The municipality of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto, is home to one of Tuscany’s most popular destinations for tourists: the thermal baths of Saturnia. The thermal spring takes its name from the place of the same name, about 15 kilometres north of the centre of Manciano.
Here, lovers of relaxation will be able to spend a day in total wellness, immersed in the curative, hot water known since Etruscan-Roman times, choosing whether to be accommodated in a luxury hotel, access one or the largest thermal parks in Europe, or use the free thermal springs of the Cascate del Mulino.
If you too are intrigued by this magical place, which has gone from being a destination for niche and elite tourism to becoming increasingly popular among the common people, here you will find all the information you need to spend just a day or even an entire holiday there, surrounded by the beauty of the Maremma hinterland, made up of gentle hills, sunflower fields, endless vineyards, and centuries-old traditions.
What are generically referred to as the Saturnia thermal baths are actually three distinct thermal complexes: they are the Saturnia Thermal Park, for a fee, the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls, free of charge, and a splendid hotel, the Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort, which includes a thermal pool.
One of the largest in Europe, the Thermal Park of Saturnia covers more than 20,000 square metres and consists of no less than five open-air thermal pools with water at 37.5 degrees centigrade, as well as a series of whirlpools and mixed hot-cold water courses. In addition, there are two pools dedicated to children for the well-being and relaxation of the whole family.
The park is equipped with all the necessary facilities, including changing rooms, a restaurant that also offers breakfasts and aperitifs by the pool, and umbrella rental; of course, it is possible to book body and facial treatments, or thermal cures at the SPA & Beauty Clinic.
Entrance to the Saturnia Thermal Park can be purchased online or on site. Rates vary depending on the season and the day of access. Admission is free for children under 12 years of age; there are reductions for children under 18 years of age or passes for 2, 3 or 7 consecutive days. For an additional charge, it is possible to hire sunbeds, parasols, bathrobe, towel and slippers.
The park is open all year round according to the following opening times:
Please note: there is a white dress code at the Terme di Saturnia Thermal Park: if you do not have white towels or bathrobes, you can hire them on site or online.
The Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort is a luxury hotel with 124 rooms, part of the Leading Hotels of the world chain. Among the many facilities it offers, the one of interest to spa enthusiasts is the Sorgente, a natural pool of sulphurous water that gushes out at 37.5 degrees centigrade. Being a guest of the hotel also allows free access to the adjacent Saturnia Thermal Park.
The hotel also organises various wellness programmes, such as the one known as ‘Tepore termale’, which includes mud baths, localised massages, aerosols and medical advice, as well as unlimited admission to the Hot Spring and Thermal Park.
Hotel guests are also entitled to a range of extra treatments, such as hydropinic care, a medical team on hand, and a reserved lounger in the Sorgente park.
Next to the thermal baths, the hotel offers the Beauty Clinic, a top-level wellness centre run by specialised staff, where you can try the treatments best suited to your needs, such as aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, plantar reflexology, ayurveda, and much more.
Alongside the fee-paying thermal establishments, namely the Thermal Park and the Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort hotel, the Saturnia spa complex also includes what is perhaps its most representative postcard: the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls. This is a thermal area that is completely free and open to the public 24 hours a day every day of the year. It consists of a series of small waterfalls that have formed numerous limestone pools over the centuries, generated by the Gorello thermal stream.
The beauty of the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls also lies in the idyllic setting in which they are located: they are in fact topped by an old stone building, an old mill. Since they are free and at the same time one of the most fashionable attractions in Tuscany, they tend to be very crowded during the high season. If you can, try to visit them outside of July and August: even in winter it is worth coming here, you will find very few people and you will experience the unique sensation of bathing in the open air surrounded by water at 37.5 degrees when it is cold outside.
It is important to note that there are no toilets, changing rooms or public showers at Mill Falls. There is, however, a small bar in the vicinity that provides such facilities. You can stock up on food and drinks there or consider bringing everything you need from home, especially water. There is also a free car park where you can leave your car in peace to walk to the waterfalls.
The thermal water in Saturnia follows a 40-year journey under Mount Amiata. During this time it accumulates minerals such as sulphur, calcium, sulphates and magnesium. When it rises to the surface, with a flow of almost 800 litres per second, it has a constant temperature of 37.5 degrees centigrade. The abundant flow enables the pools to be completely refreshed every four hours.
The therapeutic properties of the thermal spring of Saturnia are remarkable: the water favours skin vasodilation, reduces arterial pressure, acts as an anti-inflammatory on muscles and skeleton, amplifies respiratory acts, relaxes muscles, has antiseptic properties on the skin, and much more.
For those who can afford it, staying at the Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort is the ideal solution: you’ll have a thermal pool right at your feet, included entrance to the Thermal Park, and you’ll also be close to the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls. On the other hand, if you have a smaller budget, or simply want a more authentic experience, there are numerous B&Bs, flats and farmhouses in the immediate vicinity of the spa.
If you are looking for a little more service, head for Manciano, about 15 kilometres south of Terme di Saturnia. Here there are several flats, room rentals and B&Bs, and you can take advantage of the shops, supermarkets and restaurants in the town.
Reaching Terme di Saturnia from Florence is not immediate. The distance to cover by car is in fact about 3 hours, arriving first at Grosseto and then continuing through the Maremma countryside. Paradoxically, the area can be reached more easily from Rome: the distance is less, as is the travelling time, which is around two and a half hours, including the time needed to leave the capital and its traffic.
If you want to get to Terme di Saturnia by public transport, the journey can be exhausting: you arrive by train as far as Albinia, on the Pisa-Rome route, and from there continue first by the 41P bus to Manciano, and then by the 17P bus to Saturnia. The bus routes are operated by the Tiemme SPA company.
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Terme di Saturnia is located in the municipality of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto. We are in the heart of the Maremma, in the extreme south of Tuscany, not far from the border with Lazio.