A Soak with a View in Tuscany

Posted by Anne & Kirk Woodyard – Music and Markets Tours

The  ancient steaming waters of Bagno Vignoni have soaked the Medicis and Saint Catherine of Siena and we have long wanted to experience them for ourselves. Bubbling up from the depths of the earth at around 100 degrees F, they’re a fabulous place for a winter soak while gazing through the mist at the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
We spend a relaxing hour paddling in the warm pool, positioning ourselves a few minutes at a time under the cascade for a pummel of heat on our backs.
The original pool is no longer open for bathing, but is the center of the ancient village, with several interesting boutiques and eateries.
The hot springs bubble up at one end of the basin,with a sheltering loggia, bearing a plaque with an ancient text dedicating the pool to nymphs of Roman mythology, at the opposite end.
The never-ending supply of water is good for more than just baths. At the edge of town are the ruins of multiple mills,the stony ground webbed with millraces and dotted with crumbling stone wall.
Bagno Vignoni is a charming and relaxing experience – one we are eager to share with Music and Markets guests on future tours.

The best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) i
s that we’re interested in the stories that make the places we visit come alive.
We’ve visited Europe more times than we can count, lea
rned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe.
Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and the south of France. We look forward to sharing these stories and friends and experiences with our Music and Markets guests.
While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk’s background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.


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