Overview of Bagni San Filippo
Bagni San Filippo is an enchanting small town, at 524 meters above sea level, situated in a splendid position between the woods of Monte Amiata and the wonderful countryside of Val D’Orcia. It takes its name from St. Filippo Benizi, the prior of Florentine order of Mary’s Servants. He retreated as a hermit in this Tuscan’s corner in 1296 to keep away from being elected Pope at the Viterbo’s conclave.
The archaeological researches were bringing to light that Bagni San Filippo was special estimated under the Romans as a thermal bath locality.
Thermal baths were restored in the 16th century at the times of Cosimo I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, reaching a great renown as to deserve a mention in the Machiavelli’s literary work “La Mandragola”.
Its fame is particularly owing to the advantageous properties of its five hot springs reaching a temperature of 52º C. These sulphur waters have even changed the surrounding landscape which is white as a consequence of calcium’s deposits. In many sites deposits have originated natural structures which look like waterfalls. The most important one is known as Balena Bianca close to Fosso Bianco, a stream running at Monte Amiata’s feet in a succession of warm and white pools.
Nowadays, Bagni San Filippo is a prestigious spa centre. Italian and foreign people use to come to this locality to enjoy some holidays in a healthy and relaxing way.
Main Towns of Valdorcia
Radicofani, Sarteano, Cetona,
San Quirico D'Orcia,
Bagni San Filippo,
Abbadia and Monte Amiata
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