Tuscan soil is rich in thermal and mineral waters. Their curable features have been valued since the times of the Etruscans and the Romans. Today, there are large and small recreation centers at the places of thermal and mineral springs. Saturnia in the province of Grosseto, Montecatini in the province of Pisoia, and Chianciano Terme in Siena are the most famous water resorts in Tuscany.
Saturnia sulfury waters come from an extinct volcanic crater and have the temperature of 37,5°C. According to the legend, the source took its beginning from the place where enraged god Saturn stroke with lightning. The spring helps people with skin diseases, musculoskeletal system problems, digestion and breathing illnesses. Even children may swim in the waters of the crater. There are two options to enjoy Saturnia springs. Mill waterfalls are for those who love wild rest. Those who prefer comfort may combine water procedures with other hotel services: massage, hydro-massage, sauna, SPA. Hotels also offer unique cosmetics developed on the basis of thermal plankton. Moreover, there is an opportunity of active recreation: tennis, aerobics, gyms etc.
Montecatini Terme is one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. Mild climate stays here all year round, and the beauty of the landscape never fades. Magnificent architecture complements natural variety of the region. The atmosphere of refinement is created by skillfully decorated fountains, mosaics, buildings in classic and liberty styles, central square, town hall and a huge park. Montecatini is not only a resort, but also a cultural center with the Museum of Arts Academy, regular exhibitions of contemporary painters and the festival of short films. You can enjoy both the art and the excitement of horse racing, golf, trap-shooting, football, basketball, etc. Shopping lovers will be pleased with local small private shops and luxurious boutiques. Moreover, Montecatini has everything you may need to have a delightful night. Also, it offers a lot of options to improve your health. There are nine balneotherapy centers in Montecatini: GroccĐľ, Excelsior, La SalutĐµ, Leopoldine, Regina, Redi, Tamerici, Tettuccio and Đ˘orretta. Curable waters pass through deep chalky layers of soil and absorb salt and micro elements which affect liver, kidneys and digestion organs in a positive way. The minimal temperature of water is 33,5 °C.
Small towns, medieval castles and villas are located around Montecatini. Montecatini Alto is an ancient village with historical medieval center which gives outstanding panoramic view of Montecatini. There are about 300 hotels of various categories in this small settlement. Many of them provide thermal services.
One of the largest Tuscan resorts ,Chianciano Terme, has got more than 250 hotels. “Centro Benessere SPA Deus” is one of them. This hotel was built for NASA cosmonauts, and now it welcomes everyone. The health improving center offers aromatherapy, mud treatment and anti-stress program. This resort mainly specializes in liver treatment.