Worth a Trip: Saturnia Hot Springs

The sulphurous thermal baths at Terme di Saturnia are some 2.5km downhill from the village of the same name, which is 35km from Sorano and 26km from Pitigliano. You can happily replicate the Romans and spend a whole day indulging in hot pools and spa treatments at this luxury resort, or take the econo-bather option and track down the springs themselves. Just south of the Terme di Saturnia turn-off, look for the telltale sign of bathers' cars parked beside the road (or spy the Cascate del Gorello signs), then forage down the dirt path until you find this cluster of gratis, open-air pools, where temperatures are a constant 37.5°C. Alternatively, overnight in the Hotel Saturno Fonte Pura, a spa resort with its own thermal pool overlooking the terme.