On the second day of the trip, the key word is relax. In the morning you can go to the thermal baths of San Filippo, in the province of Siena. The countryside there is mostly white because of the limestone deposits that have accumulated over the years and come to define that part of the land. You can admire the ‘Balena Bianca’, or White Whale’, made of the deposits from the thermal waterfalls, and the fosso bianco, the stream that flows into several springs, surrounded by greenery.
For lunch, you can stop in Pienza, the artistic cradle of the entire Val d’Orcia, whose historic city center has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since the 1990s. In addition to Renaissance monuments to admire, the town is known for its wrought iron craftsmanship and, of course, its traditional local specialties, like the Pienza pecorino cheese, pici pasta or Cinta Sienese cold-cut meats.
The final stop on the tour is the thermal bath of Vignoni, a small part of San Quirico d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site that only has about 30 residents. Piazza delle Sorgenti is a large natural basin of thermal waters with therapeutic properties that flows to the surface right in the town center. Nearby you can enjoy a moment of total relaxation at the Le Terme Wellbeing Centre.
If you’d like to discover some more of the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, then keep following the path and you’ll come to the Parco dei Mulini. In the midst of the vegetation, you’ll discover four medieval mills sunken into the rocks. These unique mills were important – they could also be used in the summer without drying out, thanks to the local thermal springs. At the edge of the park, there is a natural basin of thermal water where swimming is not permitted.