You really never know what to expect when you visit the Maremma.

So little is known about this corner of Southern Tuscany. First time tourists almost always miss it. Instead it’s the domain of seasoned travellers who have already seen everything else Italy has to offer and are looking for more. More often than not, they’re blown away.

There is nothing quite like it. Here quaint medieval and Renaissance towns are separated by thick forests of chestnuts and sprawling green fields of olive groves that stretch to the sea. Secluded, they’ve become their own little worlds, separated by diverse histories and cultures, but united by their love of peace and good food and wine.

The Cascate del Mulino are amongst all of this and are a the symbol of the unpretentious beauty and the positively enviable landscape the Maremmani enjoy everyday… or at least for me.

The first time I visited these waterfalls just outside the town of Saturnia I thought I was in complete and utter paradise. Now that sounds cliché, but at the time it perfectly summed up how I felt watching the waterfalls rush into pools etched into the travertine rock to create a natural spa, where the water is warm and the view is to die for.

Actually the word warm doesn’t really do this water justice. It’s 37°C constantly and comes from an underground source rich is sulfuric properities and other minerals, which I’m told have been curing minor ailments since the time of the Romans.

Thrifty locals who don’t want to pay to enjoy the same water in the world-renowned spa complex down the road come to these waterfalls. It’s free and I think the complete antithesis of the modern and at times cold spa.

After all, sitting in a man-made pool with tiles and concrete can hardly be compared to soaking in naturally carved rock wells with the sound of waterfalls rushing behind you and the splendour of the Tuscan countryside before you.

Personally, I’m infatuated with these waterfalls. I visit them all the time. Even in the middle of winter, when I’m barely coping with the freezing European climate that’s nothing like the Australian one I grew up in. Sure it’s torture getting your gear off, but once you’re immersed in the waters, it’s indescribable heaven, trust me.

Just look at the pictures. They speak volumes about the beauty of these waterfalls!!!

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