I’ve been getting heaps of emails about how to get to the Saturnia hot springs. Since it’s our most popular attractions, I am happy to oblige:

by car:

If you have your own transport, it’s much easier to reach the hot springs. They’re located on the Strada Saturnia-Pitigliano. If you’re coming from either Manciano or Montemerano, you will drive past them. There is a sign just before the turn off. You’ll see heaps of cars parked on one side of the road. Just follow the road and there’s a massive free car park on your right. Don’t park on the road – you’ll will get a fine.

You’ll find the majestic gates to the Terme di Saturnia hotel just before the hot springs. A lot of people are confused by this, but just keep driving until the road curves to the right. The turn off is on that curve. If you see a petrol station, you’ve gone to far.

If you are trying to get to the Terme di Saturnia spa complex, it’s just after that petrol station on the right and down another dirt road. You can’t get in through those majestic gates.

by public transport:

The closest train station to the hot springs is Grosseto. You can get pretty regular services from almost all over Italy via Trenitalia and plan your trip on their website.

From here, you’ll need to catch a bus. Tiemme is our local bus company. Their website is only in Italian (yay!) and really hard to use. The 41/P goes to Manciano. You can catch it from outside the train station. Here is a link to the timetable – this bus doesn’t run on Sundays! You can also catch the 8/G.

Once you arrive in Manciano, stay at the bus stop and catch the 17/P and get off at Saturnia Terme. Here’s a link to the timetable – this bus doesn’t run on Sundays!

You can also catch the bus to Manciano from the Orbetello train station.

It’s a pain in the butt, but it’s worth it. The trip from Grosseto to Manciano takes 70 minutes and costs €6.50. To the hot springs is another half an hour and costs €1. Be sure to plan your return trip as there aren’t a lot of services and you could end up stranded.

Remember to buy your ticket from tabaccherie or the train station before you catch the bus. You can buy a ticket on the bus, but it costs more and they can kick you off if you don’t have the exact amount.

38 thoughts on “Quick travel tip: How to get to the Saturnia hot springs!

  1. ib says:

    omg- trying to go tomorrow 28/8/15 -)) right off the plane, as a daytrip, since we must be back in Roma the same night, and i haven’t been able to find the bus schedule for consideration – your post yesterday is such a GOD-SENT!!! GRAZİE!!!!!

  2. Miles Furnell says:

    Hi Elisa
    I think that the dirt roads you refer to are actually asphalted. The one leading to the cascate has marked free parking spaces along the left hand side.

  3. Elisa C says:

    Thanks for the post, it’s a great help as we are traveling by public transport from Lucca to spend a few nights at la Fonte del Cerro. I have a question regarding rental vehicles, is there somewhere nearby that we could rent a scooter or motorbike or even bicycles to enable easier transport? Would you recommend this or just keep with public buses etc?

  4. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    There is a local car rental service called Maremma & Me. They have a website that you can check it, but they’re no Europcar. You can ask your hotel if they rent bicycles. Most do, otherwise they will know of a local agriturismo nearby that will. Biking it is a great idea if you’re not travelling too far. Italians are erratic drivers and the Maremma is very hilly so even a bike ride to nearby Manciano can be quite an undertaking. You’re probably better off with public transport. There is a good network connecting Saturnia with Manciano and from Manciano you can catch a bus to pretty much anywhere – Grosseto, Orbetello, the beach etc.

  5. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Not really. You’d have to rely on the local bus service. It runs quite regularly from Grosseto to Saturnia and is run by the Tiemme bus company. You can look up your trip on their website.

  6. Nana says:

    Hi Elisa!

    We are going tho visit the hot springs on the 28th of may, we will first take the bus from Florence to Grosseto, but do you know how we can get to Manciano/Saturnia from the bus station on a Sunday? Is it impossible or are there any other services?

  7. darla says:

    can you give more info about once you have found it, how do you get in? how much is it? can you just get in the waters? or do you pay to get in and its all organized? can you only get in water via the spa?

  8. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Hi Darla,

    It’s actually just off the main road. There is parking on site and it’s free. You don’t have to go through the spa and it costs absolutely nothing, which sounds crazy, but there you go. You can’t really miss the waterfalls and once you’ve parked, you simply walk down to the pools, leave you clothes by the bank and hop in. Unfortunately there aren’t any safes, locked dressing rooms, bathrooms or anywhere where you can leave your valuables, so I recommend locking them in the car and coming prepared with everything you need. There’s a bar next door with a bathroom (I think) for paying customers, but no showers etc.

  9. AnnMarie says:

    Do you have any idea what a private car service would cost to take you from the train station to the baths, wait for you and take you back to the train? Is that something that might be available there?

  10. Gina says:

    Hi Elisa, It’s now April 2018 and I am not sure if the posting is still valid/active, but I will be staying in Florence and taking a day trip to either one of Bagni san filippo, Petriolo, Bagno Vignoni, Saturnia. I will be taking train and bus only. Which of the four hot springs would you recommend for 1.access/transportation, and 2. picturesque scenery? I am having a hard time finding how to get to the hot springs by bus (or by walk from nearest town). Thanks!

