Visiting Saturnia and Surrounding Areas

Saturnia: a charming little village located in the heart of Tuscany.

The main attraction in Saturnia is the Cascate del Mulino, a series of cascading waterfalls that flow into natural thermal pools. The water in these pools is naturally heated by geothermal activity, making it the perfect place to relax. In addition to the natural beauty, Saturnia also boasts a rich history and cultural heritage. The village is home to several historic landmarks, including the medieval Church of Santa Maria Maddalena.


Parco Termale Saturnia: this natural park is a true oasis of tranquillity and beauty, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in nature and experience the healing powers of its famous thermal waters. The Parco Termale of Saturnia is renowned for its thermal springs, which have been revered for their therapeutic properties for centuries. The water is a constant temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect place to unwind and soak away your cares. The warm, mineral-rich waters are said to have numerous health benefits, including improving circulation, relieving muscle tension and promoting relaxation.

Pitigliano: beautiful hilltop town known as the “Little Jerusalem” due to its historical Jewish community, Pitigliano is a hidden gem that offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture and natural beauty. The town is rooted on a tuffo cliff, with narrow cobblestone streets winding through medieval buildings that seem frozen in time. The most iconic feature of Pitigliano is its tuffo walls which are made of volcanic rock and give the town a distinctive appearance.


Manciano: one of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Manciano is its impressive Medieval fortress, which towers over the town and offers panoramic views of the rolling hills and vineyards below. The fortress, known as the Rocca Aldobrandesca, dates back to the 12th century and is a must for history and architecture enthusiasts. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Manciano offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling and horseback riding.


Monte Merano: as you drive up the winding roads to reach Monte Merano, you can’t help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. One of the highlights of this town is its’ panoramic views. From the summit you can see for miles around, taking in the rolling hills, vineyards and medieval villages that dot the landscape. As you wander through the narrow streets, you’ll come across charming cafes, trattorias and shops selling locally-made goods. Be sure to sample some of the region’s delicious cuisine, which includes fresh pasta, pecorino cheese and locally-produced olive oil and wine.

Casale Orsetta is a perfect base from where to explore this fascinating part of Tuscany – off the beaten track

Pictures by Francesca Scanferla