Terme di Saturnia: information, resorts, what to see and how to get there
The Terme di Saturnia offer an incomparable relaxation experience.
Immersed in a natural environment of extraordinary beauty, these spas are composed of three separate entities such as: The Saturnia Thermal Park, accessible for a fee, the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls, open free of charge, and a luxury hotel, the Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa Golf Resort.
The Thermal Park offers a wide range of services, including multiple thermal pools and a variety of beauty and wellness treatments. The hotel, meanwhile, offers its guests customised wellness programmes and access to the Sorgente, a natural pool soaked in sulphurous water.
The Cascate del Mulino waterfalls are one of Saturnia's most iconic symbols, offering free thermal baths. Despite the distance from the main Tuscan cities and the capital, Rome, the spa is easily accessible by car, train and bus.
The thermal baths of Saturnia
The thermal baths of Saturnia are one of the main gems of the Tuscan region, consisting of the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls, the Thermal Park and a large hotel.
Located in the municipality of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto, is one of the most popular places for tourists in Tuscany: the thermal baths of Saturnia. This thermal spring takes its name from the nearby town, about 15 kilometres north of the centre of Manciano. Arriving here, admirers of rest will have the opportunity to spend a day in total relaxation, immersing themselves in the therapeutic, hot water known since Etruscan and Roman times, deciding whether to stay in a luxury hotel, enter one of the largest thermal parks in Europe, or take advantage of the free thermal springs of the Cascate del Mulino. If you too are fascinated by this magical place, which from being a destination for niche and elite tourism is becoming increasingly popular among the masses, here you will find all the information you need to spend a day or even an entire holiday, surrounded by the beauty of the Maremma hinterland, consisting of soft hills, sunflower fields, vast vineyards and ancient traditions.
The Saturnia spa aggregate
What is generically called the thermal baths of Saturnia are in fact three distinct spa facilities: the Saturnia Thermal Park, for a fee, the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls, free of charge, and a magnificent hotel, the Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa Golf Resort, which includes a thermal pool inside.
Saturnia Thermal Park
The Terme di Saturnia Thermal Park covers more than 20,000 square metres, one of the largest in Europe. It includes no less than five outdoor thermal pools and the water reaches 37.5 degrees Celsius, as well as a series of whirlpools and hot and cold water paths. In addition, there are two pools reserved for children for the well-being and relaxation of the entire family. The park is equipped with all the necessary facilities, including changing rooms, a well-stocked restaurant offering breakfasts and aperitifs by the pool, and umbrella rental; as in all beauty farms, it is possible to book body and facial treatments or thermal cures at the SPA Beauty Clinic.
Practical info and times
Access to the Saturnia Thermal Park can be purchased online or on site. Prices vary according to season and day of access. Admission is free for children under the age of 12; there are also reductions for children under the age of 18 and passes for several consecutive days. It is possible to hire a bathrobe, towel, slippers, sun loungers and parasols at an additional cost.
- In winter (2 November to 31 March), the park is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- In summer (1 April to 1 November): the park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please note: the Saturnia Thermal Spa Park observes the white dress code: if you do not have a bathrobe or white towel, you can hire them from the facility or reserve them online.
Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort
The Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa Golf Resort is a 124-room luxury hotel, part of the Leading Hotels of the world chain. Among the many services offered, the one that is most popular with spa enthusiasts is the Sorgente, a natural pool of sulphurous water that gushes out at 37.5 degrees Celsius; staying at the hotel also allows free access to the adjacent Saturnia Thermal Park. The hotel also offers various wellness programmes, such as the famous 'Tepore termale', which includes mud baths, targeted massages, aerosols and medical advice, as well as unlimited access to the Hot Spring and Thermal Park. For hotel guests, a range of extra treatments are included, such as hydropinic treatment, advice from a medical team and a reserved lounger in the Sorgente park.
Next to the thermal baths, the hotel offers the Beauty Clinic, a highly specialised wellness centre, where guests can try out the most innovative treatments suited to their needs, such as hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, ayurvedic techniques, plantar reflexology and much more.
Alongside the fee-paying thermal facilities, 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 symbol: the Cascate del Mulino waterfalls. This is a thermal area that is completely free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a 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 is also the idyllic setting in which they are located: they are topped by an old stone building, an old mill. Since they are one of the most popular attractions in Tuscany and free to visit, they may be crowded during the high season. If possible, try to visit them during periods other than 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. Keep in mind that there are no changing rooms, toilets or public showers at the Mill Falls. To enjoy this wonder, you have to be organised and have a certain spirit of adaptation. However, it is worth it. However, there is a small bar nearby that can provide some comfort.
The water quality of the thermal baths of Saturnia
The thermal water of Saturnia undertakes a journey that stretches over 40 years, passing beneath Mount Amiata. Throughout this time, it collects minerals such as sulphur, calcium, sulphates and magnesium. When it surfaces, with an inflow of almost 800 litres per second, it maintains a stable temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius. The copious amount of water allows for a complete exchange of water in the pools every four hours. The curative virtues of the thermal spring of Saturnia are impressive: the water in fact favours vasodilation of the skin, lowers blood pressure, has an anti-inflammatory effect on muscles and skeleton, intensifies respiratory movements, relaxes muscles, has antiseptic properties for the skin, and much more.
Map of Terme di Saturnia
How to get to Terme di Saturnia
Access to the Saturnia Thermal Baths from Florence takes some time. The distance to travel by car is in fact about three hours, arriving first at Grosseto and then continuing through the Maremma countryside.
From Rome, the distance is less, as is the travelling time, which is around two and a half hours, including the time needed to get out of the capital and its traffic.
From Grosseto it takes one hour, from Siena almost two hours, from Pisa more than two and a half hours.
If you wish to get to the Saturnia Thermal Baths using public transport, the journey can be quite demanding: you arrive by train to Albinia, located on the Pisa-Rome line, and from there you continue first by the 41P bus to Manciano, and then by the 17P bus to Saturnia. The bus services are run by the Tiemme SPA company.
Where the Terme di Saturnia are located
The Terme di Saturnia are located in the municipality of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto. They are located in the core of the Maremma, at the southern end of Tuscany, a short distance from the Lazio border.