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Hidden away in the south of Tuscany in the area of Maremma are the Terme di Sartunia or the Sartunia thermal baths. The area hosts a world-renown 5-star exclusive hotel and spa. The most incredible part of this area is the natural Cascate del Mulino. These are a beautiful series of waterfalls coming from the ancient dormant volcano Monte Amiata and contain elements of sulfur, carbon, sulfate, bicarbonate, and alkaline. The Sartunia hot springs are one of the most unique things to do in Tuscany! These hot springs make for a great day trip or overnight trip from Florence and are well worth the visit.
Sartunia legend tells of healing properties for people with issues in high blood pressure, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, and joint pains. But, the cascate is not just a place for the sick or weak. Anyone can bathe in the free thermal baths and enjoy the natural waters that rock out at just under 99.5°F (37.5°C) year-round. Roman mythology has it the cascate is located at the exact point where Jupiter’s thunderbolt fell against the ground during a battle with Saturn. Which is from whom the town of Sartunia gets its name from. People have been splashing in these baths for thousands of years. There are records of use and inhabitation even before the time of the Etruscans and the Roman conquest in 280 BC. When you visit these hot springs near Florence, you’re not only just taking a dip, but partaking in legend!
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My recommended method of getting to the thermal springs is to rent a car and drive yourself down to Sartunia. From Florence, it’s about a 3-hour drive. The last hour is all through the winding hills of Tuscany, and it is gorgeous. From Rome, the drive is just over 2 hours and is less scenic, but still pretty. Rent a car if you plan on going for a day trip, as it will be quicker (and probably cheaper). There are several car rental agencies in Florence (most on Borgo Ognissanti). We ended up renting a Smart Car Cabriolet from Knowleggi City Rentals. They let us pay in cash and with a debit card, and were very helpful after we had some severe issues with Hertz a few doors down.
To get to the hot springs just type “Terme di Sartunia” into Google Maps!
I would NOT recommend this method, though it is possible. It will take you about 6.5 hours from Florence. Take the train from Florence to Albinia, then take bus 10/0 to Manciano, which only leaves once a day at 1:40. From there you can take the bus to Sartunia (Line 17/P-R 4 times a day). Needless to say, this is not the best method to get to the Sartunia Hot Springs! But if it is your only option, Rome2Rio will help you get there.
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