Saturnia Hot Springs, located in the Tuscan region of Italy is one of the most beautiful and secluded natural hot springs in Europe, a total hidden gem. The bright aqua blue steamy water filling the limestone pools, as hot as a bath when you get into it, is an absolute dream and a must do if you’re in Italy. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the Saturnia Hot Springs.
What are the Saturnia Hot Springs?
The Saturnia Hot Springs are sulphuric waters, rising from the ground and heated by the nearby volcano, creating thermal pools. The sulphur-rich water comes from two spring sources that emerge from the ground at a temperature of 37.5°C and contains minerals such as sulphur, calcium carbonate and magnesium.
Where are the Saturnia Hot Springs Located?
The Hot Springs are located in Saturnia which is a spa town in Tuscany, located in north-central Italy.
The natural environment of Saturnia Hot Springs is breath-taking, with lush green meadows and rolling hills in the background. The area is also known for its abundance of wildlife, including many species of birds, foxes and even badgers.
What will I find at the Saturnia Hot Springs?
You will find the thermal pools, and then there is also a bar for refreshments, bathrooms, showers, a locker room and a picnic area.
Are Saturnia Hot Springs Free?
The hot springs are free to use and open all year round and are accessible day and night. There is no need to make a reservation. There are several different pools to choose from, each varying in size and temperature. There is also a designated area for children, which ensures they can enjoy the hot springs safely.
Is it safe to swim in the Saturnia Hot Springs?
It is absolutely safe to swim in the Saturnia Hot Springs, that’s the whole point of visiting this natural wonder! Not only is it safe, but the thermal waters are also said to have health benefits.
The waters in the pools are quite shallow though, so realistically there is not much room for swimming, but plenty of room for chilling out and relaxing.
Saturnia Hot Springs Health Benefits
The thermal waters are known for their extraordinary healing properties, which have made them a popular destination for those looking to relax and rejuvenate.
The waters are very beneficial for relieving skin conditions, muscle pain, joint stiffness and arthritis. The mineral-rich springs also offer great benefits to the respiratory system and can help with problems such as asthma and allergies.
Is there parking available at the Saturnia Hot Springs?
Yes, there is parking available close to the hot springs. If you are travelling in a motorhome or campervan like us, then there is also a campsite to stay at just down the road which you can walk to the hot springs from.
When is the best time of year to visit the Saturnia Hot Springs?
The Saturnia Hot Springs are open all year round. The spring/summertime is a great time to visit the springs as you can also enjoy the good weather, and it won’t be too cold when you get out of the springs.
During these times though, the Hot Springs can be extremely busy, so if you would prefer the springs to be quiet, it may be better to visit in the off-season, or visit very early in the morning or late at night.
What should I pack if I plan on visiting the Saturnia Hot Springs?
You will need swimwear when you visit the Hot Springs, as well as a towel and maybe a robe to wear when you get out of the pools, as the air can feel cold when you get out of the water, especially if you visit outside of summer.
If you are visiting in summer, you may also want to bring sunglasses, sun cream and a sun hat.
There is food available on site but if you don’t want to buy food, then it may be a good idea to bring some snacks and some water.
And obviously, you will need a camera, for all of the photos you will definitely want to take of this beautiful location!
TIP – We recommend taking water shoes if you have them, as the limestone pools can get a little slippery and there can also be some small pebbles and stones on the floor of the pools.
The Saturnia Hot Springs are truly an unforgettable experience in Italy that should be on everyone’s bucket list! Be sure to plan your visit soon to experience its wonders for yourself.
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