Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany: a hot bath in the square

Imagine being in the 16th century. Imagine being a pilgrim coming from England or France, and who walked for weeks to Rome along the Via Francigena.

Tuscany
Tuscany, near San Quirico d’Orcia

Shortly after San Quirico d’Orcia you leave the main road and in a short time you reach Bagno Vignoni, a small village where other wayfarers have said there is a famous volcanic hot spring, known and used since the times of ancient Rome. Imagine being dusty and exhausted from the long journey. You walk down the streets of the small village towards the square. But you discover with surprise that in place of the village square there is a large tank, which the locals call “Square of sources”.

Square of sources, Bagno Vignoni
Square of sources, Bagno Vignoni

A light steam rises continuously from the water surface. You decide to take a bath to shake the dust off and go into the tank. Immediately a pleasant warmth surrounds you and melts the exhausted muscles.

Square of sources, Bagno Vignoni
Square of sources, Bagno Vignoni

Imagine a hot bath in the village square. Surely you can imagine it if you visit Bagno Vignoni, in the province of Siena, Tuscany. The village is in fact remained the same over the centuries. Today there are some famous modern spas just outside the centre, but the beauty of the village has remained the same as they could admire it important historical figures such as Pope Pius II, Saint Catherine of Siena, Lorenzo the Magnificent, who really visited this enchanted place.

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