Bagno Vignoni: the spa and its town
Have you ever seen a thermal plaza?
Along the Regional Road n.2 from Siena towards south, in an hour you can reach the spa of Bagno Vignoni, near San Quirico d’Orcia. You can’t go wrong with this one: what other town welcomes you with a thermal bath instead of the usual central square? That’s right: the focus of Bagno Vignoni is called Piazza delle Sorgenti, occupied by the sixteenth-century rectangular pool of sulphurous water coming directly from the volcanic sources in the area. Active as a thermal pool until the Twenties, the town develops around it. The peculiarity of this place has also attracted the attention of filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky and Carlo Verdone, who set here the movies Nostalghia (1983) and Al lupo al lupo (1992). In fact, the one offered by Bagno Vignoni is not a sight that you can see every day, but instead it’s yet another pearl to add to the precious necklace of destinations for an unforgettable holiday in Siena.
A water treasure between thermal baths and mills
In ancient times, the waters rich of iron, bicarbonate and sulfur, which flowed from underground were not only used to fuel the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni, that attracted personalities such as Santa Caterina da Siena, Pope Pius II and Lorenzo il Magnifico, instead they were fundamental for the economy of the town, since they allowed to use the mills even when the work had to stop because of the streams were dry. Today, the memory of this past stays alive in the Parco dei Mulini, a freely accessible path that winds through four mills used until the Fifties and fed by the water which, channeled from the town square, went down between streams and waterfalls, cooling down gradually from the temperature of almost 50°C at the source. At the end of the path, visitors can see the reservoir pool of the so-called Mulino di Mezzo which, in recent years, was the fulcrum of the free thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni, where bathing is, however, prohibited from 2010.
A spa that spoils you
Although the free thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni are no longer fit for use, over the years the village has become famous for the high quality of its thermal structures, exclusive beauty centers where you can pamper all the five senses. Among the most famous structures, it’s certainly worth mentioning the historic Hotel Posta Marcucci that, to those who wish to spend a day at the spa as a diversion during a holiday in Siena, offers the Half Day Spa formula, with access to the swimming pools and many other services. In fact, the swimming pool of the Posta Marcucci, called Val di Sole, is one of the jewels of the spa of Bagno Vignoni: active since the Seventies, it is built on a travertine terrace overlooking the Val d’Orcia and is divided in areas with different temperatures. Another center of excellence near the Piazza delle Sorgenti is the complex Le Terme, with thermal pool, jacuzzi and Roman sauna; also this structure offers plenty of solutions for those who wish to visit for just one day, combining steam baths and beauty and relaxation treatments. Finally, slightly north of the town center you will find the exclusive Thermae Adler, a five-star spa to gently regain your mental and physical well-being.