Etruscans and Romans also frequented Bagno Vignoni, the delightful village in Val d’Orcia, famous for its charming piazza delle sorgenti, a large thermal pool containing waters which flow from a depth of 1,000 metres at a temperature of 52 degrees. The pool is located in the middle of the village and at night a veil of steam charmingly covers the whole of the old village. Back in the Middle Ages, Bagno Vignoni was famous throughout Europe. The likes of Lorenzo de’ Medici and Saint Catherine of Siena came here to avail themselves of the waters’ healing properties.
Bagni di Lucca also welcomed illustrious figures: in 1100, the reputation of these spa waters was such that Matilda of Tuscany built a road to enable easier access including the famous Devil’s Bridge. Over the centuries, poets like Byron and Shelley stopped here as well as musicians such as Paganini and Puccini, and even Napoleon and Queen Margherita of Savoy.