Surroundings Thermal bath
Few rivers and many thermal baths for a territory, the one between the Val of Orcia and the Valdichiana, tied up to the waters that, from immemorial time, have offered to the man optimal life's conditions. The same Via Francigena, not at random, wound its run grazing the steaming tub of Vignoni Bath and the "bluffs" of limestone of Baths St. Filippo: places, already then, frequented from illustrious characters and from an endless crowd of pilgrims.
Each zone has but a direct relationship with the thermal sources: a little bit everywhere have been recovered traces of ancient thermal baths, like in St. Casciano dei Bagni and, naturally, in Chianciano, like demonstate the meaningful finds' recoveries deriving from a thermal building of Roman epoch and from an Etruscan temple dedicated to a god of the "healthy waters". These finds today are preserved in the archaeological museum of the city.
After the fall of the Roman empire, during all the high Middle Ages, the interest toward the thermal baths weakened, to reappear only in the XIV century and stay alive and unchanged in the time like testify the numerous structures born around the sources.
The italian director Federico Fellini has made grow hotels, parks, shops and places of fun around the sources of the "Acqua Santa" and of "Sant'Elena", immortalizing Chianciano thermal baths in his film "Otto e mezzo".
To only three km from Chianciano, in the fraction of Sant'Albino we find the thermal baths of Montepulciano, that are vanguard in the search and in the application of the thermal cares.
When we move definitely in the Valdichiana we find the sulphur waters of Rapolano and finally the gigantic thermal swimming pool of Sarteano.
The treaty "de Thermis" by Andrea Bacci edited in 1571 contains several passages on the sulfur springs that flow in S. Albino di Montepulciano. The establishment "Terme di Montepulciano" was set up in 1966 with the objective of utilizing, in a rational and scientific way, the therapeutic properties of these sulfur waters and the "salsobromoidiche" (containing sodium chloride, bromide, iodide) present in the subsoil specializing in the cure of respiratory pathologies and those of the skin. The thermal center is equipped with "Scottish baths" (alternating hot and cold showers); vapor showers; pools; toning and moisturizing or relaxing treatments; hydro massage; hand massage; lynfo drainage; mud masks; facial masks; massages; and moisturizing, toning, and purifying treatments; and other treatments, for the health and care of the body.
Chianciano, well known since the times of the Etruscans for its beneficial waters, is still today an extremely important reference point in the Italian thermal scene. Thanks to its springs, "Santa", "Fucoli", and "Sillene", the center is able to provide mineral water treatments that have detoxicating, curative, and diuretic properties. Hand in hand with traditional treatments, this thermal center offers innovative esthetic, therapeutic, back-in-shape treatments, making use of medical equipment and highly qualified specialists.
BAGNO VIGNONI THERMAL BATHS (19 km)
Frazione di San Quirico d'Orcia (Siena)
TEL +39 0577 887365
Baths with current thermomineral waters and natural mud, vaporizations, etc.., for the cares of rheumatisms, arthritises, illness of the skin and of the respiratory apparatus
To these waters resorted also Saint Caterina from Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent.
The waters of the "San Filippo Thermal Baths" sulfureo-solfate-bicarbonate, hyperthermal at 52 degrees Celsius, together with natural mud baths are utilized in this establishment for balneotherapy, inhalation therapy, aerosol, ionized aerosol, ultrasonic aerosol, facial masks and filiform showers for the cure of the pathologies of the cardio-respiratory system, dermatological pathologies, and others. At the "Terme San Filippo", imperfections of the face and body can be cured by means of hydromassage in multiple tubs, peelings with thermal baths sediments, massages with a Vicky shower, reducing or anti-cellulite body mud bath treatments, and face masks with filiform shower.
FONTEVERDE THERMAL CENTER (35 km)
Località Terme, 1 - 53040 San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena)
Tel. +39 0578 58023
Fax +39 (0)578 58013
The thermal spring, named "Ferdinando I de' Medici" in honor of the founder of the first historical thermal springs establishment, feeds inexhaustibly into the center pool of this center with sulphate, calcic, magnesic, flouride- rich water, hyperthermal at 42 degrees Celsius. The basin is equipped with natural waterfall hydro massage, countercurrent hydro massage run, swan-neck jet hydro massage, and submersed benches for maximum comfort. The "Fonteverde" center provides massages, body and face treatments, esthetic medicine, oriental disciplines, fitness, and more.