The Big Whale Bagni di San Filippo free thermal springs in southern Tuscany

Bagni di San Filippo

In southern Tuscany we know how to unwind, and we like it even more if it’s for free!

One of the things that makes me happiest during autumn or wintertime, is definetely a trip to Bagni di San Filippo, my favourite natural wellness center.

Locted halfway between Orvieto and Siena, in the stunning Val d’Orcia, this place is not hard to reach, because it’s close to the provincial road. In the village of San Filippo there’s the spa named Terme di San Fillippo, but not far from there, in the woods, there is a place called Fosso Bianco: many white rocks made of sulfur and calcium created natural pools filled with thermal warm water. You can access this area for free! The biggest of those rocks is called Balena Bianca, white whale. During wintertime, you can see the steam on its surface.

Bagni di San Filippo southern Tuscany white whale
Balena bianca

After relaxig in this stunning place, don’t forget you’re only 15 minutes from San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza: both those towns are worth a visit!


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