Le Cascate del Mulino
Just a few minutes from the ancient village of Saturnia and the Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort® thermal complex is this corner of paradise in southern Tuscany, the Cascate del Mulino.
Of very ancient origin, the thermal waters of Saturnia originated, according to legend, after the god Saturn, angry with men in constant war with each other, threw a lightning bolt on the earth which, sticking to the ground, originated a crater from which they began to escape hot waters dense with steam, which were able to placate souls and give life to generations of wiser and more peaceful men. Beyond the legend, the waters of Saturnia were already appreciated in ancient times, Etruscan and Roman to be precise, and the Romans already built the first public baths, used for the social and political life of the Tuscan town.
Today the Cascate del Mulino are considered the most beautiful free spas in Tuscany, and the reason is simple… they are magnificent! If you happen to arrive from Manciano or Montemerano, stop at the viewpoint (about 1km away from the waterfalls) and admire the beauty of this place … the high waterfall of hot thermal water that falls pouring into the tanks dug naturally in the travertine, and continue their course until they reach the stream below.
The waters of Saturnia have important beneficial properties, especially on the skin.
Properties of the waters of Saturnia
The thermal waters of Saturnia are famous all over the world for their beneficial and curative properties.
Unique in composition, the waters of Saturnia are indicated in the treatment of dermatological, respiratory and motor problems. From the thermal spring of Saturnia the waters come out at a temperature of 37.5 ° C with a flow rate of 500 l / s, after a very long underground journey that starts from Monte Amiata, during which they are enriched with precious gases and minerals.
The thermal water of Saturnia is sulphurous-carbonic-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline-earthy, rich in hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide.
Due to their properties, the waters of Saturnia are effective in the treatment of various ailments:
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: bronchitis and rhino-sinus-bronchial syndromes
DERMATOLOGY: acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and mycosis
LOCOMOTOR SYSTEM: arthrosis, rheumatism and paramorphisms
ENT: pharyngitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis and sinusitis
VASCULAR SYSTEM: vascular disease and venous and lymphatic insufficiency
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: small hepatic insufficiency, constipation, dyspepsia and dyslipidemia
Free spas Cascate del Mulino
The Cascate del Mulino are free spas, this means that admission is free. They are a real treasure at no cost, the beneficial properties of the waters, the beauty of the landscape and the charm of the Maremma absolutely free!
Near the Cascate del Mulino di Saturnia there is also a large car park, also free.
The Cascate del Mulino are always open, day and night, there are no time limitations, you can decide to go at any time of the day and enjoy in absolute freedom.
A swim at night at the Cascate del Mulino is an experience not to be missed, the silence of the night, the lights of the moon and stars, the sound of flowing water … a real charm!
Advice and curiosities about the Cascate del Mulino
The Mulino Waterfalls are always open, there is no time limit, so why not treat yourself to a nice night swim? Bathing at night at the Cascate del Mulino is a real MUST, an opportunity not to be missed to get to know even the most mysterious side of this place … The night is in fact the ideal time to enjoy a relaxing bath at the Saturnia waterfalls, silence, the soft moonlight and the comforting sound of the waterfall, a truly suggestive experience!
If you have never been to the Cascate del Mulino di Saturnia, some tips will certainly help you:
they are free spas, there are no services of any kind (changing rooms, sunbeds, umbrellas etc …), everything is still wild and unspoiled here, there is only a small refreshment point with paid showers
there are no timetables to respect, you can go whenever you want and you don’t need a reservation
bring rock shoes with you, the natural pools have a bottom that can be slippery in some places
the waters of Saturnia are rich in sulfur, so be careful to immerse yourself wearing bracelets or other jewels, they could be damaged
if you go swimming at night, we recommend that you bring a flashlight with you
In the surroundings of the Cascate del Mulino
The Cascate del Mulino are located in the south of the Tuscan Maremma, near some of the most beautiful villages in the region.
