THERMAL BATHS around SIENA
See also: Thermal Springs in Siena.
Thermal Baths in the province of Siena
In the whole area of the "Senese" (the province of Siena) it's possible to find many hotels and residence offering spas to their guests. In addition to these, there are several facilities and thermal pools that become every year the destinations of many tourists and visitors willing to regenerate mind and body. The gentle hills, the outstanding landscapes and respected nature, the wine tastings and the wonderful tours of wine and food are the setting of the wellness experience.
Moreover, a lot of these baths also provide some out-and-out medical facilities which exploit the thermal water's properties to heal some pathologies like articular inflammations or gastrointestinal system's failure.
Here is a list of the main facilities, categorized by area of the "Senese" and precise location.
Castiglione d'Orcia - Bagni di San Filippo
San Filippo Thermal Baths
The San Filippo baths are surrounded by the Val d'Orcia natural park, only 60 km (37 miles) from Siena.
Well-known since the Middle Ages, they accomodated many famous figures, as the members of the House of Medici.
For a relaxing wellness holiday you can contact the "Terme San Filippo" thermal center, which offers a hotel, a wellness center, a restaurant and thermal pools.
Radicondoli - Le Galleraie
It's called the "capital of the fumaroles" and it's studded with buildings built between the 16th and the 18th centuries. It's in the heart of the nature reserve of "Le Carline" and can therefore boast thermal facilities surrounded by an outstanding nature.
Therapies like mud therapy, balneotherapy, and inhalation therapy, which also exploit the substances brought to the surface by the fumaroles. In addition, the center offers non-traditional and innovative medical therapies.
Terme delle Galleraie: Tel. 0577 79151
San Quirico d'Orcia - Bagno Vignoni
This town is a little jewel set in the Artistic and Natural Park of Val d'Orcia and boasts an extraordinary landscape full of fortresses and castles: its main square, Piazza delle Sorgenti, is submerged by hot thermal water rich in sodium chloride, calcium and iron carbonates, and calcium, magnesium and sodium sulfates, coming from a volcanic groundwater, and reaching a temperature of 52°C (125°F).
A lot of historical figures used to stay here, like Lorenzo de' Medici and Caterina da Siena. This place was very well known thanks to its location near to the Via Francigena, an ancient road once walked by pilgrims heading to Rome from all over the world. The village has remained practically unchanged since the Middle Ages, with its buildings made of hard stone.
At the edge of the town is a stone duct, from which the hot water comes out: take off your shoes and dip your feet into it. After a long hike you can't miss such a pleasure, the water is hot and rich in minerals.
Terme di Bagno Vignoni:
Tel. 0577 887365, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, open from June to September
Petriolo and its thermal baths
As many other thermal baths, Petriolo was already well known by the Romans and the Etrurians.
Thanks to its organoleptic properties, the hot water improves the efficiency of the respiratory and lymphatic tracts. In the center next to the pools, you can undergo mud and inhalation therapies, passive gymnastics, therapeutical an kinesiological massages and lymphatic drainage.
Almost every hotel in the area provide private thermal centers to their guests.
Bagni di Petriolo: Tel. 0577 757104, Fax 0577 757092
This small village hosts as many as two thermal centers which offer rehabilitation treatments, therapies for peripheral vasculopathies, primary respiratory pathologies, mud therapy and balneotherapy, in collaboration with specialistic medical centers hosted here.
The two thermal centers, Terme di San Giovanni and Terme Antica Querciolaia, also offer cosmetic treatments and massages in modern structures with all conveniences, one surrounded by the wonderful, gentle hills of the "Senese", the other placed within a centuries-old oak park. In addition, you can buy products like creams and shampoos made with the water coming from the hot springs.
Terme di San Giovanni:
Tel. 0577 724030, E-mail email@example.com
Terme Antica Querciolaia: Tel. 0577 724091
This is a very famous location and doubtless one of the richest in hot water springs within the whole Tuscany.
Known since the Etrurian ages and also exploited by the Romans, the area around Chianciano is full of archaeological digs. The thermal center was first built in the late 17th century.
Here flow five kinds of thermal water, with different compositions and uses:
The Holy Water and the Fucoli Water spring in the thermal park of Chianciano, where you can freely drink them. Within the whole area of the park it's possible to do several activities for every age range.
More recent are the "Sensory Thermal Baths", in the Holy Water park, which combine ayurvedic medicine with chromotherapy, music therapy and aroma therapy, in a fascinating modern structure.
