You can tell how old Saturnia is just by looking at her. The first inhabitants of the area arrived at the end of the Bronze Age, but there are ruins in the surrounding countryside that are much older, ancient enough to suggest that Saturnia was the first real city in Italy.
Yet, for a place that has seen at least 2,800 summers, Saturnia is difficult to place. Neighboring Maremmans insist that the city has sold its soul to the devil, which is why it feels empty. But given that Saturnia attracts more tourists than all the other towns in the Fiora valley put together, it is likely that behind this belief there is only a little envy. Its Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance relics are incredible and are part of the current landscape, just like its fine restaurants. Unfortunately, many tourists never see these relics and come to Saturnia mainly because it is one of the most popular spa destinations in Italy. Here you can immerse yourself in pools with a natural temperature of 37 ° C all year round. Don’t do what most does
part of the tourists. When visiting Saturnia, don’t forget to immerse yourself in its millenary history.
To be seen
Saturnia begins in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, a bright, flowery and full of life square. The best time to visit is lunchtime, when tranquility returns and even the last latecomers have followed the scent of stewed tomatoes home. In the heart of this square are the worn columns of a Roman temple. From how Saturnian children run around them playing hide and seek, it’s hard to believe these relics are over 2,000 years old. But Saturnia is so tied to its ancient past that if it were to be stripped of its antiquities to put them in a museum, it would be like stripping it of its soul. Thus, instead, tourists have the rare opportunity to touch the carefully carved faces of the Roman dead on the funerary stones and slide their fingers over the epigraphs in Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
Following via degli Aldobrandeschi out of the square, you will find a stoic-looking stone column that is losing its battle against some very insistent vines. This is the only Etruscan ruin on the left side of Saturnia, built some time after the seventh century.