San Filippo Baths


From the slopes of Mount Amiata come the five hot springs that feed the baths. The area is filled with steaming vapours, the air smells of sulphur, and there is even a natural pool surrounded by greenery. There is also a white rock waterfall, several millennial plane trees and the expanse of Val d’Orcia, which stretches beyond the horizon with its enchanted paths surrounded by water and greenery. On the road to Campiglia d’Orcia lies the hermitage of St Philip Benizi, which is a place that deserves a visit. The legends say he made the precious hot springs gush out of the earth. The waters of the San Filippo baths, which the Romans knew very well, are of interest to not only the study of medical hydrology but also the fields of science, art and technology. It is rich in calcium carbonate, which forms striking white concretions once it solidifies. Roman archaeological findings and historical evidence dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era (connected to famous figures such as Lorenzo the Magnificent) prove the ‘age’ of this spa.

In particular, the hyperthermal sulfur-sulphate-calcium-magnesium water (high in hydrogen content) favours an effective mucolytic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and bacteriostatic action. Therefore, it is suitable for conditions that affect the skin, osteo-articular neuro system and the bronchi. The hotel has a private access to the spa, while the public uses another dedicated entrance. The spa has an agreement with the National Health Service. It can be used under doctor’s prescription indicating the condition.