Siena is famous in Italy for having a high concentration of thermal hot springs. This is probably due to the fact that it is close to an ancient extinct volcano, Mount Amiata. Ideal for drinking, bathing or inhaling, Siena's Thermal waters are perfect for a whole range of treatments. But Siena is also home to world famous wines. At the foot of some perched villages in the Valdichiana and the Sienese Vald'Orcia, you can glimpse rows and rows of Sangiovese grapevines, used in the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. In this article we list all the best thermal spas where you can pamper yourself in the Siena area, along with the top wineries to visit.
Chianciano Terme is one of the few authentic “spa towns” in the world because it has always been devoted to wellness spas. In Chianciano Terme, in addition to inhalation and mineral water therapies, you can also enjoy real wellness spas.
The little town of Rapolano Terme is home to two spa facilities: Terme Antica Querciolaia, with its system of indoor and outdoor pools, and Terme San Giovanni, the waters of which are particularly well-suited for locomotor and respiratory systems.
This is a place with evocative calcareous sediments made by the hot sulphurous water that, since the Middle Ages, treated the most famous people such as Lorenzo il Magnifico and other nobles of the Medici family. In Bagni di San Filippo, find Fosso Biano: a series of free natural pools where you can swim all the year long and enjoy the special limestone formations whose shapes have inspired the nickname 'the white whale'. For a more comfortable experience head to the Terme San Filippo complex which includes a Hotel a Wellness Center and a thermal pool with a view over the spectacular Fosso Bianco.
Located in the Val D'Orcia area, Bagno Vignoni has a huge thermal pool! You can’t jump in, though. Try the Parco dei Mulini for a free dip just steps away or visit one of the 3 private spas: Albergo Le Terme di Bagno Vignoni, Posta Marcucci, and Hotel Adler.
Some Montepulciano and Montalcino wineries are noted for their impressive architectural elements and production technologies. In Montepulciano, for example, you can visit Cantina Salcheto an independently powered winery, founded on energy saving and environmental efficiency. The estate covers 65 hectares, 50 of which are covered in vineyards, organic and divided into three lots producing about 230,000 bottles every year.
Cantina di Montalcino is situated in the Val di Cava and was restructured with an important, modern architectural project, whose distinctive roof follows the natural movement of the hills. More than 50% of the winery is underground, as dictated by tradition, to allow easier temperature control and better energy saving. Much of the electricity needed is produced independently with a help of a photovoltaic system.
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