Terme di Saturnia, Saturnia
Terme di Saturnia glorified the Tuscan eponymous town Saturnia, located not so far from Rome, in the depths of the Maremma park, that in the province of Grossetto. It is difficult to count the merits of the local thermal waters. An important role in the popularity of the balneological resorts of Saturnia is played by their location. After all, the village is surrounded by coniferous and oak groves, which means that the air of this area is as useful as water. In addition, Saturnia is a very ancient settlement. The ruins of Etruscan necropolises, ancient villas and medieval temples are preserved on its territory.
According to historians and archaeologists, the age of thermal springs of Saturnia reaches 3,000 years. They were widely known during the time of the Etruscans. During the Middle Ages, many inter-feudal conflicts happened because of the desire to own sources.
Since the days of the ancient Romans, there is a legend about the appearance of the thermal springs. According to the legend, the ancient Roman god of time, Saturn was angered by the wars and quarrels of people, and he threw a lightning. Healing sulfuric waters began to come out of the ground in that place.
What you need to know about the Terme di Saturnia
- Every year, about 500 million liters of sulfur water flows from an extinct crater of a volcano from a depth of 200 meters.
- The temperature of thermal carbon dioxide hydrogen sulfide water reaches 37.5 ° C.
- According to the composition of the water, the sources are sulfate hydrocarbonate and sulfide carbonic.
- Bathing in thermal springs is prescribed for diseases of the upper respiratory tract, peripheral vessels, the endocrine system, skin diseases, respiratory organs, digestion, disorders of the musculoskeletal system and many other ailments.
- Water sources contribute to the rejuvenation of the body, and have an antioxidant effect.
- Children will benefit from swimming in the springs as well as adults.
Cascate del Mulino
Cascate del Mulino is the main cascade of the Terme di Saturnia. It is the most popular among the visitors. The amazing natural thermal waterfall is located at the old mill, from which its name originated. Soaking in the natural warm baths has been an obligatory tradition during the visits to the local Tuscan sites for centuries. Apart from everything, it has health benefits and is strengthening. It is ideal for family holidays.
Taking in to account that this area is a famous balneological resort, hotels and spas are located near the waterfall. Every year, many people who want to improve their health and gain strength come to swim in the natural cascade pools. So from May to October it is never empty here.
Visit and recommendations: access to the waterfall is open to all comers, bathing is free. Therefore, you cannot expect the comfort. You will have to leave personal items on the rocks near the water. Experienced tourists recomened taking flip-flops for bathing at the source. They are necessary to get into the water on the stones, because there is a strong current in some places there. After bathing in the hydrogen sulfide source, the skin is covered with a layer of minerals and retains a characteristic odor. Therefore, if you are traveling by car, you should stock up on water for rinsing.
Apart from swimming
The balneological resort of Saturnia provides many conditions for comfortable rest. You can visit gyms, saunas, massage, Turkish baths and even an art gallery. Yoga classes, aqua aerobics, massage, tennis and golf are also held here. Amazing hiking and cycling tourist routes among the indescribable natural beauties of these places are also waiting for the guests of the resort. All this is offered by specialized hotel complexes of the town of Saturnia.
Where to stay
Thermal springs are surrounded by hotels for every taste and pocket. The most famous and extensive is the Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, located in the building of an old restored villa. La Fonte Del Cerro is no less popular, which is only in a few minutes walk from the thermal springs, and the farmhouse Le Cascatelle.
How to get there
The nearest airport to Saturnia is located in Rome. From there you can take a train to the Grosseto station. If you are traveling by car, follow the Roma-Civitavecchia motorway, take the SS1 state road, then turn towards Vulci and follow the signs for Manciano-Saturnia.