SATURNIA Natural SPA with hot waterfalls free entrance
With and visit to the medieval villages MONTEMERANO and PITIGLIANO
Saturnia is part of the city of Manciano, on the Maremma hills that extend over the province of Grosseto. 2 hours and 15’ minutes from ROME. An ancient Etruscan town, with its medieval walls and remains of an old Roman road, Saturnia is known for its hot springs dating back to Roman times and still working today. The sulphurous water at a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius (98° Fahrenheit) has renowned therapeutic properties, effective for the skin, the respiratory system and themusculoskeletal system. Sulphurous water gushes out of the ground at a rate of 800 liters per second, which guarantees the purity of the water. It is considered one of the best thermal baths in the world and combines luxury with health, relaxation, and pleasure, thanks also to the landscape that thevalley of Saturnia offers to its visitors. Saturnia is famous among tourists especially for the natural falls at approximately 1 km from the Thermal Baths. All year long, even in the winter when the moon is full, access to the hot pool is free. A striking experience, especially if followed by a good dinner in local restaurants, for instance in Montemerano and in Pitigliano, where many pleasant spots can be found. Legend has it that Saturnia’s hilltop thermal springs bubble up at the exact spot where Jupiter’s thunderbolt crashed to Earth in a battle with Saturn, something which has attracted a great deal of curiosity to these natural baths over the centuries. The legend matters little to today’s visitors however and instead they pay more attention to the incredible calming effects bathing the springs has on the mind, not to mention the healing qualities some say they have when it comes to muscle, joint, cardiovascular and respiratory issues. Saturnia truly is a perfect place to relax and soak and after just a short dip the volcanic waters will have done wonders for your body and soul , also for a leisure for your children.
MONTEMERANO : Montemerano is a small fraction of the municipality of Manciano, and is considered one of the best examples of walled village in Italy. Even today, in fact, is surrounded by its ancient city walls, which gives it an antique look so irresistible as to be one of the tipical villages of the Tuscan Maremma. It immediately strikes the sight of its historic center, entirely in stone, and with a sober elegance of the past that emerges from the many streets and squares that make up its oldest core that, even if small, is of great beauty. Montemerano vostruito in the thirteenth century at the behest of the family Aldobrandeschi, who had the intention of making it a city fortress in all respects: a goal that emerges clearly not only from the presence of the walls but also from the position in which it is located. Montemerano, in fact, stands on top of a hill, from which it was easier to spot incoming enemies. Inserted in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it preserves monuments of great interest, such as the church of San Giorgio and that of San Lorenzo, both excellent examples of sacred architecture.
PITIGLIANO: Not surprisingly, Pitigliano has been included among the most beautiful villages in Italy. The region surrounding Pitigliano is typical of the Maremma and the territory ranges from the border with the Lazio region up to the Volsini mountain range, a typical tuff area. The city, in fact, borders to the north with the municipality of Sorano, to the south-east with the Lazio region and, in particular, with the municipalities of Farnese, Ischia di Castro, Latera and Valentano, while to the west we find the town of Manciano. The height s.l.m. Pitigliano goes from 300 to more than 600 meters related to the area of Poggio Evangelista, on the eastern border with Lazio. Pitigliano is located along the highway 74, therefore it is located halfway between the connection systems of the Tyrrhenian area and those of central Italy. As far as the history of Pitigliano is concerned, first of all the Etruscans who in the tuff quarries built their houses here and who were present on site from the late Bronze Age, or from the 12th to the 11th centuries BC, were mentioned. The Etruscan presence there was also in the current data center the findings: precisely, we are talking about the remains of walls found in the district known as Capisotto. In an official capacity, however, Pitigliano appears for the first time in a bull that was sent by Pope Nicholas II to the head of the Sovana cathedral in the year 1061. The Orsini family ruled the County of Pitigliano for several centuries, protecting it from Siena , Orvieto and from the Medici Florence. Only in 1574, in fact, Nicholas IV Orsini had to cede Pitigliano, due to some debts, to the Florence of the Medici, so that it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Pitigliano, in 1737, passed to the Lorraine and began its tiring recovery phase. The economy of Pitigliano is mainly linked to the wine of which there is a large production and which attracts many visitors every year. In fact, wine and olive oil are the two products par excellence of the Tuscany region and of Pitigliano, in particular. Discretion is the development of the mining industry, here mainly fossil flour, pumice and tuff. The most crowded month for events is without a doubt September because it is linked to wine. On the occasion, the Wine Festival, during which the traditional wineries party and you can make tastings, but also dine, immersed in the atmosphere of the characteristic environment where the tuff is the master, surrounded by music typical of the place. Among the typical dishes of the local gastronomy, the bread gnocchi made with Tuscan bread and wild boar meat, as well as eggs, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and milk, with a pinch of pepper stand out. The chicken is also typically curled in Pitigliano and should be prepared, according to the classic recipe, with garlic, rosemary, pepper, salt, lemon, vinegar, white wine, extra virgin olive oil, as well as, of course, with chili. Among the desserts of Pitigliano we find the Sfratti, sweets of Jewish origin prepared with flour, nutmeg, eggs, sugar, white wine, honey, walnuts, orange peel and, strictly, the typical extra virgin olive oil of the place. Again, do not forget to taste the so-called "Tortello dolce" that you can prepare by frying it or bake it in the oven, filled with ricotta and cinnamon and flavored with Alchermes liqueur. Among the curiosities, remember that under the current Pitigliano, is located an underground city with cavities that extend up to 100 meters. Here you will find the characteristic cellars of the city that tourists love so much, where important wines are preserved.
SPECIAL OFFERS: 500 euros Until 7 or 8 pax DURATION 12 hours
7.00 am departure from Rome arrival at Saturnia waterfalls of Gorello at about 9.30 with breakfast stop along the route.
stop at the falls for the whole morning and you can swim. admission is free
at 01.00 pm we continue to Montemerano medieval village which is 20 minutes from Saturnia for lunch in a nice restaurant of Tuscan cuisine and wine tasting and tour in the village
at 3 pm we continue to Pitigliano a very typical and suggestive medieval village for the tour of the village
at 6.00 pm departure for Rome Warnings: lunch not included. you have to bring swimsuit and beach towels if you do not have it we will take care of bringing them for you