I am confused as to which Hot spring/Spa to choose for a one day visit. Would like the best place near Montepulciano that offers Hot water Springs or pool and spa services that would be considered not over priced. Does any one know which one or two areas would make for a pleasant visit and the possible expenses for just the day?
Frank, what do you consider "over priced"? Everyone has their own opinion of how much is too much so an amount will get you more information. Donna
There are many thermal spas in Tuscany. Actually Tuscany is one of the places with most thermal spas in the world. Several are in the Province of Siena, where Montepulciano is. The website below will give you a comprehensive list. However I think it's only in Italian. Click on the map or click on the province you are interested in. For example for the province of Siena click on "Terme a Siena" (Terme, plural form only, is the Italian word for 'thermal spa'). I've been only to a few of them (Petriolo, Saturnia, Bagno Vignoni, Venturina) when I lived in Florence but only for the day, so I don't know how much they charge for staying overnight at the hotels. It's been years since I went last, so I don't remember what the daily charge was, but since I was a university student, I'm pretty sure it wasn't exorbitant otherwise I could not have afforded it. Saturnia and Bagno Vignoni are very vivid in my memory. I loved those places, immersed in hot sulfur water while it was freezing cold outside (some of the times with snow). Take a look at the list, then to look for information in English just google the name and I'm sure you'll find info in English for any of them. Italy is full of underground dormant volcanoes, so there are plenty of choices. Montepulciano is itself a thermal location. The ones I mentioned above are within a short drive (Saturnia little farther but one of the best, Venturina maybe too far since it's near Piombino), Chianciano Terme is a major one very close to Montepulciano. Bagno Vignoni and Castiglione D'Orcia are very close as well (I liked bagno Vignoni). The largest and most famous is of course Montecatini Terme, in the province of Pistoia. http://terme.borghitoscani.com/
Thank you Roberto for the overview. It is reassuring to read your summary. I will do what you said, and I am sure I will be able to make an appropriate decision. It is a great dilemma.
I found the place where I used to go at Bagno Vignoni. Never stayed overnight though, just for the day at the pool (which is only 15 euro). I've been there a few times, but we are talking about many years ago, when the US was bombing Gaddafy and Berlusconi was not a politician but just an entrepreneur bribing politicians and evading taxes (I guess some things never change). http://www.hotelpostamarcucci.it/index.htm