[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]There are no words to describe the effortless sense of wellbeing that stems from just visiting the Maremma. For some reason, the Italians use the English word ‘wellness’ interchangeably with ‘benessere’. As strange as they sound, they both perfectly sum up the source of all this rest and relaxation – the hot springs.

The Maremma’s hot springs have reached international acclaim. In fact, most tourists flock here just to enjoy the 37°c waters in the two main spa centres- Saturnia and Sorano.

Like many of the world’s natural wonders, the hot springs have their own ancient story to tell. Their roots can be traced back to the Etruscans, a cultured and passionate civilisation that lived in this region. Jealous of the Etruscans, the Romans were quick to seize the hot springs for their own, building the first public bath in history -Aurinia – in the centre of Saturnia. The bath is slightly worse for wear today, but you can still admire it.

The Maremma’s hot springs are still inextricably linked to the histories and traditions left behind by the legendary Etruscans and Romans. If you ask any local today, they will tell you that Saturnia is actually the mythical Saturnia tellus, refuge of the god Saturn after he lost his throne. And while this may seem fantastical now, it was whole heatedly believed in the Middle Ages.

Undergoing a puritan revolution, the Maremmani of the time were ordered to shun the hot springs their ancestors had so enjoyed. Many believed they were not Saturn’s refuge but his curse on the mankind. Medieval Maremmani believed it was the gates to Hell and encouraged temptation and sin.

Centuries later the pull of the hot springs was too much to resist and the Maremmans eventually returned these waters. Today they remain not only chink in the chain that makes up the region’s incredibly rich history, culture and tradition, but are also a much-loved retreat for the locals and an ideal sanctuary to reflect on the enviable beauty of the countryside they live in.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vcex_spacing size=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row id=”” visibility=”” css_animation=”” style=”” center_row=”” tablet_fullwidth_cols=”” min_height=”” bg_color=”” bg_image=”” bg_style=”” parallax_style=”” parallax_direction=”” parallax_speed=”” parallax_mobile=”” video_bg=”” video_bg_overlay=”” video_bg_mp4=”” video_bg_webm=”” video_bg_ogv=”” border_style=”” border_color=”” border_width=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=”” margin_right=”” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]

Terme di Saturnia

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Saturnia wouldn’t be famous if it wasn’t for this spa complex. It’s a pricey way to enjoy what’s available for free, but it doesn’t get more luxurious.

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Le Cascate del Mulino

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There is rarely a moment day or night when these hot springs aren’t packed with people enjoying the incredibly warm waters in this natural paradise.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]

Spa breaks

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For the ultimate spa experience, you can’t go past a dedicated spa tour. These trips skip the better known hot springs and head straight for the ones that are hidden.

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The waters that eventually rush into the hot springs arrive after a long journey that begins at Monte Amiata. Monte Amiata was once an ancient volcano, which now dormant, still possesses the power to pump more than 800 litres of water a second out from below its crater and into the rivers around it.

For the science boffins out there, the Maremma’s hot springs contain a mixture of sulfur-carbon-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline and their beneficial properties are said to be determined by the presence of hydrogen sulfide, certain minerals, carbon dioxide and one particular element known as thermal plankton.

People who suffer from respiratory, cardiovascular, muscle, joint, digestion or blood pressure problems are said to benefit most from the water’s various minerals. But you don’t have to be sick to enjoy a trip to the hot springs, the waters are also a natural exfoliate, not mention the perfect pampering treatment to relax your body and mind.

 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Outdoor spas” title_align=”separator_align_center” style=”one” element_type=”div”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A photo says a thousand words. In fact, all you need to do is look at the Cascate del Mulino and the outdoor spas in Sorano and you’re immediately itching with desire to be there… or at least I am. Not to mention, they are completely free and open all year round.

Hidden in a corner of Southern Tuscany that’s off most tourists’ radars, the Cascate del Mulino have become one the of the symbols of this region. These waterfalls flows into pools carved into the traventine rock over the centuries, creating the perfect bath.

The waterfalls in Sorano have the same effect. They’re a hidden oasis amongst an already effortlessly picturesque scenery of lush fields and rustic farmhouses. But the locals don’t just come to the waterfalls to admire the view, they also want to escape the stresses of modern life and soak in the blissfully warm water.

Like all natural splendours, both of these outdoor spas can be enjoyed for free every day and night and if you’re brave, I’d suggest taking a dip at night, especially if you’re visiting in winter. It’s painful when you first strip down to your bathing suit, but once you hop into the water with clouds of steam rising into the cold night sky, it’s pure and utter bliss.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vcex_spacing size=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”The spa centre experience” title_align=”separator_align_center” style=”one” element_type=”div”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you’re looking for something a little bit more luxurious, you can’t go past the Terme di Saturnia Spa Complex in Saturnia.

The spa complex has made its name cultivating the curative properties in these waters, shaping their treatments around the ancient cultures and therapeutic traditions of the area, which they believe can cure health problems and extend a person’s life.

For 22 euros you can enjoy the outdoor pools and artificial waters that flow with the hot spring water inside the spa complex. The place is pretty ritzy and is usually hosting some local or international celebrity.

The spa complex also has an endless list of spa treatments and facials if you want some added pampering.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]