Thermal baths and historic town: what to do in Rapolano Terme?
Located between the valleys of Ombrone and Valdichiana, Rapolano Terme is a very popular spa town since the 13th century. Thanks to its thermal facilities is one of the major tourist attraction of the Crete Senesi.
The thermal baths of Rapolano Terme
The presence of thermal springs has enabled the construction of two spas: the terme di San Giovanni, located a couple of kilometres southwest from the Centre, and the terme dell’Antica Querciolaia, located one kilometer to the northeast.
The waters of Rapolano flow at a temperature of 39 degrees Celsius (102,2 Fahrenheit) and are particularly suitable for the treatment of the respiratory system and for skin diseases; they are employed in various thermal treatments as aerosol, mud and baths.
Both spas have thermal pools and several services like massage centres, sports and wellness programs of various types.
Things to do in Rapolano Terme: the guide to the hamlet
A route of access to the old town is the beautiful city gate Porta dei Tintori (14th century). Nearby the city gate you can find part of the medieval walls of the town.
Within the village, in Piazza del Castellare, there is the fourteenth century Church of San Bartolomeo. Now with no facade, the Church is enclosed between two buildings.
Just outside the village, not far from the train station, stands the Parish Church of San Vittore. It is a simple but interesting romanesque style building is documented since the 11th century.
The Church has three naves with a semicircular apse; inside there is a fragment of a fresco with San Ansano (end of the fourteenth century) and a polychrome terracotta of the early 16th century, depicting the Madonna and child.
What to see around Rapolano
From Rapolano Terme it’s easy to reach some villages such as Asciano, Armaiolo and Serre di Rapolano. In the area there are also castles like those of Poggio Santa Cecilia, Modanella and San Gimignanello.
In the end we report the Etruscan-Roman thermal baths located in Campo Muri. The site, dating back to the 3rd century BC, with an extension greater than 8,000 square metres, is located close to the San Giovanni thermal baths.