The Mulino Falls of Saturnia
The Mulino Falls are one of the most beautiful places of Tuscan Maremma, located at 2 km from the Village of Saturnia and a few hundred meters from the spa. The water flowing from the source of the Terme di Saturnia and springs the waterfalls, is the result of a volcanic crater (where there is the swimming pool of the spa) flowing along a natural stream (the Gorello) for about 500 meters, where a gap creates the rapids touching an old mill and forming a series of natural pools carved into travertine rocks. The entrance to the falls is free and in August it is possible to swim also at night. The free baths are frequented by many Italian and foreign tourists as they are a quiet place, away from the stress and the chaos of the city, where you can enjoy moments of pure relax and well-being. The thermal springs of these falls have a constant temperature of 37.5 ° C and considerable therapeutic and healing properties. They are effective to treat various skin problems, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic and respiratory diseases, lower blood pressure, purify the liver, aid digestion and respiration.
Saturnia is a hamlet of the village of Manciano in the Maremma, located in the province of Grosseto in southern Tuscany. The village rose up on a hill overlooking the famous thermal springs of Saturnia and, as the story goes, is the oldest Italian town. The Romans built the site along the Via Clodia near the Etruscan Necropolis of Pian di Palma and the thermal springs. With the decline of Rome, Saturnia began a period of decline from which he emerged in the Middle Ages, thanks to the Counts of Tintinnano. In the 13th century, it passed to the Aldobrandeschis and in 1274 became part of the County of Sovana. In the following years, it was controlled earlier by Orvieto, then by Orsini and by the Republic of Siena, until the half of the sixteenth century when it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
What to see in Saturnia
In the old center of the Village of Saturnia there are many sights to see: first of all, the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena, built in the Middle Ages and completely restored in the early 1900s; the Aldobrandesca Fortress, built in the twelfth century and the Castle Ciacci built, inside, during the Fascist era; the Panciatichi-Ximenes Palace, dated on the Renaissance; the Archaeological Museum, with the evidences discovered in the nearby Etruscan Necropolis; the Castellum aquarum, of Roman age, used like a cistern of the storm water; the City Walls and the Porta Romana. Outside the residential zone, there is the Necropolis of Puntone, rich of tombs and evidences from the Etruscan past of Saturnia.