Once called Aurina or City of Gold, Saturnia is famed to be Italy’s oldest city and it embraces its past in every breath.
In the main piazza, you can run your hands over Roman tombstones or wander through the streets seeking Etruscan columns and thousand-year-old bathes until you come to an archway that was literally a door to the Roman Empire and the beginning of the long road to the capital.
Saturnia is best known for its hot springs, which are located outside of the town, but the town itself deserves a visit too.
Cascate del Mulino
Saturnia’s hot springs have been enjoyed since the Roman Empire when nobles from far and wide would come here to bathe.
Today, these hot springs are considered to be among the best in the world and are utterly free, which means you have no excuse to not enjoy what is possibly the most luxurious bath in the most luxurious setting you will ever take.
Further down the road, the source of these springs flows through the Terme di Saturnia spa. Full-day entry is €25 per person, plus extras.