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Few rivers and many thermal baths for a territory, the one between the Val of Orcia and the Valdichiana, tied up to the waters that, from immemorial time, have offered to the man optimal life's conditions. The same Via Francigena, not at random, wound its run grazing the steaming tub of Vignoni Bath and the "bluffs" of limestone of Baths St. Filippo: places, already then, frequented from illustrious characters and from an endless crowd of pilgrims.
Each zone has but a direct relationship with the thermal sources: a little bit everywhere have been recovered traces of ancient thermal baths, like in St. Casciano dei Bagni and, naturally, in Chianciano, like demonstate the meaningful finds' recoveries deriving from a thermal building of Roman epoch and from an Etruscan temple dedicated to a god of the "healthy waters". These finds today are preserved in the archaeological museum of the city.
After the fall of the Roman empire, during all the high Middle Ages, the interest toward the thermal baths weakened, to reappear only in the XIV century and stay alive and unchanged in the time like testify the numerous structures born around the sources.
The italian director Federico Fellini has made grow hotels, parks, shops and places of fun around the sources of the "Acqua Santa" and of "Sant'Elena", immortalizing Chianciano thermal baths in his film "Otto e mezzo".
To only three km from Chianciano, in the fraction of Sant'Albino we find the thermal baths of Montepulciano, that are vanguard in the search and in the application of the thermal cares.
When we move definitely in the Valdichiana we find the sulphur waters of Rapolano and finally the gigantic thermal swimming pool of Sarteano.
|THERMAL SPRINGS OF MONTEPULCIANO
Località S. Albino Via delle Terme, 46 Montepulciano (Siena)
Tel. +39 0578 7911 - Fax +39 0578 799149
The treaty "de Thermis" by Andrea Bacci edited
in 1571 contains several passages on the sulfur springs that
flow in S. Albino di Montepulciano. The establishment "Terme
di Montepulciano" was set up in 1966 with the objective of
utilizing, in a rational and scientific way, the therapeutic
properties of these sulfur waters and the "salsobromoidiche"
(containing sodium chloride, bromide, iodide) present in the
subsoil specializing in the cure of respiratory pathologies
and those of the skin. The thermal center is equipped with
"Scottish baths" (alternating hot and cold showers); vapor
showers; pools; toning and moisturizing or relaxing treatments;
hydro massage; hand massage; lynfo drainage; mud masks; facial
masks; massages; and moisturizing, toning, and purifying treatments;
and other treatments, for the health and care of the body.
|THERMAL BATHS OF CHIANCIANO
Chianciano Terme (Siena)
TEL +39 0578 68292/3 - FAX +39 0578 60622
Chianciano, well known since the times of
the Etruscans for its beneficial waters, is still today an
extremely important reference point in the Italian thermal
scene. Thanks to its springs, "Santa", "Fucoli", and "Sillene",
the center is able to provide mineral water treatments that
have detoxicating, curative, and diuretic properties. Hand
in hand with traditional treatments, this thermal center offers
innovative esthetic, therapeutic, back-in-shape treatments,
making use of medical equipment and highly qualified specialists.
|FONTEVERDE THERMAL CENTER
Località Terme, 1 - 100%40 San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
Tel. +39 0578 58023 - Fax +39 0578 58013
The thermal spring, named "Ferdinando I de'
Medici" in honor of the founder of the first historical thermal
springs establishment, feeds inexhaustibly into the center
pool of this center with sulphate, calcic, magnesic, flouride-
rich water, hyperthermal at 42 degrees Celsius. The basin
is equipped with natural waterfall hydro massage, countercurrent
hydro massage run, swan-neck jet hydro massage, and submersed
benches for maximum comfort. The "Fonteverde" center provides
massages, body and face treatments, esthetic medicine, oriental
disciplines, fitness, and more.
|SAN FILIPPO THERMAL BATHS
Castiglione d'Orcia (Siena)
Tel +39 0577 872982 - Fax +39 0577 872007
The waters of the "San Filippo Thermal Baths"
sulfureo-solfate-bicarbonate, hyperthermal at 52 degrees Celsius,
together with natural mud baths are utilized in this establishment
for balneotherapy, inhalation therapy, aerosol, ionized aerosol,
ultrasonic aerosol, facial masks and filiform showers for
the cure of the pathologies of the cardio-respiratory system,
dermatological pathologies, and others. At the "Terme San
Filippo", imperfections of the face and body can be cured
by means of hydromassage in multiple tubs, peelings with thermal
baths sediments, massages with a Vicky shower, reducing or
anti-cellulite body mud bath treatments, and face masks with
BAGNO VIGNONI THERMAL BATHS
Frazione di San Quirico d'Orcia (Siena)
TEL +39 0577 887365
Baths with current thermomineral waters and natural mud, vaporizations, etc.., for the cares of rheumatisms, arthritises, illness of the skin and of the respiratory apparatus
To these waters resorted also Saint Caterina from Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent.
ANTICA QUERCIOLAIA THERMAL BATHS (35 km)
Via Trieste nr. 22
53040 - Rapolano Terme (SI)
Tel. 0577 724091
Fax. 0577 725470
The Terme Antica Querciolaia is located middle of the Sienese Crete of the town of Rapolano Terme. Antica Querciaiola, thermal source that sees the light again as actual Study and Research Center thanks to the vital power of its extraordinary thermal water, muds and specific treatments based on herbs and homeopathic therapies.
SAN GIOVANNI THERMAL BATHS (37 km)
Via Terme di San Giovanni, 52
53040 - Rapolano Terme (SI)
Although this has been known as a thermal water centre since the 4th century AD, today there is a modern, elegant and functional spa centre within large grounds, with bathing pools and an excellently equipped gym. These waters emerge from the ground at a temperature of roughly 39°C and are particularly suited for beauty and fitness treatments, peripheral vasculopathy, mud therapy, balenotherapy, massages, rehabilitation therapy, inhalations and rhinogenous deafness.