Known for its thermal waters and underwater piazza (seen in the photo below), the Tuscan town of Bagno Vignoni was the departure point for the 8-day Tuscany cycling trips I used to guide. We’d arrive by coach from Florence, and 25 or so North Americans dressed in spandex cycling gear would walk up from the parking lot and gather around a shed where we had stored the bikes. The guides would welcome the travelers, assign the bikes, and after a quick foot soak in the free-flowing thermal waters, we’d pedal off to explore the Tuscan countryside.
It says something about the beauty of the town and the surrounding countryside that we chose Bagno Vignoni as our introduction to 8 days in Tuscany. It also says something that we stayed for under an hour. I’m not saying don’t go – but be prepared, it’s small.
Many people visit the area for the thermal springs, which flow at a constant 52 degrees Celsius (125 degrees Fahrenheit). If you’re looking to do that, know that swimming in the pool above is not allowed. However, there are other options.
Other things to do in Bagno Vignoni
The town was busy in the middle ages because it’s on the Via Francigena, the road connecting Canterbury and Rome. Today, however, its permanent population totals 36 people, but with all the tourists, you’d never guess it. With tourists come touristy shops and touristy restaurants, but Bagno Vignoni has a few gems worth seeking out. Stop and visit Hortus Mirabilis. a shop run by one of the most famous herbalists in Italy. Eat at the Osteria del Leone (closed Mondays).
What to see nearby
Photo by Danilo Enrietti.
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