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Thermal baths, mineral pools, hot springs and spas in Tuscany


Tuscany, world famous for its landscapes, its climate, its agricultural produce and its life-style is also a land rich in spas

Hot water spas are to be found in all the region’s provinces where they are no longer simply centres for classic thermal cures for various conditions such as respiratory illness, arthritis and rheumatism, vascular insufficiency, skin disease and diseases of the alimentary tract and bile ducts. In fact, in recent years, the emphasis has shifted to the concept of wellness and the spas, in addition to being used for therapy, now offer themselves as delightful places where nature responds to our need for relaxation. Time spent there is beneficial to the regeneration of body and soul, of feeling well and these moments are ever more necessary to compensate the stress and frenetic pace of modern living.

All the Tuscan spas have a long history. For example, in Saturnia in the province of Grosseto the story goes that Jove, angry with Saturn, hurled lightning at him. It missed but in the place where it fell it created a spring of hot water. Legends apart, many of today’s thermal springs were already known and appreciated by the Etruscans and the Romans – Bagni di Lucca, Bagno Vignoni and Venturina. Roman ruins are still visible in Saturnia and Petriolo.


Terme di Casciana


Casciana Terme
Casciana Terme
From Greve in Chianti 84 km – about 1.5 hours
From Florence 87 Km - about 1 hour and 25 minutes


The springs of Casciana Terme were among those known to the Romans. This small village with its ancient sunny houses is situated on the Pisan hills. Here the first thermal baths date from 1311 and were built by command of Federico da Montefeltro. In 1824, a new façade was added to the building by order of Ferdinand III of Lorraine.  At the same time, the various baths were improved and heating stoves were installed for drying the towels and thus the place became known as “the pearl of Italian spas”. In the second half of the nineteenth century, huge new thermal baths were built in neoclassical style.  They were designed by the architect Giuseppe Poggi, famous for having built Piazzale Michelangelo and the Viali around the centre of Florence, urban projects connected with the time when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (1865 – 1870).

San Giuliano Terme


In the middle ages the Countess Matilde of Canossa restored the San Giuliano baths in the province of Pisa. In the fifteenth century they were still popular and Ugolino dab Montecatini recommended the beneficial effects for a variety of maladies. They fell into decay for a long period, were rebuilt in the eighteenth century and became one of the most important thermal centres in the Granducato. This was mainly thanks to the frequent visits of Grand Duke Francesco Stefano of Lorena and his wife, Maria Teresa of Austria who made it their spa resort for their summer holidays. It became a very fashionable place visited by people such as king Gustav III of Sweden, Cristian VII of Denmark, British royalty, Ibrahim Pascià, Paolina Bonaparte, Percy and Mary Shelley, Vittorio Alfieri and Carlo Goldoni. Its fame, both as a place of cure and as a holiday resort continued throughout the nineteenth century. Today this spa continues to be a relaxing wellness centre.
Terme di San Giuliano
San Giuliano Terme
From Greve in Chianti 113 km – about 1.5 hours
From Florence 89 Km - about 1 hour and 11 minutes

Bagni di Lucca


Bagni di Lucca
Bagni di Lucca
From Greve in Chianti 121 km – about 1 hour and 41 minutes
From Florence 96 Km - about 1.5 hours

The Countess Matilde of Canossa, a great enthusiast for the beneficial effects of thermal waters also restored the baths at Bagni di Lucca, situated at the foot of the Apennines at the confluence of the rivers Lima and Serchio, 25km from Lucca. This spa is famous for the two grottos filled with natural vapour with the smaller of the two being dedicated to Paolina Bonaparte, a frequent visitor to the complex. For this place as well we can draw up a list of illustrious people who loved it; Byron, Shelley, Lamartine, Dumas, Paganini, Montale. The waters are rich in calcium,and sodium-bicarbonate and gush from the ground at a temperature of 54°C and are acclaimed for their extraordinary therapeutic and regenerative qualities.


Montecatini Terme


In Montecatini Terme, in the province of Pistoia, the first baths were built in 1530 and were named the“mediceo” and “dei merli”spas. However, not until Grand-duke Leopold’s reclamation scheme were the baths properly organised. Canals were dug in order to drain the water, thus making it possible to use the springs. Three further baths were built; Bagno Regio (1773), the Terme Leopoldine (1775) and the Tettuccio (1779). Montecatini enjoyed its greatest fame at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries when it became a truly international meeting place. Along its tree-lined avenues, in the parks and in the town’s public places it was common to see celebrities such as Giuseppe Verdi, Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Trilussa, Beniamino Gigli, and Luigi Pirandello. Today it is Italy’s major spa centre and one of the most important in Europe with its nine baths – Excelsior, Redi, Giocco, La Salute, Leopoldine, Regina, Tamerici, Tettuccio and Torretta.
Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme
From Greve in Chianti 76 km – about 1 hour 10 minutes
From Florence 52 Km - about 50 minutes

Rapolano Terme


Rapolano Terme
Rapolano Terme
From Greve in Chianti 61 km – about 1 hour and 5 minutes
From Florence 117 Km - about 1 hour and 30 minutes

Rapolano Terme is situated in one of the most fascinating parts of the Sienese countryside – le Crete Senesi . This spa was known to the Romans, as can be seen at the archaeological site of Campo Muri, and was still in use in the Middle Ages. Then for a long period it was used very little until it was rediscovered in the nineteenth century when new baths, San Giovanni and Antica Querciaiola, were built around the numerous springs. Giuseppe Garibaldi came here to recover from the many injuries which he had sustained in Aspromonte. The waters contain calcium-sulphur-bicarbonate, gush at 38°C and are particularly therapeutic for respiratory illnesses, gynaecological, rheumatic and dermatological conditions. Beauty treatments are also available.

