Bagno Vignoni

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bagno Vignoni
Frazione
The bath and San Giovanni Battista church
The bath and San Giovanni Battista church
Bagno Vignoni is located in Italy
Bagno Vignoni
Bagno Vignoni
Location of Bagno Vignoni in Italy
Coordinates: 43°1′40.39″N 11°37′5.93″E / 43.0278861°N 11.6183139°E / 43.0278861; 11.6183139Coordinates: 43°1′40.39″N 11°37′5.93″E / 43.0278861°N 11.6183139°E / 43.0278861; 11.6183139
Country  Italy
Region  Tuscany
Province Siena (SI)
Comune San Quirico d'Orcia
Elevation 306 m (1,004 ft)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 30
Demonym(s) Vignonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 53027
Dialing code (+39) 0577

Bagno Vignoni is an Italian village and hamlet (frazione) of San Quirico d'Orcia, situated on a hill above the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany. It is a popular tourist destination and well known for its hot springs.[2][3]

History[edit]

View of the bath

The ancient village of Bagno Vignoni is located in the heart of Tuscany, in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park. Thanks to the Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), these thermal waters were found and have been used since Roman times. At the heart of the village is the "Square of sources", namely a rectangular tank, of sixteenth-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the subterranean aquifer of volcanic origins. Since the Etruscans and Romans - as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds - the spa of Bagno Vignoni was attended by eminent personalities such as Pope Pius II, Saint Catherine of Siena, Lorenzo the Magnificent and many other artists who had elected the village as their main holiday resort. Characteristic of Bagno Vignoni, besides the thermal waters, are its structure, despite numerous incidents of war, devastation and fires that involved the Val d'Orcia in the Middle Ages, remains essentially unchanged since then. From Bagno Vignoni, one can easily reach the historical centres of nearby Pienza and Montalcino, and the general Val d'Orcia area, including the Park of Mount Amiata.

Geography[edit]

Located on a hill surrounded by the valley of Orcia river, that flows south of the village, Bagno Vignoni is four kilometres north of Castiglione d'Orcia, 5,5 south of San Quirico d'Orcia, 13 south of Pienza, and 50 south of Siena. The central square of Bagno Vignoni, in which is located a large pool (Baths of St. Catherine), is named Piazza delle Sorgenti (i.e.: "Springs' Square").[3] The upper side of the village is named Vignoni Alto (i.e.: Upper Vignoni).[4]

Main sights[edit]

  • Old town with the Old Baths of St. Catherine (Antiche Terme di Santa Caterina) and the church of St. John the Baptist.[5][4]
  • Mills Park (Parco dei Mulini), located below the village, near the river Orcia and the caves.[6][4]

Popular culture[edit]

Bagno Vignoni was the location in which the majority of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1983 film Nostalghia were shot.[7][8] Also some scenes of Al lupo al lupo, a Carlo Verdone's 1992 film, were shot in the village.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Bagno Vignoni travel guide from Wikivoyage