I have been visiting Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany – this tiny, tiny place for almost twenty years. What’s so special? Let me share…
Bagno Vignoni is a thermal spring, dating back to Ancient Roman times. Whilst no longer in use, the thermal pool forms almost a “piazza” in which the stone buildings ripple in the reflections. It is a delightfully pretty scene.
Like most places in Tuscany, Bagno Vignoni is hardly “undiscovered” so you will need to be prepared for the occasional bus load of tourists you may find there. The trick is to go early in the morning, or late in the afternoon, or stay for lunch and ride out the waves of the visitors. Eventually Bagno Vignoni will become as calm as the waters in the pool.
This tiny hamlet has a cafe, two restaurants (both recommended) and a handful of shops (including a bottega for supplies). It also has a spa establishment offering thermal treatments.
If you don’t want to book yourself in for spa treatments, you can still get to experience the mildly sulphurous waters – a trickle runs down the hill outside the hamlet (near the carpark). Take off your shoes and enjoy…
So, where is Bagno Vignoni?
Approximately 50 kilometres south of Siena – not easily reached by public transport, so a car is essential. Parking is available in a carpark and is well sign-posted. Bagno Vignoni is located in the incredibly scenic Val d’Orcia – so the drive is equally as enjoyable. The nearest town in San Quirico d’Orcia.
Where to stay?
We highly recommend our beautiful Villas near Siena, on a large wine estate. The estate is situated on the top of a hill with 360 degree views, and is a place you will never want to leave. This borgo is one of Passion for Italy’s favourite places in Tuscany – a place to live for a week under the Tuscan sun.
by Lisa Kurtz.