San Casciano dei Bagni province of Siena
San Casciano dei Bagni is certainly part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It boasts the tourist-environmental quality mark.
This ancient and characteristic village is located in the southernmost point of the province of Siena, In this village the last offshoots of the Tuscan hills blend with the landscape of Umbria and Lazio, close to the Cetona and Amiata mountains. Especially national, but also foreign tourists know San Casciano dei Bagni for its nearby thermal baths.
The oldest monument is at the gates of the spa. It is the Pagan Temple dating from the 4th century. The monument is dedicated to the Goddess of Health Hygeia.
Tourists know San Casciano dei Bagni, a small town in Valdichiana, for its hot springs. It is a city of 1,708 inhabitants, located in Val Di Chiana, in the province of Siena. Thermal waters have always been part of the history of this beautiful town. Its history is linked to the presence of hot springs. The hot springs have attracted people’s attention throughout the centuries.
The first inhabited settlements organized in this area date back to Etruscan times. at that time people arrived, almost certainly attracted by the presence of the hot springs. Tradition says that it was Porsenna, Lucumone di Chiusi, who founded the first structures to favor the use of water. The structures to favor the use of water were born in Roman times. under the name of Fonti Clusini.
After the Etruscans came the Romans, who continued to show great interest in the thermal waters of San Casciano. the city, in fact, has always been in a strategic position, along the route that leads from the north to Rome. Throughout the centuries the development of the city was constant. The development was facilitated above all by those who trusted in the healing properties of its waters. With the decline of the Roman Empire, the barbarian invasions and the fighting between Lombards and Byzantines, the importance of San Casciano was reduced considerably. However, the first written records of the city date back to 995 AD. At that time the Marquis Ugo di Toscana handed over to “Curtis (de) Bagno” the Abbey of San Salvatore.