Saturnia is only 3km away – about 5 minutes by car – from the Cascate del Mulino. It is one of the oldest villages in Italy, it was founded in the Etruscan-Roman era and had the name of Aurinia – the city of gold -. In Roman times Saturnia was an important center, above all due to its proximity to the route of the Via Clodia, an ancient road traveled by traders and pilgrims to Rome. Subsequently the town of Saturnia was a possession of the Aldobrandeschi, in the fifteenth century it passed to the city of Orvieto, then to the Baschi di Montemerano and the Counts Orsini of Pitigliano. In 1410 Saturnia was conquered by the Republic of Siena, under whose government it remained until 1593, the year of the conquest of the Florentines, with the Medici family and annexation to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The town of Saturnia is today a delightful village rich in history and art, in fact it hosts the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Rocca Aldobrandesca, the city walls with the Roman gate and the Archaeological Museum.
Montemerano, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is located just 5km from the Cascate del Mulino, and is one of the unmissable stops in the Tuscan Maremma. Of medieval origin, the village has remained virtually unchanged over the centuries and today you can still breathe that ancient atmosphere along its streets, with artisan shops and historic buildings. Montemerano was born thanks to the Aldobrandeschi family in the 13th century, in the 14th century it was conquered by the Baschi family, a century later it passed to the Republic of Siena and at the end of the 16th century, to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In Montemerano, do not miss a visit to the Church of San Giorgio, the spectacular Piazza del Castello and the beautiful surrounding walls.
Manciano, just 12km from the Cascate del Mulino, is one of the main villages of the Tuscan Maremma, nicknamed the Spia della Maremma, due to the wonderful panorama it offers to its visitors, the village has very ancient origins. Manciano was founded in medieval times, certainly before 1188, under the control of the Aldobrandeschi family. Subsequently the castle of Manciano passed to the Orsini and then to the city of Orvieto, later to the Baschi family of Montemerano and then to the Counts Orsini of Pitigliano. In 1416 Manciano was conquered by the Republic of Siena and in 1557 it was granted to Duke Cosimo II Medici, ending up among the territories of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Manciano has a wonderful historical and artistic heritage, the Cassero, from which you can admire a 360 ° panorama from the sea of the Tyrrhenian coast to the Apennines, the Church of San Leonardo, the Fountain of Piazza Garibaldi, the city walls, the Tower of the Clock and the Church of the Santissima Annunziata.
How to reach the Cascate del Mulino
The best way to reach the Cascate del Mulino is by car. The Cascatelle are located in Saturnia, part of the municipality of Manciano, in the province of Grosseto. The waterfalls are located about 150 km from Rome, 200 km from Florence and 450 km from Milan.
BY CAR FROM THE NORTH
A1 Milan-Bologna-Florence motorway, Firenze-Certosa exit, Siena-Grosseto-Manciano-Saturnia freeway
A1 Milan-Parma Motorway, A15 Parma-La Spezia Motorway, A12 La Spezia-Livorno-Rosignano Marittimo-Grosseto Motorway, Grosseto Est Exit, Direction Manciano-Montemerano-Saturnia
BY CAR FROM THE SOUTH
Rome-Tarquinia motorway, Tarquinia exit, Aurelia SS up to Montalto di Castro, continue in the direction of Vulci, follow the signs for Manciano-Saturnia
For those who decide to arrive by train, the closest stations are those of Grosseto (57 km), Montalto di Castro (45km), Albinia (49 km).
The main airports are those of Rome-Fiumicino and Ciampino, both around 150 km away.
To reach the Cascate del Mulino by bus, instead, the Tiemme lines for Tuscany and Cotral for Lazio.
Pure relaxation ... in Maremma!
We had seen some photos of the falls but live they are even more spectacular! The large waterfall is truly impressive and a bath in the natural pools is priceless ... in fact it's free! This is the most beautiful aspect of this place, you do not pay the entrance, everything is free, there are no timetables to respect, you can go whenever you want and enjoy these miraculous waters, we will definitely be back!
The miraculous waters of Saturnia
About an hour and a half from Rome, in the heart of the Maremma, we found this small oasis of well-being, a magical place where miraculous waters give you moments of pure relaxation. Already after the first bath the skin is smoother, they are truly extraordinary waters, also recommended for the treatment of psoriasis.
Natural thermal baths in Saturnia
You cannot fail to swim at the Cascate del Mulino, this paradise on earth is a must for those who, like me, love wellness and spas, plus they are completely free! All around only the Maremma nature, and a few minutes by car of the most beautiful villages of the Tuscan Maremma.