Val D’Orcia, in the province of Siena, is considered to be home to some of the most beautiful landscape in the world and in 2014 it was the first rural area to be classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. The scenery is truly breathtakingly beautiful here. It is a magical, elegant, and reinvigorating place where one can spend a wonderful day relaxing in the baths, and enjoy the delicious food and local wine, surrounded by countryside that is unique in the world.
There is a lot to see in Val’D’Orcia such as the Crete Senesi with its lunar landscape, the ancient villages, and enchanting spas. For an unforgettable day, or even for a longer stay, discovering the delightful spots in the area, we have chosen to start with a timelessly charming historical spa resort. We are at Bagno Vignoni, a little village in the province of Siena, located right in the centre of Val d’Orcia’s Natural and Artistic Park.
The Village of Bagno Vignoni
The village is spread out halfway between the Vignoni hills and the gorge of the river Orcia. The surrounding area – Parco dei Mulini – was conservatively rebuilt with the creation of new walkways and paths reflecting the style of the Roman baths, streams of thermal water, little fountains, and scenic rest points. They go all the way to the end of the town and up to the panoramic view overlooking the natural thermal baths, which can be accessed by the road that runs below the village.
The village has remained unchanged over time and is concentrated in the main piazza, Piazza delle Sorgenti, which consists of one large bath of hot and smoky thermal water that creates a magical atmosphere, making the piazza one-of-a-kind. Walking along the side paths around the piazza, you will find the ancient Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (St. John’s Baptist Church). Inside, you will find a depiction of Santa Caterina di Siena (St. Catherine of Siena) and 18th century works by artists from the Sienese school of art. On the other side of the piazza is the summer residence of Pope Pio II. All around the sides are excellent restaurants, which offer traditional Val D’Orcia dishes and top-quality wines.
The ancient Bagno Vignoni baths, located right at the entrance to the village, offer panoramic pools where one can spend a few hours enjoying a state of complete relaxation. The pools are filled with thermal water, which flows at a temperature of around 49 degrees and is classified as bicarbonate-sulphate-alkaline-earth water.
Centro Benessere Le Terme
Piazza delle Sorgenti 13,
Loc. Bagno Vignoni,
53027 San Quirico d’Orcia (Siena)
Tel. +39 0577 887150 – Fax +39 0577 887497
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 7:30pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 8:00-00:00
Price up to 6 hours – 28 EUR weekdays – 38 € Holidays
Booking in advance suggested.
After the spa, for your food and wine stop, we recommend l’Enoteca la Terrazza. Located right on the “water piazza”, it is a favourite among lovers of good wine where you can sip exquisite and fragrant glasses of excellent wine. The bar also offers tasting sessions of traditional, zero-km products and wines, for groups or individuals, in Italian or in English, starting at 15€ per person. Every evening from 6:30pm onwards, there is also a lavish buffet aperitif, as well as special “dinner-aperitif” that includes entry into the SPA.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
For info and reservations: +39 0577 887150
Also in the village, other places with excellent cuisine and wine choices are:
Ristorante La Parata
Piazza del Moretto, 40
Tel. 0577 887508
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun: 12:00 to 2:30pm – 7:15pm to 9:30pm
Thu: 7:15pm to 9pm