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I’ve been getting heaps of emails about how to get to the Saturnia hot springs. Since it’s our most popular attractions, I am happy to oblige:

by car:

If you have your own transport, it’s much easier to reach the hot springs. They’re located on the Strada Saturnia-Pitigliano. If you’re coming from either Manciano or Montemerano, you will drive past them. There is a sign just before the turn off. You’ll see heaps of cars parked on one side of the road. Just follow the road and there’s a massive free car park on your right. Don’t park on the road – you’ll will get a fine.

You’ll find the majestic gates to the Terme di Saturnia hotel just before the hot springs. A lot of people are confused by this, but just keep driving until the road curves to the right. The turn off is on that curve. If you see a petrol station, you’ve gone to far.

If you are trying to get to the Terme di Saturnia spa complex, it’s just after that petrol station on the right and down another dirt road. You can’t get in through those majestic gates.

by public transport:

The closest train station to the hot springs is Grosseto. You can get pretty regular services from almost all over Italy via Trenitalia and plan your trip on their website.

From here, you’ll need to catch a bus. Tiemme is our local bus company. Their website is only in Italian (yay!) and really hard to use. The 41/P goes to Manciano. You can catch it from outside the train station. Here is a link to the timetable – this bus doesn’t run on Sundays! You can also catch the 8/G.

Once you arrive in Manciano, stay at the bus stop and catch the 17/P and get off at Saturnia Terme. Here’s a link to the timetable – this bus doesn’t run on Sundays!

You can also catch the bus to Manciano from the Orbetello train station.

It’s a pain in the butt, but it’s worth it. The trip from Grosseto to Manciano takes 70 minutes and costs €6.50. To the hot springs is another half an hour and costs €1. Be sure to plan your return trip as there aren’t a lot of services and you could end up stranded.

Remember to buy your ticket from tabaccherie or the train station before you catch the bus. You can buy a ticket on the bus, but it costs more and they can kick you off if you don’t have the exact amount.

16 thoughts on “Quick travel tip: How to get to the Saturnia hot springs!

  1. ib says:

    omg- trying to go tomorrow 28/8/15 -)) right off the plane, as a daytrip, since we must be back in Roma the same night, and i haven’t been able to find the bus schedule for consideration – your post yesterday is such a GOD-SENT!!! GRAZİE!!!!!

  2. Miles Furnell says:

    Hi Elisa
    I think that the dirt roads you refer to are actually asphalted. The one leading to the cascate has marked free parking spaces along the left hand side.

  3. Elisa C says:

    Elisa,
    Thanks for the post, it’s a great help as we are traveling by public transport from Lucca to spend a few nights at la Fonte del Cerro. I have a question regarding rental vehicles, is there somewhere nearby that we could rent a scooter or motorbike or even bicycles to enable easier transport? Would you recommend this or just keep with public buses etc?
    Thanks

  4. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    There is a local car rental service called Maremma & Me. They have a website that you can check it, but they’re no Europcar. You can ask your hotel if they rent bicycles. Most do, otherwise they will know of a local agriturismo nearby that will. Biking it is a great idea if you’re not travelling too far. Italians are erratic drivers and the Maremma is very hilly so even a bike ride to nearby Manciano can be quite an undertaking. You’re probably better off with public transport. There is a good network connecting Saturnia with Manciano and from Manciano you can catch a bus to pretty much anywhere – Grosseto, Orbetello, the beach etc.

  5. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Not really. You’d have to rely on the local bus service. It runs quite regularly from Grosseto to Saturnia and is run by the Tiemme bus company. You can look up your trip on their website.

  6. Nana says:

    Hi Elisa!

    We are going tho visit the hot springs on the 28th of may, we will first take the bus from Florence to Grosseto, but do you know how we can get to Manciano/Saturnia from the bus station on a Sunday? Is it impossible or are there any other services?

  7. darla says:

    can you give more info about once you have found it, how do you get in? how much is it? can you just get in the waters? or do you pay to get in and its all organized? can you only get in water via the spa?

  8. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Hi Darla,

    It’s actually just off the main road. There is parking on site and it’s free. You don’t have to go through the spa and it costs absolutely nothing, which sounds crazy, but there you go. You can’t really miss the waterfalls and once you’ve parked, you simply walk down to the pools, leave you clothes by the bank and hop in. Unfortunately there aren’t any safes, locked dressing rooms, bathrooms or anywhere where you can leave your valuables, so I recommend locking them in the car and coming prepared with everything you need. There’s a bar next door with a bathroom (I think) for paying customers, but no showers etc.

  9. AnnMarie says:

    Do you have any idea what a private car service would cost to take you from the train station to the baths, wait for you and take you back to the train? Is that something that might be available there?

  10. Gina says:

    Hi Elisa, It’s now April 2018 and I am not sure if the posting is still valid/active, but I will be staying in Florence and taking a day trip to either one of Bagni san filippo, Petriolo, Bagno Vignoni, Saturnia. I will be taking train and bus only. Which of the four hot springs would you recommend for 1.access/transportation, and 2. picturesque scenery? I am having a hard time finding how to get to the hot springs by bus (or by walk from nearest town). Thanks!

  11. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Hi, for a day trip, your best bet is to stick to whatever is closest to Florence. It’s impossible to get to Saturnia and back by public transport. The trip by car alone is 6 hours up and back.

  12. Elisa Scarton Detti says:

    Nope, unfortunately. The Maremma doesn’t offer a service like that at the moment. The best I can recommend is renting a car, but you would have to do that in Grosseto and then drive the hour or so to the hot springs.

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