The Saturnia thermal hot springs are one of Italy’s best-kept secrets and an absolute must for any visitor to Italy. It is a collection of silk blue water springs on cascading levels that are heated by the nearby volcano. A small but powerful stream of water keeps the water flowing down these levels and makes sure it has a delightful and constant temperature of 37 degrees.
About Saturnia, Tuscany
Saturnia is a spa town in Tuscany, Italy. One common misconception is, that the springs are part of a nearby located spa resort and therefore, a cost must be attached. 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) 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.
If you’re renting a car in Italy we recommend Sunny Cars as they work with local car rental companies and the price includes all insurance.
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 prefer 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 in Saturnia Smell?
Because of its natural volcanic heating process, the sulfur smell is a small drawback of the Tuscany thermal hot springs. Some days it’s worse than others, 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 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 because there are no changing facilities at these hot springs in Tuscany.
It is so unusual that a place like 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 in Saturnia
There is a handful of good hotels and B&Bs in the area. The B&B 8380 is a 5-minute walking distance from the thermal hot springs. The same goes for the Spa and Golf Resort. It’s best to choose accommodation in either Saturnia or Montemerano.
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