While exploring the heart of Tuscany, I came across this small little village called Bagno Vignoni, and I was immediately enchanted by its charm. The population is no more than 30 people, but don’t let this little Italian village fool you in all it has to offer.

Bagno Vignoni rests on a hill in the Val d’Orcia of Tuscany. The little village stands out for its outdoor natural thermal hot springs that sit below the town. In the village, you will find a Roman pool at the center of the main square, surrounded by historically and architecturally fascinating buildings. The thermal hot springs at this destination stand out as the oldest in Tuscany.

Especially if you’d like to unlock the secrets to getting the most out of this location and discover the historic people who visited this site, keep reading.

The 5 Best Places to See in Bagno Vignoni

Despite being a small town of no more than 30 people, you can see plenty here. Ancient Roman history left an indelible mark on this location. Let’s take a look.  

1. The Hot Springs

The hot springs of Bagno Vignoni, in Tuscany
The hot springs in Bagno Vignoni – “Bagno Vignoni (SI)” by ARPA Toscana is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Bagno Vignoni’s thermal springs, steeped in history, offer a unique and revitalizing experience. These mineral-rich waters, celebrated since Roman times, have made the village a timeless destination. The hot springs are open throughout the year, allowing visitors to indulge in their therapeutic benefits regardless of the season. Whether you choose to unwind in the square-shaped pool or explore nearby pools and spas, the rejuvenating properties of the water are a constant.

The temperature of the springs remains consistently warm, creating a soothing atmosphere for relaxation. Bagno Vignoni’s commitment to preserving this ancient tradition ensures that modern-day travelers can still immerse themselves in the healing essence of these historic hot springs.

Read more: Saturnia Hot Springs – Cascading Waters in the Tuscan Countryside

2. The Refuge of Santa Caterina and Lorenzo de Medici

The Refuge of Santa Caterina dei Medici, Bagno Vignoni
Bagno Vignoni – “Cranes at Bagno Vignoni under the Loggiato di santa Caterina” by Mammaoca2008 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Nestled amidst these historic structures, the Refuge of Santa Caterina and Lorenzo de Medici adds an extra layer of charm to Bagno Vignoni’s thermal springs. The Renaissance-era buildings, like Santa Caterina di Loggia, exude elegance. Named in honor of a woman who adored these thermal springs, the lodge connects the modern experience to historical roots.

Lorenzo de Medici, the Magnificent, personally sought relief from arthritis in the mineral-rich baths here in 1490. These anecdotes intertwine the past and present, creating an enriched narrative that beckons visitors to soak not only in warm waters but also in the rich history that saturates Bagno Vignoni’s rejuvenating atmosphere.

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3. The Park of the Mills

A breathtaking view of a landscape from The Park of the Mills
LigaDue, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Park of the Mills, or Parco dei Mulini, situated at the village’s southern edge, adds an enchanting dimension to Bagno Vignoni. Hot spring streams gracefully wind down the hill, passing by an ancient mill complex. This natural haven offers an accessible and cost-free alternative to experience the thermal hot springs.

Ideal for those with limited time or families with children, it provides a convenient yet authentic glimpse into Bagno Vignoni’s therapeutic waters. For a more immersive experience, the main baths, available at €40 for half a day, cater to enthusiasts seeking an extended soak in the rejuvenating embrace of the village’s famed thermal springs.

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You can’t do a full-body soak in the free pools at Parco dei Mulini in the winter because they become too cold. During the winter season, you’d either choose one of the spa hotels or dip your feet in the ones at Park of the Mills.

4. The Historic Center of Bagno Vignoni

A brick house on the street of the small town near Bagno Vignoni
The place is not very crowded and you can see many things near Bagno Vignoni – Photo by Pug Girl CC BY 2.0

In the heart of Bagno Vignoni, the historic center captivates with its centerpiece—a sprawling pool measuring 49 meters by 29 meters in the main square. Beyond its impressive dimensions, the historic center is the soul of this village. Travelers find the piazza uniquely charming, adorned with various buildings, a historical portico, and remnants of small ancient walls.

The piazza exudes the quintessential Tuscan ambiance, offering a picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll. Immerse yourself in the genuine Tuscan atmosphere and explore the charming corners, all while savoring the opportunity to discover authentic Italian cuisine in this enchanting village square.

5. Church of San Giovanni Battista

The Church of San Giovanni Battista near the river located in Bagno Vignoni
The Church of San Giovanni Battista is one of the recommended places to visit in Bagno Vignoni LigaDue, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sitting in front of the thermal baths, the Church of San Giovanni Battista has a simple facade and only consists of a single nave. The inside of the church holds an 18th century painting from the school of Siena. It depicts Santa Catarina of Siena. In the porch that overlooks the basin, you will see a small chapel that they built in 1660, dedicated to Santa Catarina.

In the fresco from the early 17th century, you see what represents the risen Christ. If you happen to be here around June 24th, they host the Feast of San Giovanni with a procession in front of the pools.

Read more: Cathedrals in Italy – Exploring Italy’s Historic Treasures

How to Get to Bagno Vignoni

Most recommend that you rent a car. The village sits 2 ½ hours from Rome, 1 ½  hours from Florence, and 30 minutes from Montepulciano. If coming from Florence or Rome, you would drive on the autostrada. You exit at Chiusi, which is about an hour from Florence. From there, you would drive on La Foce, which takes about 20 to 25 minutes. Another route is to Siena on the Tangenziale. After you reach Siena, take Cassia SS2.

At some point, you reach La Foce and continue until you reach the village. This route does take longer, but it’s more beautiful, and it was once an ancient Roman road. Don’t depend on public transportation here—better to rent a car.

