Bagno Vignoni is an ancient and famous spa village, located within the Val d’Orcia Natural Artistic Park. Its thermal waters were used since Roman times thanks to the proximity of the Via Francigena, the road for pilgrims heading to Rome.
Bagno Vignoni what to see
The main attraction is the Piazza delle Sorgenti, the place where the first houses began to rise, later accompanied by inns and the church dedicated to San Giovanni Battista. This square takes its name from the large basin in the center which, with its colored waters and its vapors, creates a suggestive and surprising scenario, further embellished by the Renaissance buildings that surround it. Also on the square you can find bars and restaurants to appreciate the tasty Tuscan cuisine.
Walking in this square, immersed in its fairytale atmosphere, is like stepping into the past.
Bagno Vignoni is in fact rich in history: it was a popular destination among noble families, such as the Medici, but also among the popes: the most important was Pope Pio II, who owned a summer residence right in the square. Particularly worth mentioning is the living room of Catherine of Siena, who bathed where the water was warmer as a sign of penance and to which the porch that runs alongside one side of the main tub is dedicated.
The park of the mills
From the square flows the water that will flow into the river of the Parco dei Mulini, an area characterized by streams and waterfalls but above all by the four mills built around the twelfth century. They are very unique in that they were also usable in summer thanks to the constant flow of water from the thermal spring. The park is free to access but a recent ordinance from the mayor prohibits bathing in the pools in the area.
To enjoy the benefits of these waters, however, this village offers various well-equipped spas, with mud-based treatments, whirlpools and much more.
Spas and excursions
For lovers of excursions there is also a path, the Bagno Vignoni Ring. The departure is at the park of the mills, then continue to the ancient Ripa castle, built near the gorges of Orcia. We then pass through the medieval village of Vignoni and finally return to the starting point. It is a rather long path, and in some parts tiring, effort rewarded by the magnificent view of the Valdorciano landscape.
Bagno Vignone is a small village that fascinates for the perfect union between one of the most magical natural phenomena, the thermal baths, and the historical remains that reveal themselves step by step.
In short, Vignoni is just waiting to be explored!
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