Saturnia & Monte Argentario

Experience Description

Explore the Wonders of Saturnia and Monte Argentario

Nestled in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, the Cascate del Mulino hot springs in Saturnia are a must-visit destination, recently highlighted by the Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Guardian as one of Italy’s top tourist spots.

These natural thermal springs, with waters originating from the volcanic Monte Amiata, offer a serene and therapeutic experience. The 37.5°C (98.6°F) waters are rich in minerals, particularly Sulphur, which lends the springs a distinct “eggy” aroma. Known for their cardiovascular, muscular, and respiratory benefits, the springs have been cherished since Etruscan and Roman times. According to a medieval legend, the springs emerged where Jupiter’s thunderbolt struck during a battle with Saturn, making the location both mythically and naturally enchanting.

Visitor Recommendations Prepare to immerse yourself in the rejuvenating waters:

There are no public changing rooms, so you may want to come dressed in your bathing suit. Come prepared with large towels to make it easier to change into dry clothes after you are finished lounging in the warm waters. The area around the falls and the pools is surrounded by gravel and sand; it is very hard on unprotected feet. Ideal would be to arrive with water shoes or at the very least flip flops or sneakers you don’t mind getting wet. (It is possible that sulphureous water can blacken your silver items). It is possible that the bar near the waterfall will be open. Their prices are: Bathroom free, changing room free, shower and hairdryer 1€ each. The lockers have a cost of 5€ for the rent + 5€ deposit and a document which will be returned upon delivery of the keys.

The town of Saturnia boasts a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age and flourished through Etruscan and Roman times. Once a Roman administrative center and later a medieval fortress town, Saturnia features several significant monuments:

  • Church of Santa Maria Maddalena: Housing the notable Madonna and Child fresco by Benvenuto di Giovanni, this church’s origins date back to 1188.
  • Rocca Aldobrandesca: Originally built in the 12th century, this fortress was rebuilt in the 15th century and later transformed into the Ciacci Castle in 1924.
  • Walls of Saturnia: Erected in the 2nd century BC and restructured over centuries, these walls now feature the remaining Porta Romana, marking the ancient Via Clodia.

After a leisurely exploration of Saturnia, and the light lunch, our journey continues to Monte Argentario.

Monte Argentario is a stunning promontory on the Tyrrhenian Sea, connected to the mainland by the sea currents and the Albegna river, creating the Orbetello lagoon. The area includes Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, the latter renowned as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.

Porto Ercole’s history stretches back to the Etruscan era, evolving through Roman times as a notable port. It flourished under various rulers, including the Orsinis, the Republic of Siena, and later the Spanish who fortified the town significantly. Today, Porto Ercole is celebrated for its historical landmarks and beautiful beaches:

  • Church of Sant’Erasmo: One of the oldest churches, known for housing the tombs of Spanish rulers.
  • Church of San Rocco: Located at the town’s entrance, this church was restored in the 18th century.
  • Palace of the Governors: Built in the 16th century for Spanish rulers, this palace now serves as a historical landmark.
  • Corsini Botanical Garden: Founded in 1868, this garden boasts a diverse collection of plants from around the world.

Monte Argentario offers not just a deep dive into history but also breathtaking coastal views and delightful local cuisine, making it a perfect complement to the serene experience of Saturnia.

Possible Program of the Event

  • Departure early in the morning from Rome
  • Arrival at Saturnia around 11:00 am
  • One hour swim at the falls
  • Light lunch in Saturnia town
  • Departure towards Monte Argentario
  • Two-hour walking tour in Porto Ercole
  • Departure back to Rome

Join us for an unforgettable journey through Italy’s natural and historical marvels.

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