What to Do and See near Bagno Vignoni

A calm water river surrounded by Roman architectural buildings
Bagno Vignoni – Photo by Giuseppe Moscato CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Due to its small population, you will eventually reach a point where you want to see other things. You’ll run out of things to do. I put together a few nearby must-see locations.


About 20 minutes from the town of Bagno Vignoni is Pienza. The medieval town was made famous for its local pecorino cheese and historic churches, like Il Duomo di Pienza. Pienza is also regarded as an UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s a fun place to walk around with its narrow medieval streets.


This medieval Renaissance hilltop town earned its place on this list near the thermal spring village because of its breathtaking views of the Val d’Orcia. Its historic Old Town makes it well worth the visit. Many vineyards and wineries surround Montepulciano.

San Quirico d’Orcia

One of the most charming and beautiful towns in the Orcia Valley, this town has many medieval churches and scenic countryside views. San Quirico d’Orcia also has a reputation for its spectacular sunsets with the sun’s rays reflecting off the medieval stone walls.


This town is famous for its red wine known as Brunello di Montalcino. They consider this wine as the best of Tuscany. Montalcino is famous for its beautiful medieval alleys in Old Town, and some awesome cafes and restaurants. You will see Tuscan cuisine represented at its finest.

Trekking in Monte Amiata

The only mountain located in southern Tuscany, Monte Amiata can be walked either on foot or by bicycle. Hiking trails range from easy to difficult. You will see breathtaking landscapes of the local surroundings in the Val d’Orcia. Along the trail, traces of ancient buildings covered in vines will excite the imagination and make great photos for social media.

Best Hotels in Bagno Vignoni

Located out in the Tuscan countryside, Bagno Vignoni has many hotels here that take advantage of its thermal hot springs to make a spa. You can check out a couple of choices below:

Albergo Posta Marcucci

A beautiful room in Albergo Posta Marcucci
Photo Credit: Booking.com – Albergo Posta Marcucci

Giving you a spa center and a thermal bath, Albergo Posta Marcucci has two pools. An on-site restaurant meets your needs for eating, and the rooms come fitted with a TV and mini-bar.

Location: Via Ara Urcea 43, 53027 Bagno Vignoni, Italy

Stars: 4

Features: 2 swimming pools, Spa and wellness centre, Restaurant

Reviews: 9.1/10

Adler Spa Resort Thermae

Dining area on the terrace in Adler Spa Resort Thermae.
Photo Credit: Booking.com – Adler Spa Resort Thermae

The outdoor swimming pools at Adler Spa Resort Thermae have a regenerative and therapeutic effect. On premises, you can go to the Finnish sauna or the saline steam room. This location has a well-stocked wine cellar.

Location: Strada Di Bagno Vignoni 1, 53027 Bagno Vignoni, Italy

Stars: 5

Features: Superb breakfast, 2 swimming pools, Spa and wellness centre

Reviews: 9.1/10

Relais Osteria Dell’Orcia

Outdoor pool with greens in Relais Osteria Dell'Orcia
Photo Credit: Booking.com – Relais Osteria Dell’Orcia

Built in the traditional Tuscan style, Relais Osteria Dell’Orcia has an outdoor swimming pool and elegant rooms with satellite TV. Built in a 16th-century post office, this property has wood-beamed ceilings, silk brocades, and cool tiles. The breakfast here is a delicious buffet baked bread, homemade yogurt, and croissants.

Location: Podere Osteria 15, 53023 Bagno Vignoni, Italy

Stars: 4

Features: Outdoor swimming pool, Restaurant, View

Reviews: 9/10

FAQs about Bagno Vignoni

A group of tourists enjoy taking photos on the top of the mountain in Bagno Vignoni.
Bagno Vignoni is a destination that deserves to be visited Photo by Visit Tuscany CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Travelers often ask many of the same questions, so I put together a quick and easy FAQs section to help those who want to visit Bagno Vignoni but might have questions.

How Much Does It Cost to Enter the Thermal Baths of Vagno Vignoni?

At a spa and hotel center, the cost will depend on the hotel, but you can go to the thermal baths for free at Parco dei Mulini. If you want a full-body soak, you may want to check out the spas and hotels. Especially in the winter, the thermal waters at Parco de Mulini can get too cold for a full-body soak.

How Long Does It Take to Visit Bagno Vignoni?

You can see Bagno Vignoni in a few minutes, but if you’d like to take advantage of the thermal baths, stay a day and night at the Tuscan village.

What Do the Thermal Baths at Bagno Vignoni Take Care Of?

Many tout the benefits of the thermal baths at Bagno Vignoni as taking care of arthritis, skin conditions, rheumatism, and muscle aches. This is due to the natural minerals in the water.

How Do You Dress to Go to the Spa?

You would visit the spa with non-restrictive clothing like lounge wear or gym wear. This is because they want you to feel as comfortable as possible at the spa.

How Long Can You Stay in the Thermal Water?

In hot water, it would be best not to stay longer to 15 to 20 minutes because it can overload the body’s circulation. You would not want to spend more than 45 minutes at the maximum.


To wrap it up, Bagno Vignoni is like a hidden treasure in the heart of Tuscany. It weaves together ancient thermal springs, a Roman pool, and Renaissance-era charm. Whether you’re exploring the historic center, strolling through the Park of the Mills, or soaking in the mineral-rich waters that once lured Lorenzo de Medici, this village is a genuine gem. With a small population and a vibe that’s both soothing and rich in history, Bagno Vignoni invites you to take a break, step back in time, and savor the essence of Tuscany’s oldest hot springs.