Terme di Chianciano: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Parco Termale Acqua Santa: Viale Baccelli, open from 7 AM to 10 PM
Parco Termale Acqua Fucoli: Viale Baccelli, Tel. 0578 68111
Centro Termale Acqua Sant'Elena: Viale della Libertà, Tel. 0578 31141
Centro Termale Acqua Sillene: Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, Tel. 0578 68551
Centro Termale Acqua Santissima: Via delle Rose 12
Terme Sensoriali: Within Parco dell'Acqua Santa, Piazza Martiri Perugini, Tel. 0578 68480 (Reservation required)
Ticket valid for 3 hours. Various tours recommended. Bathrobe, small towel, slippers, bathing cap, shower gel and cream provided at the entrance. Open from Monday to Friday 10 AM - 10 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM - 10 PM
Already in the past, lots of people used to go to the countryside around Sant'Albino to take advantage of the benefits of its thermal waters, which attracted the attention of several experts.
Only in 1966 did the first facilities start to be built in order to exploit as much as possible the properties of Montepulciano's thermal baths. Next to these are medical centers of orthopaedy, physiotherapy, vascular rehabilitation, pediatrics and bronchopneumology, in addition to a wellness and a health center.
Among the other benefits of Montepulciano's waters there is respiratory pathologies prevention.
Therapies and treatments include inhalation cures, balneotherapies, peripheral vasculopathies cures, motor, respiratory and vascular rehabilitation. You can also undergo massages and cosmetic and fitness treatments.
Terme di Montepulciano:
Tel. 0587 7911, rehabilitation and cosmetic center open from January 15th to December 22nd; inhalation, pediatric and bronchopneumological center: from March 1st to December 22nd.
Since antiquity San Casciano's has been a very important center for healing and treating rheumatics and orthopedic problems.
There are no less than 43 springs, many of which already known and used by our forefathers; the most important ones were Bagno della Ficoncella - the most famous one of the whole complex -, Bagno Grande (Great Bath) - the biggest one -, Bagno Bossolo - whose tepid waters were used to heal burns, of which it was said that no trace was left, and Doccia della Testa (Head Shower), whose name comes from the ancient practice of making the water fall on the body parts to heal from different heights, depending on the seriousness of the damage.
Today the main thermal center is Fonteverde, once called Bagno del Portico, whose Rinascimental structure dates back to Ferdinando II de' Medici, who also tried to drain the Val di Chiana and Maremma areas.
Località Terme 1, Tel. 0578 57241, E-mail email@example.com
Placed at an altitude of 573 m (1880 feet) and near the old town center, the Sarteano Park offers the access to the thermal waters springing from the underground and to the camping, where you can either rent a mobile house or use your own means.
You may find several running water thermal pools, surrounded by nature, while guests can have access to lots of services, like playing fields and sports activities.
Parco di Sarteano: Tel. 0578 26971
Bagni Termali near Siena
If you're planning to spend your holiday in the Senese, know that you will be in a strategic point to visit the whole Tuscan region, with its main cities, but also its coast.
If you want to enjoy the experience and the wellness in the outer areas of Siena's province, here are some suggestions.
Campiglia Marittima - Venturina (Leghorn)
By car: 1 hour and 42 minutes from Siena's city center
By train: 3 hours and 16 minutes from Siena's railway station
This wonderful town of the Alta Maremma, placed 5 km (about 3 miles) away from the sea, is one the most famous thermal destinations of the Tuscan coastline. It is said that in this area, the Etrurians started to fuse metals, and a settlement discovered during some digs seem to confirm this theory.
In the Etrurian-Roman ages, this site was called Aquae Populoniae and was part of the village called Caldana ("Hot Earth"). The current thermal pools have been obtained from the pre-existing structures and re-built in Etrurian style. There are two springs, with the water temperature reaching 36°C (96°F), which are exploited from two different thermal centers, the Caldana and the Calidario baths, which both offer tratments, Thermarium, massages, sensory treatments.
In particular, in Calidario you may stay in the residence, or taste a delicious dinner based on typical products, or even enjoy a happy hour with a rich buffet and a hot bath under the stars.
Calidario Terme etrusche: Tel. 0565 853411
Open from 8.30 AM - 9 PM, closed from January 10th to March 3rd
Gambassi Terme (FI)
By car: 1 hour and 3 minutes from Siena's city center
By train: 1 hour and 18 minutes from Siena's railway station
Placed in the Valdelsa valley, this thermal center is halfway between Florence and Siena.
Takin advantage of the properties of the Salsa Water coming from the Pillo spring, Gambassi offers hydroponic and inhalation therapies, in addition to lymphatic drainage massages, mud therapy, colon hydrotherapy and helium therapy. In the cosmetic center, tratments are available for face and other body parts associated with the use of this particular water. It is also possible to stay in the hotels and agritourisms near the thermal facilities and affiliated with them, to fully enjoy the benefits of the baths. Moreover, the center's staff provides cosmetic door-to-door services.
Stabilimento Termale Acqua Salsa di Pillo: Piazza G. Di Vittorio 1
Tel. 0571 638141, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org