The thermal baths and waterfalls of Saturnia, a place of well-being and health, which welcomes many tourists every year, in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma.
Saturnia and the famous thermal springs
For 3,000 years, the thermal water has gushed uninterruptedly from the heart of the earth, traveling a long journey along the slopes of Monte Amiata. We are in Tuscany, and the Terme di Saturnia are the best known health and body care attraction in Italy. They are located a few kilometers away from the town. And there are numerous thermal springs which affect the area of Monte Amiata. Waters that are very rich in minerals and sulphurous deposits.
To be precise, they are “sulphurous-carbonic, sulphated, bicarbonate-alkaline and earthy” waters and flow at a temperature of about 37.5 °. They have therapeutic and relaxing properties. The thermal baths of Saturnia were already known in ancient times. Etruscans, in fact, made use of their waters, with curative characteristics. Even the Romans later enjoyed their benefits. According to mythology it was a thunderbolt hurled by Jupiter against Saturn to open the gates of hell and to make the stinking, but at the same time miraculous, water gush out.
The free thermal waterfalls
The thermal baths of Saturnia are so famous that an exclusive resort with adjoining wellness center and spa has been built near the springs. But what is even more characteristic and attractive are the outdoor waterfalls. There are two and completely free: the Mulino waterfalls and those of Gorello. The former are the best known and most photographed open-air spas in Tuscany. Behind a water mill, a stream of thermal water flows, which plunges into pools of different sizes.
Pools that generate refreshing waterfalls and cascades filling up. A spectacle for the spirit and the eyes. In fact, the contrast of color between the white travertine, the stone and the blue of the water stands out and, on cooler days, the steam from the hot water generates an enchanted and magical landscape. The water of the spas has many properties. It benefits the respiratory system, the skin is naturally smoothed. Bathing in Saturnia is a natural anti-stress.
A bath that regenerates body and spirit
Waters are a real elixir of youth, have antioxidant substances and are considered antiaging. Furthermore, there is a large concentration of vitamins and minerals. During the dive you can notice the presence of thermal plankton. It is an organic substance very rich in cosmetic and regenerative principles, which when in contact with oxygen releases important elements for the health of the body. The therapeutic features are endless and, whether it is a joint or respiratory problem, or simply you want to relax, you can find the right remedy.
Therefore, the thermal baths of Saturnia are a beautiful, pleasant place, but, above all, a panacea that restores the balance not only of the body but also of the spirit. To visit absolutely, they are easily accessible from all over Italy. The waterfalls and spas are open to the public all year round. Furthermore, they are surrounded by a territory, the Tuscan one, which offers many opportunities for recreation. Nearby archaeological sites of great interest. It is possible to visit medieval fortresses and villages, Etruscan necropolis and ancient Roman remains. But also simply being pampered by local delicacies.