I’ll admit, Cascate del Mulino was an Instagram-discovered travel list item for me. The first time I saw these beautiful natural thermal springs on my feed, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I really couldn’t believe it was real. I instantly dived into researching how to get there.
First and foremost, many people confuse Cascate del Mulino and Terme di Saturnia. Terme di Saturnia technically refers to the region of several springs in the municipality of Manciano. It’s also the name of the renowned luxury spa, Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort, in Tuscany, which happens to be just a few minutes walk from Cascate del Mulino. The resort features large, man made pools with the same water.
Cascate del Mulino is one of the most incredible places I’ve been. The water was so warm, and with panoramic views of Tuscany, I could’ve stayed for hours. The springs may not be the most accessible location in Italy, but if you can figure out how to make the trip, it’s more than worth going.
How to Get to Cascate del Mulino
Saturnia is roughly five hours from Milan and two hours from Rome. It’s near the edge of the Tuscany region, making it two and a half hours from Florence. If you’re doing an Italy road trip like we did, it’s the perfect halfway spot between Florence and Rome.
While you’re passing through romantic Firenze on your way to Cascate del Mulino, stop for one of the best food tours in Florence, a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, or luxury outlet shopping at The Mall (one of my favorite things to do there).
Driving to Cascate del Mulino
A rental car is my recommended mode of transportation. We almost got confused when driving to Cascate del Mulino from Florence because the hot springs were so close to the spa that we thought we had gone too far.
Keep driving until the turn-off on the right. I highly do not recommend making this drive in the dark, as roads in Manciano are quite narrow and have several sharp, blind turns. Click here to easily find rental car options in Italy.
Private Driver to Cascate del Mulino from Rome
Private drivers between Rome and Saturnia are an option. However, they are pricey. A 9 am-6 pm day trip will run you roughly 500 Euros.
I recommend avoiding this if possible in favor of driving yourself. Just ensure you have an International Driver’s Permit.
Public Transportation to Cascate del Mulino
I strongly advise against trying public transportation to Saturnia. It’s a bit lengthy and cumbersome due to how remote Cascate del Mulino is.
You will need to take a train to Grosseto. From Grosseto, take bus 41 or 11 to Manciano. In Manciano, take bus 17/P to Saturnia.
Note that the buses don’t run on Sundays. Public transportation takes roughly eight hours from Florence and three to eight hours from Rome. Once again, I strongly do not recommend this.
The easiest city to access Cascate del Mulino from via public transportation is Rome or Florence. If you’re not in Florence, don’t fret—you can take the train to Florence from Venice, Milan, Bologna, and other popular cities in Italy easily.
Parking at Cascate del Mulino
Parking at Cascate del Mulino is free! There is a parking lot located just outside of the hot springs.
Do not park on the street, or you will be fined. The parking lot is not paved, so be mindful of your rental’s tires when driving through it.
Cascate del Mulino Admission Fee
Just like parking, admission for Cascate del Mulino is also free. It’s open every day, 24 hours a day. When I visited, there were no security guards or other employees working at the hot springs whatsoever.
If it has been raining, they will close the gate for erosion, but in my experience, that doesn’t stop people from going anyway.
Terme di Saturnia, the spa and hotel nearby, does charge admission. Admissions starts around 25 Euros and does not include a bathrobe, towel, or slippers, according to reviews.
Watch Out for Worms in the Hot Springs
Something that came up several times in my research was the little red worms in the water at Cascate del Mulino.
I’m absolutely squeamish when it comes to bugs, so I BRACED myself for this before going. Maybe it was the fact that I was there in the off-season or that rain had just come through, but I saw absolutely zero worms.
My biggest obstacle was how slippery and uneven the floor was underneath the water. I left with the lovely souvenir of a scraped up knee and banged up elbow, but it was worth it. Somewhere on my SD card is a series of photos of me falling basically straight on my face and into the water. The life of a former ballerina, everyone.
Where to Stay Near Cascate del Mulino
Staying near Cascate del Mulino will make it much easier to go to the natural hot springs in the morning as the sun is rising. You’ll be able to be one of the first—if not the first—to visit the stunning attraction.
Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort
The obvious first choice is Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort, located right around the corner. This resort is convenient, and luxurious. A true getaway in Tuscany.
If you book a room at Terme di Saturnia, admission to their thermal spa park is included. That being said, rooms at Terme di Saturnia are on the more expensive side.
After spending days researching hotels in the Saturnia area, I opted for an Airbnb. Airbnb in the maremma was so inexpensive that it became a much better value than the nearby hotels.
Several Airbnb hosts list their farms and entire houses for a similar or less expensive price than the hotels. Click here to see the AirBnB I stayed in.
If you’re new to AirBnB, click here to receive $55 off of your first trip. The AirBnB I was in is located roughly 20 minutes away from Cascate del Mulino in Pitigliano. It has an incredible view of Tuscany!
Pitigliano is a stunning medieval town. I highly recommend staying there if you’re visiting the hot springs, as it is quaint and charming.
Should you feel more comfortable staying in a hotel, there are a few hotels near Cascate del Mulino with great reviews. Below are a few of the best:
- Agriturismo Le Cascatelle – breakfast and free parking
- Relais Ciavatta – Private cottages and a lovely pool
The Best Time to Visit Cascate del Mulino Hot Springs
The temperature of the water at Cascate del Mulino stays between approximately 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
I went end of November, and I’m convinced that it’s one of the best times to go. The outdoor temperature was around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, making a dip in Saturnia’s warm waters feel like a dip in a jacuzzi in the snowy Swiss Alps. Italy does get relatively hot and humid in the summer, which could make the warm water a little less enjoyable for extended periods of time.
Go to Cascate del Mulino as soon as the sun rises. The morning golden hour overlooking Tuscany is absolutely stunning.
The hot springs also can get crowded during the day, so you’ll beat the crowds and have a more relaxing experience by dragging yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn. Around 8 am, there were already seven or eight people there, and more were quickly arriving.
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