Bagno Vignoni


Bagno Vignoni first became a spa in the Middle Ages and in spite of the many wars and devastation which took place in the Val d’Orcia the appearance of the village has remained unchanged to the present day. It is so beautiful and has such allure that it merits a visit. The village lies in the municipality San Quirico d'Orcia, in the province of Siena and is built around the great bath which constituted the spa. Here the centre of the village is a glistening pool rather than a square, and this makes the place truly unique. Today it is no longer possible to use this pool – the modern baths are a few hundred metres from the old village centre. It was highly renowned and was frequently visited by illustrious personages such as St. Catherine, Pius II Piccolomini and Lorenzo the Magnificent who stayed here in 1490. In the sixteenth century a Sienese scholar, Lattanzio Tolomei dedicated verses in Greek to the Nymphs. These were inscriveva on a stone which can still be seen on one of the pillars of St.Catherine’s loggia. The Russian film director Tarkovsky, of “Solaris” fame, shot some scenes for his film “Nostalgia” in Bagno Vignoni.
Bagno Vignoni
Bagno Vignoni
Da Greve in Chianti 93 km – circa 1 ora 40 min
Da Firenze 130 Km - circa 1 ora 40 min

Bagni di Petriolo


Bagni di Petriolo
Bagni di Petriolo
Da Greve in Chianti 74 km – circa 1 ora 15 min
Da Firenze 103 Km - circa 1 ora e 40 mi

Le origini romane dei Bagni di Petriolo, in provincia di Siena, sono ben documentate, ne parlano infatti sia Marco Tullio Cicerone nella orazione pro Marco Coelio che Marziale nei suoi famosi epigrammi. Nella zona sono state recentemente scoperte alcune tombe romane. Agli inizi del Quattrocento le terme furono fortificate, queste mura e la torre della Repubblica Senese sono ancora visibili. Durante il Rinascimento erano frequentate dai Medici, dai Gonzaga, dal papa Pio II Enea Silvio Piccolomini e da Federico II di Montefeltro. L’acqua scaturisce a 43°C da una sorgente situata sulla riva del torrente Farma ed emana un forte odore di zolfo dovuto alla presenza di idrogeno solforato a cui si devono gli effetti benefici per il sistema respiratorio. Le acque termali sono fruibili sia presso i moderni e attrezzati stabilimenti, sia liberamente, lungo la riva del Farma, dove sono state scavate piccole pozze nella roccia.

Terme di Saturnia


The terme di Saturnia, in the province of Grosseto, also date from Roman times. They were still so famous in the Middle Ages that the Pope, Clement III spoke of them. At that time the peculiar characteristics of the place with its steam and the strong odour of sulphur gave rise to many legends. It was said that the devil himself, coming out of hell passed through Saturnia leaving in his wake an unpleasant trail of sulphur. There were also stories of gatherings of wizards and witches complete with spells and pagan rituals. Today the Terme di Saturnia form a delightful spa resort, situated below the medieval village of the same name and surrounded by ancient parkland typical of the Maremma area. Hot water (37°) springs from a volcanic crater and supplies the nearby spa pool and from there it flows along a natural stream for about 500 metres where a drop forms a waterfall which laps against an old mill and then goes on to form a series of natural pools where the water has eroded the rock. These beautiful falls are known as the Cascate del Mulino and the Cascate del Gorello. They are only 2km from the village of Saturnia and entrance is free.
Terme di Saturnia
Terme di Saturnia
From Greve in Chianti 153 km – about 2.5 hours
From Florence 205 Km - about 2 hours and 50 minutes

Bagni di San Filippo


Bagni di San Filippo
Bagni di San Filippo
From Greve in Chianti 147 km – about 1 hour and 50 minutes
From Florence 150 Km - about 1 hour and 45 minutes

Bagni di San Fillippo, in the province of Grosseto, is situated among the fascinating “crete” of the Val d’Orcia and the woods of Monte Amiata. It is one of Tuscany’s most spectacular spa resorts thanks to the presence of white limestone deposits which wind magically through the surrounding green. Nature lovers can step into the woods and swim in the open-air pools where they can enjoy these natural resources The thermal springs, rich in calcium, sulphur and magnesium, were known to the Romans and later were visited by Lorenzo the Magnificent. Cosimo I of the Medici rebuilt the baths in 1566 and it is said that the Grand-duke Ferdinand II tried to find a cure for his severe headaches with these waters.


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