Owing to its complex geological composition, Italy is punctuated by natural hot springs. Rich in sulphur and an array of other minerals, these waters are considered to have endless health and beauty benefits. From the foaming white pools of Tuscany, to the festering fumaroles of Sicily, and the aqua-marine basins of Lombardy, here are some of the best.
The Fosso Bianco natural pools in the village of Bagni San Filippo sit at the confluence of several hot springs. Slipping down the calcium-carbonate encrusted rock-face and into the natural cerulean basins below, the Fosso Bianco waterfalls provide the perfect all-year-round bathing experience. Following the tree-lined leafy pathway into the heart of the woods, you will eventually come to the ‘white-whale’ (the largest calcium formation of Bagni San Filippo), where the white-blue water is in marked contrast with the green and copper shades of the woodlands. Spurting out at 48°C, the water here is very warm, which permits bathing during colder months. The rich and remedial mud deposits, sitting at the bottom of the pools, also provide the best (free) spa treatment that Mother Nature can offer.