Four kilometers south of San Quirico is Bagno Vignoni, a spa village famous for its «square of water». Bagno Vignoni was well known in medieval times and famous figures such as Saint Catherine and Lorenzo dei Medici came to stay here.

Since many years important directors choose this area for their movie: Andreij Tarkovskij filmed here some scenes of his masterpiece Nostalghia. Roman pools and mills park overlook the valley.

Its isolation make Bagno Vignoni a peaceful oasis of tranquility.

Bagno Vignoni

Spa center, known all over the world for its “piazza d’acqua” (water square), Piazza delle Sorgenti (Spring square), Bagno Vignoni is located four kilometers south of San Quirico. In the middle age and in the Renaissance, Bagno Vignoni, that has Etruscan origins, had a good and wide reputation for healthy proprieties of its water and important figures of the time, Santa Caterina or Lorenzo de’ Medici, stayed here for many times.

Many wanderers found refreshment in warm water in Bagno Vignoni, during their pilgrimage along the Francigena passing here since X century, as we know by the journal of the archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric. Here San Quirico is named the “XII mansio” for the rest of men and horses from efforts of walking to Rome. Popes and emperors stopped here, first of all Frederick II from Svevia, known as Barbarossa, whose passage is remembered every June in a feast proposing flags’ and archery challenge.

Many travelers of Grand Tour left in their journals literary testimony of San Quirico and Bagno Vignoni, whose importance is due to the strategical position on the way that linked Europe to Rome.

In Bagno Vignoni roman pools overlooks the valley from the mills park. This is a four hypogeal mills system, where in ancient times big part of the wheat of valley was ground. Thanks to a stream and pools system, the source of thermal water was exploited for two aims: the first, therapeutic, related healing bones and articulations, and the second, energetic, provided to move millstones. It is an example of correct use of resources, against the modern consumerism, waster of world resources.

In a dominating position over the valley we find the medieval stronghold of Vignoni with its Romanesque parish church. In splendid isolation, today it is a real oasis of peace and tranquility.

Since many years important directors choose this area for their movie: Andreij Tarkovskij filmed here some scenes of his masterpiece Nostalghia.

Hosting and taking care of guests are a tradition in Bagno Vignoni, that offers modern, comfortable and luxurious hotels with thermal pools and beauty farms.

Many feasts please visitors during the year: artisan beer festival, the book fair in September, summer concert with worldwide famous artists.

SPA

There are three SPA in Bagno Vignoni

Hotel Adler Thermae

Five star hotel with thermal center offering many services: spa, wellness and fitness. Owners boast a long and solid experience in thermal hosting in Alto Adige.
The hotel complex, rising in the green landscape, is near the village, in an old travertin mine, from which was extracted the material for many buildings of the area.
Thermal pools are at 36°, while sport pool uses 28° water. The offer includes massages, Finnish sauna, vapor sauna, Turkish bath, fitness programs, anti-aging, anti-stress and Ayurveda treatments, and so on. Doctors are part of the staff.
Address: Bagno Vignoni 53027 San Quirico d’Orcia (SI) • Phone: 0577 889001 • Sito web: www.adler-thermae.com

Albergo Le Terme

t’s a modern structure in central position, next to Piazza delle Sorgenti, born thanks to Banchetti’s, who manage the hotel and the restaurant La Terrazza. In the hotel there are a thermal pool at 37°, hydromassage pool at 32° and a room at 40° and 50% humidity, with refreshing pool where you can enjoy Roman sauna. Many green areas please and relax guests: the ground and the roof garden. Then, the offer goes on including western and eastern massages and face and body treatments.
Here they use and sell products by famous brand Hortus Mirabilis.
address: Piazza delle Sorgenti 13, Bagno Vignoni 53027 San Quirico d’Orcia (SI)•
phone: 0577 887497 • Sito web: www.termedibagnovignoni.it

Albergo Posta Marcucci

The cream of the hotel is the big outdoor pool with its thermal falls and its two pools at different temperatures. Its position a large view to the valley below and to the hills of Castiglione d’Orcia, with its magnificent dominating Rocca di Tentennano. You can enjoy this splendid view even by night in summer season, from Friday to Sunday, 9-12 p.m. .
Instead indoor there are a sauna, an hydromassage pool and a Turkish bath. Recently the offer has benn expanded with a Beauty and Massage space. The expert staff provides to guarantee professional and various massages and treatments.
Address: Via Ara Urcea 43, Bagno Vignoni 53027 San Quirico d’Orcia (SI) •
Phone: 0577 887112 • Sito web: www.postamarcucci.it

Mills park

The construction of the first mill system was due to the thermal spring, that provided a continuous and permanent stream of water, and to the proximity of the Francigena.
The classical iconography of Bagno Vignoni attests the importance of four mills during history: the traditional image of the village represents the mills, the stream and pool system and the massive stronghold on the foreground.
The four mills are called (in order from the highest) il mulino di sopra (the upside mill), il mulino buca (the hole mill), il mulino di mezzo (the middle mill), il mulino da piedi (the downside mill). While the first and the second, located by the side of the calcareous cliff, are completely hypogeal mills, the others have the millstone room on the ground level and the wheels rooms underground.
As well in other parts of southern Europe, the mills worked with a horizontal wheel. It’s a simple technology: the motor wheels, moved by a high-pressure jet from the upstairs pool of water, are directly linked to millstones by a vertical axle.

A movie set

In 1982 the Russian director Andrej Arsen’evič Tarkovskij, exile in Tuscany for years, set here many scenes for Nostalghia, the movie that the next year won at Cannes the Grand Prix du cinéma de création, ex aequo with the French movie L’Argent by Robert Bresson.

In the “Piazza delle Sorgenti” square the Italian director Carlo Verdone set a scene of the movie “Al lupo al lupo” (out in 1992), where three brothers (Francesca Neri, Sergio Rubini and Carlo Verdone himself) have a night bath in thermal waters.