Saturnia, a spa town famous around the world
Saturnia with its thermal baths is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Maremma. The town, that is part of the municipality of Manciano, is located in a hilly area a short distance from the hot springs.
This area was already inhabited before the born of the etruscan village. In the third century before Christ the town, situated along the via Clodia, was conquered by the Romans who built the city walls.
Between the 4th and the 4th and the 6th century began a long period of decline, and the city seems to almost disappear from history. Only from the twelfth century there are new news about Saturnia. In 1299, Saturnia was was destroyed by Siena that subsequently took possession of it from 1410 to 1593.
Things to do in Saturnia
Saturnia still maintain part of its defensive structures from the past. Among these, the Rocca (the fortress, private property) and Porta Romana. The city gate, well preserved, opens the southern part of the medieval walls. Here are still visible some remains of the ancient via Clodia.
Close to the main square of the village (piazza Vittorio Veneto), where has been found many etruscan and roman finds, there is the church of Santa Maria Maddalena. Citata fin dal XII secolo, la chiesa è stata completamente ristrutturata nel 1933. Al suo interno è conservata un’opera di Benvenuto di Giovanni raffigurante Madonna col Bambino tra San Sebastiano e Santa Maria Maddalena (XV secolo).
The museum is based on the Ciacci’s collection. The collection, composed of about 600 pieces, offers testimonials ranging from prehistoric to roman times. Among the archaeological materials that make up the collection, many came from the main etruscan sites of the valle del Fiora and of the Albegna, the others come from Saturnia.
Address: via Italia, Saturnia
April 24th-July: 10.30-13,00 and 16.30- 20.00
August-September 15th: 10.30-13,00 and 17.00-20.30
September 16th-April 23th: 10.30-13.00 and 15.30-19.00
On saturday and sunday opening at half past nine
The thermal baths of Saturnia
The thermal baths have made Saturnia famous. Near the town there are some hot springs, known since ancient times, where the water flows at a temperature of 99.5 Fahrenheit degrees (37.5 celsius). The visitors can choose between the luxury spa of Saturnia and the beautiful, and free, Cascate del Mulino (Waterfall of the mill).
If you choose the Cascate del Mulino carefully think at what time to go there because their fame is really huge and often they are invaded by tourists from around the world.
How to get to Saturnia and to the hot springs
By car: from Florence (180km) take the superstrada Firenze-Siena, then SS223. After 10 km turn on SP10 in the direction of Saturnia.
From Roma (160km) highway A12 exit to Montalto di Castro and take SP105 then go in the direction of Manciano (SP107, SR74 and SP10).
By train and bus: the closest train stations are in Albinia, Orbetello and Grosseto. From these cities you have to take a bus. Bus number 11P Orbetello-Albinia-Manciano by Tiemme.