These Cliffside Natural Hot Springs Are Italy's Best-kept Secret

It’s time to get a little riposo e rilassamento. That’s “rest and relaxation,” if you don’t already know Italian. Italy, and Tuscany in particular, is peppered with natural hot springs rich in minerals that have been used by people since the ancient Romans for their health and beauty benefits. But one hot spring, found amid the hills of Maremma, is actually one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Cascate del Mulino is just off the beaten path and away from most tourists radars. Centuries of waterfalls, have carved the rocks into beautifully round pools. Locals like to come and soak year-round, especially since the waters stay luxuriously warm at 37.5°C, or about 99.5°F.

The water is also enriched with sulfur and thermal plankton, which is believed to possibly aid skin, digestive and circulatory conditions like high blood pressure. According to The Culture Trip, even though the waterfalls are very close to the town of Saturnia, which is also famous for its baths, these lesser-known pools are actually free to visit. More information about visiting the springs can be found on the official website. It’s probably feeling like a great time to book a trip to Italy.