Natural Hot Springs in Tuscany - Fosso Bianco in Bagni San Filippo
Take a detour on your Tuscan Road Trip for a dip in the natural hot spring.
It was olive harvesting season and we marveled as the local farmers raked the trees of it's succulent produce while we headed out on Rick Steve's "Heart of Tuscany" driving tour but of course with several amendments. For instance, I was set on trying a local hot spring. I had researched Fasso Bianco (White Trash) in Bagni San Filippo since it was near our route. The drive there was overwhelmingly gorgeous.
Travel Tip: Download your maps on Google Maps before the trip for offline use incase you don't have wifi will driving. This was a timesaver!
Using my previously downloaded Google map we easily found the entry point to the spring. After getting the lay of the land we changed into our swimmies and carefully submerged into the warm waters. We were practically alone except for a few hikers here and there. Then a couple of locals showed up with whom we talked with for hours about politics, work, and travel.
We learned that the natural springs heat comes from the magma of volcano Amiata and it's some of " the best water in Italy", to quote an Italian.
Travel Tip: There are no bathrooms or changing rooms. Wear your suits under your clothes and bring towels. Also, some areas are muddy and slippery so bring proper shoes.
After a week on the go seeing all the famous sites of Italy -- this one was very welcome. A bit of the local life and bit of rest for the body. I highly recommend finding an opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders of Italy.