind of place that attracts tourists from all over the world for a very specific reason: its splendid thermal waters, but the city offers a little more to its visitors and presents itself in an unpretentious but charming way. Let’s meet Bagno Vignoni? How about a private tour of San Quirico d’Orcia and Bagno Vignoni? Click here to learn more!

A little about Bagno Vignoni…

Hot springs in Tuscany: Bagno Vignoni! Bagno Vignoni is a small town in the municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia. Although it is not a well-known destination for Brazilians, it is a very popular location for tourists from the rest of the world. Bagno Vignoni became famous for its thermal baths, which are considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.

Bagno Vignoni in the heart of the Val d’Orcia

In Bagno Vignoni, we are in the heart of the Val d’Orcia. Between hills, vineyards and typical Tuscan landscapes, we find this city with only 30 inhabitants. Its thermal water spring was even used by the ancient Romans and, over the centuries, it was used to supply the city. The small town we see today dates back to the 1500s and was constantly chosen as a holiday destination by many important names, such as poets, artists and nobles.

The Roman Baths

To the south of the city are the famous Roman Baths. Thermal waters have been used since the eleventh century for the treatment of various ailments, and it is in this area where the “magic waters” are located, which are not excessively hot and have spectacular properties. Here it is also possible to observe the ancient ‘pools’ used in Roman times and the entire natural course of the waters.

A little more about the Roman Baths

Etruscans and Romans have always loved hot springs, not only for hygienic reasons, but mainly because of their beneficial properties, which have been known for literally centuries. It is worth remembering that Bagno Vignoni is located a few minutes from the Via Francigena, which is one of the most important roads traveled by pilgrims heading to Rome and the Holy Land. Since the ninth century, both Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Filippo, which lies a little further south at the foot of Mount Amiata, have been mentioned in ancient travel documents recorded by abbots.

The power of the hot springs and the Baths of Bagno Vignoni

Let’s better understand the power of the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni and get to know some of the city’s hot springs.

The Power of Hot Springs

The waters here flow at a temperature of around 52°C and are the warmest in all of Tuscany. The waters are alkaline, that is, they are considered “hyper-thermal”, as they are very rich in sulfate, bicarbonate and various minerals, so they are indicated, especially, for the treatment of skin problems and for some diseases of the skeletal system, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. The Bagno Vignini thermal baths are very suitable, especially for women, as the waters here help to drain the body, relieve muscle pain, cramps and headaches caused by the hormonal change due to the menstrual period.

Moinhos Natural Park – Free Access

Not far from there we find the beautiful Moinhos Natural Park, which is a protected natural area and was created in 1997. The mills, although abandoned in the 1950s, are still there, but the main attraction is the hot springs. In fact, the park is an excellent place to take full advantage of the region’s hot springs.

Free Access

The open-air hot springs are free to access and are close to the historic center; to get there, you just have to follow the small canals to the left of the main square and then the path that leads to the hill. It is important to mention that the further down the spring, the warmer the waters become. Although we have the advantage of having free hot springs, the place does not have changing rooms or bathrooms, so organize yourself in advance, ok?!

Albergo Posta Marcucci – Private

If you want to have a more complete structure to be able to enjoy it with more peace of mind, I suggest you use the paid thermal waters. You can opt for the Albergo Posta Marcucci, which is modern, is located in the town of Bagno Vignoni and presents itself in a strategic panoramic position. For more information, you can access the website by clicking here.

Le Terme Wellness Centre – Private

Another private place, but worth the investment, is the Le Terme Wellness Center, right next to the medieval pool. The place opens every day from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the ticket can go up to 38 euros. Reservations are mandatory, and the length of stay there is 6 hours. To make your reservation, go to the official website of the service by clicking here.

Golden Tip:

  • The main thermal facility in Bagno Vignoni is Santa Caterina, which is also the oldest establishment. This facility is next to the main square and is the most suitable for those seeking “specific treatment” for problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and other ailments. Here you can take a mud bath and inhale mineral vapors, which can also help people with respiratory problems.

How about taking the opportunity to get to know the Historic Center?

Bagno Vignoni, as we said earlier, offers us more than thermal waters. The city is charming and worth a walk through its streets. We go to the central square of Bagno Vignoni, Piazza delle Sorgenti, which is almost entirely dominated by an immense medieval “pool,”  from where the water gushes with its vapors, which gives a fairytale air to the city. The pool is 49 meters long and 29 meters wide.

This is a Renaissance square that was built on top of the original fountain of waters; this is where the Romans took their baths, but today bathing here is prohibited. The square is surrounded by beautiful Renaissance buildings, as well as the charming Loggia de Santa Caterina da Siena, which presents us with a beautiful view of the pool. The whole of the work in the square is really very elegant.

Good to know…

  • To get to Bagno Vignoni, you need to be in a car. There is a bus that departs from San Quirico d’Orcia, but I leave here the information that it is not punctual and can take up to two hours to reach the city from Siena that is, you may organize your tour, but it does not arrive at your destination. If you don’t want to rent a car, you can hire a driver to take you there.
  • By car, to reach Bagno Vignoni from Siena, take Via Cassia SR2, heading south. After passing through San Quirico d’Orcia, make a strategic stop! continue on the same road, because on the right you will soon find the exit for Bagno Vignoni. Get to know our Section: Driving in Italy!

Map with Attractions in Bagno Vignoni

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Staying at Bagno Vignoni?

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Wondering where to stay in Bagno Vignoni? So follow my tips…

Check out two great options to get the most out of Bagno Vignoni!

1st OPTION: La Locanda del Loggiato

La Locanda del Loggiato is housed in a charming 14th-century building, perfect for getting a feel for the atmosphere of the city!

2nd OPTION: Albergo Le Terme

This 3-star hotel is perfect for relaxation because it has a wellness centre and is in an ideal location for travellers. It is also possible to have a view of the old thermal pool of Bagno Vignoni.


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Conclusion

Hot springs in Tuscany: Bagno Vignoni. Bagno Vignoni is the kind of town that will delight your senses. It is a small town, but the atmosphere of calm and tranquility that it presents to us, even in the inhabited center, is something spectacular.

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