  11. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Hi, for a day trip, your best bet is to stick to whatever is closest to Florence. It’s impossible to get to Saturnia and back by public transport. The trip by car alone is 6 hours up and back.

  12. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Nope, unfortunately. The Maremma doesn’t offer a service like that at the moment. The best I can recommend is renting a car, but you would have to do that in Grosseto and then drive the hour or so to the hot springs.

  13. Elena Maldonado says:

    Wahoo ,wahoo, I having such way go to explore +enjoy all those natural thermal wield maybe I can cure my arthritis.
    But after reading your article sounds to be impossible, oh God.
    Well first i must know the nearest airport to saturnia thermal. Then take shuttle from airport to thermal. Get convenient accommodation to sleep well. From there get public transport to next one +accommodate close by and so far.
    I don’t feel like drive by myself.
    I’m solo traveling. I did it by train ? by the Mediterranean sea and wasn’t difficult at all.
    Please tell me in what airport to flight in And which of those great thermal is closer to the Mediterranean sea.
    Answer me ASAP please.
    Thanks, regarding Elena

  14. Lauren says:

    Hi thank you for the useful information. Is the last bus from Grosseto at 13:25? I am struggling to understand the timetable!

  15. María says:


    I’d like to know:

    Where do you leave your valuables and stuff then if you travel by public transport to Cascate del Mulino ?


  16. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Hi Elena, Fiumicino is the closest airport. From there you need to catch a train to Grosseto and a bus to Saturnia via Manciano. There are plenty of hotels in Saturnia that are walking distance from the hot springs. Try Le Cascatelle.

  17. Amanda says:

    Hi Elisa,
    I am planning a trip to Italy in January, would this be an ok time to go to Saturnia? I know the weather will probably be a bit cold and wet. Also is this a stop you would recommend between Rome and Florence considering we will probably be using public transportation?

  18. Yani Ro says:


    I am going to Rome, but would like to go to Saturnia. We are even willing to stay a night somewhere there and then go back to Rome. We will not have a car. What would you recommend for round trip back to Rome?

  19. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    It can be tricky to tour the Maremma with public transport, but if you have plenty of time, it is doable. You’ll need to catch the train to Grosseto from Rome and then a bus to Saturnia. In January the hot springs are seriously cold. Not just the water, but also the air! And the Terme di Saturnia spa complex is closed.

  20. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    It’s impossible. It can’t be done with public transport from Rome. There simply aren’t enough buses and trains, so you’d end up getting stuck somewhere overnight. At the very least, you could do it with two nights in Saturnia. You need to catch a train to Grosseto, then a bus to Saturnia.

  21. Cecily says:

    Hi Elisa, is there any tour to Saturnia from Siena or Florence? I shall be travelling with my 10 years old son in this summer, however I don’t have driving license. it seems too complicated if we take public transportation to get there and also takes longer time. Thanks for your help in advance.

  22. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    As far as I know, there are no tours from Siena or Florence to Saturnia. Both are 2+ hours from Saturnia. We’re actually closer to Rome, so you might to look if there are any from there. Otherwise, you should consider staying in the area for a night or two. Saturnia is doable with public transport, but you need to stay at least a night in Manciano.

  23. Mohit says:

    Hi Elisa, after staying 2 days in Florence we plan to cover Seina, Chianti and Saturnia.

    Can we do Siena Chianti & Saturnia in 2 days ?

    Also, how long would the drive be from Siena to Saturnia ?

  24. Andrea says:

    Hi Elisa, would it be possible for us to rent a car from rome to the hot spring? How much would it cost? How is driving there? Are the road signs in english? We are tagging along our 2 year old daughter. Thank you

  25. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Rome is about 2 hours from Saturnia. You can rent a car in Rome. You can even rent one from the airport, which is actually closer to us. You don’t want to drive in the centre of Rome, so if you rent a car, make sure to get out of the capital first with public transport. I don’t even drive in Rome, it’s that chaotic. The road signs are mostly in English and the trip from Rome to Saturnia is an easy drive. You have to watch out for animals, dirt roads and pot holes, but there is no traffic and you don’t pass through any cities. Not sure how much a car would be to rent… maybe €60 a day?

  26. Cynthia says:

    Hello Elisa – we are arriving to Rome and plan to rent a car at FCO and then head out early next morning to the thermal baths at Saturnia, spend a few hours there and then head over to Orvieto for lunch and exploring the town .
    Around 4pm drive to Rome to drop off the car at the train station as we will be staying in Rome.
    Do you think this is a feasible plan to do in 1 day? Am I crazy to try to drop off the car at the train station? Ive read the driving is pretty hectic in the city but this would avoid our group of 5 from having to go back to the airport to drop off the car and then transfer to the city center .

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