A B&B stay in the stunning Tuscan countryside with magnificent views and proximity to thermal springs from $130 per night
In the wild Maremma area of southern Tuscany, amongst olive groves and rows of vines, you might not expect to find Italy’s most celebrated natural hot-spring. But a series of white mineral rock pools announce the restorative waters of Saturnia.
The nearby Saturnia Tuscany Hotel is perfectly located for the springs. It is an intimate Tuscan villa with lush grounds, where, very often, the only noise you can hear is the gentle humming of cicadas. Just an hour south of beautiful Siena, the hotel faces the valley of Saturnia with panoramic views over one of the most unspoiled pockets of Tuscany.
From the hotel, it’s an easy trip to the springs, which fall over rocks in a succession of cascades into the pools. At 37 degrees and containing sulphur, carbon and calcium, the waters instantly relax the body and soothe the skin. After taking a dip, you can cool off in the nearby river Albegna. You won’t want to spend all your vacation lolling in thermal waters though; one of the principal charms of this hotel is its pool which takes in the magnificent views over the valley.
The plush rooms are decorated to modern tastes with clean lines and crisp linen. All look onto the verdant Saturnia countryside and some have a balcony.
– In-room broadband
– Air conditioning
– 24-hour room service
The wellness and fitness center features a Turkish whirlpool, a herbal room and a sauna. Guests will receive 10% off all spa treatments.
Saturnia is popular with gastronomes, which is why you will want to visit as many of the local restaurants as possible. However, if you dine in, you’ll be guaranteed a superb meal. La Chianna Pescatrice offers Maremman cuisine, including fresh pappardelle with wild boar.
Located an hour south of Siena, the hotel is immersed in some of Italy’s most stunning countryside full of history and culture. There are plenty of intriguing hilltop villages and Etruscan archaeological sites, not to mention the renowned thermal waters of the Mulino waterfalls. If you want to venture out further beyond the wooded hills of the Maremma area, you won’t be far from the Chianti countryside with its well-ordered cypress trees. You can also head to the coast to see the clear waters of Monte Argentario or take a day trip to Orvieto, Umbria’s grand hilltop town with its impressive cathedral and celebrated ceramics.