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Tuscany: Saturnia

Updated on August 6, 2012

While driving around Italy we saw in the map these thermal baths in a town called Saturnia. We had spend the night in Rome, and Saturnia was not too far away so we decided to drive there. After an hour of interminable zig-zag roads our daughter started to feel ill so we decided to stop at the side of the road. Our daughter was needing some fresh water and the toilet, so I decided to knock on a door and ask for it! The lady who came out was ever so helpful, that we ended up friends. It was this lady who told us the secret of Saturnia. "You must go there, but do not go to the pools" she said. "We Italians go to the cascades, they are more fun for the children and they are free!". Our new friend gave us directions to find the cascades and a little picnic basket with fresh products from her vegetable-fruit garden for the trip.

We were enchanted when we finally arrived to Saturnia. A small village in Tuscany. surrounded by deep valleys and soft hills filled with Olive trees. The village is at the top of a rocky hill so from Saturnia you can have a view of the entire valley.

The cascades
The cascades

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Saturnia's thermal baths

Saturnia is famous for its sulphuric waterfalls a 37°C (98.6° F) all year round. You can choose to bathe in one of the exclusive swimming pools in the Thermes (around 50 euros per person), or like us, you can venture in the field and have a go in the cascades of sulphuric water. If you arrive early enough in the morning you can even have the cascades all for yourself. The thermal baths were already famous at Roman times for its therapeutic properties and it certainly did work for our daughter's runny nose!.

The legend says that when Saturn was angry, he sent lightning at the centre of Saturnia and this, caused the escape of vapours and hot sulphuric water. A lovely legend for a place that has been documented to exist at least 2800 years.

Apart from the thermal baths, outside the medieval walls of Saturnia you can walk along the Maremma and admire its beauty. La Maremma is the name for the South-West of Tuscany. The region is between the Monte Amiata (an extinct volcano) and the sea. It you are a bit of a walker, you can even get all the way to Sovana or Pitigliano. You might even walk all the way to the sea!

Also, the area is well known for its cuisine. There is also a beauty farm, and a golf course in Saturnia.

Distances:

• One and a half hours from Rome

• One hour from Sienna

• 4O minutes from the seaside.

Where to stay?


• You can rent a villa for around 150 euros a night (sleep 6).

• There are plenty of apartments for rent.



The cascades at Saturnia

Saturnia.  Photo by Wendy Iturrizaga
Saturnia. Photo by Wendy Iturrizaga
Saturnia from the distance
Saturnia from the distance

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La Maremma region
La Maremma region

Saturnia Springs. Video provided by K. Kenty copyright 2007, used with permission.

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      Roel 6 years ago

      Great info. I already found some information and video's on Saturnia in Dutch on http://toscane.nl/110_saturnia.aspx I'm planning to visit next months and I will share the photo's :)

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      Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Princesss

      A beautiful part of Europe it surely is.

      Thanks for the Hub

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      knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Hi Princessa

      I am going to have to check Saturnia out, We have lots of Termal baths down the road near Terni in southern Umbria but I like the sound of Saturnia. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I will look forward to it. If you look at the hub I've just published on Hubtrail FAQ's - you will see just what I mean!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      travelespresso: Thanks for visiting! I should be sending you an email later today or tomorrow morning at the latest.

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      What a lovely hub. It looks like a top spot Princessa. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      jj200: How beautiful! I am so happy that I managed to remind you such a lovely period of your life... I hope you can visit sometime, you'll love it.

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      jj200 7 years ago from My Bedroom

      Princessa, you've reminded me of a love affair long gone, but not forgotten. I still have the letters she sent me from her studies abroad in Tuscany as I stayed back East and continued life as usual in the northeast U.S. You've made vivid the images she so heartfeltly shared with me years ago. I'd love to make it over some day to the land of my heritage, even with my tenuous grasp of the beautiful, yet necessarily poetic language of the region.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Pierre: I am so glad you enjoyed it... We had a wonderful time in Italy and my favourite areas were without doubdt Tuscany and Calabria.

      Liz: You are going to love it. I wish I was going there again too :) Try to speak Italian and you will make lots of new friends who will kindly show you around and make you taste the best of Italy.

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      Liz j 7 years ago

      Thanks for this - I will be visiting in a fiew weeks and wanted to know if the thermal waters could be accessed for free. You answered that quwestion! And what a sweet story kindness shown to travellers - it warms the heart.

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      Pierre van Eck 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your take on Tuscany and also for some absolutely great images - its been a super, informative read!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      pjdscott: Tuscany is an amazing place, lovely food and stunning views. There is always something new to discover. See you there :)

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      pjdscott 9 years ago from Durham, UK

      A lovely article with some great ideas. We also loved our visits to Tuscany and will visit italy again this summer. Thanks!

    Where is Saturnia ? In Tuscany in north-central Italy

    Saturnia is a spa town in Tuscany in north-central Italy. It belongs to the comune of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto.
    Saturnia is a spa town in Tuscany in north-central Italy. It belongs to the comune of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto. | Source
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