Terme di Saturnia
The sulphurous waters of the Terme di Saturnia are in Manciano (GR), in the Tuscan Maremma, flow at a temperature of 37/38 degrees centigrade and have multiple and recognized therapeutic virtues.
The Terme di Saturnia consist of several thermal springs that flow naturally in the municipality of Manciano in the Province of Grosseto, from which they are 60 kilometers away, at the foot of the medieval village of Saturnia, famous since ancient times for its sulphurous waters, in the hinterland hills of the Tuscan Grossetana Maremma. It is said that the ancient name of the village was Aurinia, or the city of gold, in reference to the god Saturn. The origins of Saturnia are really lost in a very remote past, and some ancient scholars already reported that this city was even one of the first foundations in Italic history. The great abundance of fluvial, spring and healing waters is undoubtedly the primary factor of the wealth and antiquity of Saturnia where, already in ancient times, the site was associated with a celebrated cult of water. The current town, of very modest size, has today become the main tourist and economic center of southern Tuscany, thanks to its precious thermal waters, its antiquities and its pleasant and healthy Maremma hills.
The waters of the Terme di Saturnia
The thermal waters of Saturnia flow naturally and incessantly from 3000 years at a constant temperature of 37.5 degrees centigrade, directly from a volcanic crater with a flow rate of 800 liters per second, making a 40-year underground journey that begins on the slopes of the Monte Amiata and ends in the springs of Terme di Saturnia. The thermal waters have a carbonic-sulphurous-boric composition, are effective for the psycho-physical balance and in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system, skin, rheumatism, circulation and many other pathologies.
The Mulino and Gorello waterfalls
Shortly after the Terme di Saturnia, on the road to Montemerano, the most peculiar village of the Albegna valley, are the famous ones Cascate del Mulino, a place in the open countryside, with free admission, located 2 km from the village of Saturnia, where the thermal waters go down foaming in a series of cascatelle, near an old mill, forming a very suggestive naturalistic frame. As an alternative, it is also possible to immerse yourself in the waters of the Gorello, a small natural stream of hot water that flows for about 500/600 meters and gives rise, thanks to a natural difference in height, to the Cascate del Mulino. The waters of the Gorello and the Cascate del Mulino are always accessible throughout the year and it certainly deserves to experience a night, preferably with a full moon, immersed in hot water and glimpse the starry sky of the Maremma Grossetana; where legend has it, everything arose from a thunderbolt launched by Jupiter towards Saturn, which, dodging it, made this precious asset that are the Terme di Saturnia spring from the earth.
How to get to the Terme di Saturnia, Manciano
The Terme di Saturnia are located in Manciano, in the heart of the Maremma Grossetana, 60 km from Grosseto, 174 km from Rome, 200 km from Florence, 450 km from Milan and 85 km from Orvieto. The nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino, Leonardo da Vinci, and is 160 km from the Terme di Saturnia. Read also: How to get to the Tuscan Maremma.
- From northern Italy the spas can be reached by taking the A1 Milan – Bologna – Florence motorway. Exit at Firenze Certosa and then follow the highway towards Siena – Grosseto – Scansano – Montemerano – Manciano – Saturnia.
- From southern Italy the spas can be reached by taking the A12 Rome motorway and exiting at Civitavecchia. Then take the SS1 Aurelia until you pass Montalto di Castro, exiting at the Vulci crossroads and following the signs for Manciano – Saturnia.
- From Grosseto the thermal baths are about 60 km away, follow the signs for Scansano – Montemerano and finally Saturnia.
By train – bus
The railway stations closest to Saturnia are those of Albinia and Orbetello. Not all trains stop in Albinia, so it is advisable (only after carefully checking the train timetables) to get off at Orbetello, take a bus of the Rama line that goes to Manciano, find a connection to Saturnia and get off at the Terme stop .