The Terme di Saturnia Spa Complex is the playground of the world's rich and famous. Celebrities have been coming here for years, and it's possibly the principal reason why Saturnia
is the most famous city in the Maremma.
Luckily us mere mortals can also spend a day at the spa, for a price, of course.
Tickets cost €22 for a full day and €17 for a half day, and include entry into all the swimming pools and artificial waterfalls.
Aside from a few exercise pools, all of these are filled with the warm spring water that flows beneath the spa complex.
As gross as it sounds, this water contains thermal plankton. You can't see these little microscopic critters, but, together with sulfur, which is also present in abundance, they're said to work miracles on minor skin diseases, acne, stomach disorders, circulatory system inflammations and respiratory problems.
Might seem strange, but I know a man who took his dog to the hot springs outside of the spa complex. The dog took one dip and his rash was completely cured!
But back to the spa. The Terme di Saturnia also recently unveiled its new and improved 'wellness center'.
For an additional price, those looking for the ultimate pampering experience can treat themselves to a day in the complex's sauna, jacuzzi and hydro-fitness swimming pool, or leave themselves in the capable hands of the spa's massuers and beauty therapists.
The spa complex also boasts a very fancy restaurant, golf course and sports facility, and doubles as a hotel for those who just can't get enough pampering.
I have been to this spa many times, and I do recommend it. But I have to admit, I don't always go here when I want to enjoy Saturnia's hot springs.
It's a once in a lifetime experience and the price is pretty reasonable, considering the luxury inside. I would definitely go there if you have a perchance for spas. It's one of the best in the world.
But if you, like me and most of Manciano's locals, want to enjoy Saturnia's hot springs for free in a veritable natural paradise, then you can't go past the Cascate del Mulino.
The Terme di Saturnia Spa Complex are located on the SP10/ Follonata, just before Saturnia.
Summer opening hours: 9.30am-7.30pm, with discounted afternoon tickets available from 3pm.
Winter opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm, with discounted afternoon tickets available from 2pm.
The complex is closed every year from Jan 16- Feb 1.
To reach the complex, follow the Strada Provinciale Follonata/SP10 until you see a small sign.
A regular bus service runs to the Terme di Saturnia and Cascate del Mulino every day, but Sunday. To plan your trip, check out the Tiemme website. Linea 8/G from Grosseto and Linea 17/P from Manciano are the main lines that travel to Saturnia Terme.