We visited as a day trip from Montepulciano on a 40 degree day seeking a relaxing dip in the thermal pools. First a word of warning on following Google maps as from Montepulciano it will direct you down a very steep and winding gravel track just before Monticchiello- not an impossible drive just not for the faint-hearted or those with small engines!
We parked in the large free public parking a little way down the hill from the the main village which then required a short uphill walk on gravel to the village itself. There was a smaller car park further up. It is a small village dominated by hotels offering thermal spas and whilst I'm sure they are great, if you're looking for a free alternative there is a free public pool. From the beautiful pool piazza walk towards the mill park (by the small car park) to see the spring come out over a waterfall, to the left there is a set of steps down to the public pool. It is perhaps 2ft deep and a cool but not cold temperature on a hot day, there is not much shade or room to sit around it although the white clay on the pool floor is a great natural sun block. From here the more adventurous can climb up the rock following the water to the waterfall which my brother tells me provides a wonderful view. Further down the steps there is another pool although no one was swimming here and it was far less inviting. There is also a small car park down here accessible by a narrow gravel track off Strada Bagno Vigoni.
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