Swish resort designed for five-star spa living

LOOKING OUT OVER THE SIENA HILLS, this place has the kind of setting that can lift your spirits just by lapping up the views. Nudging the tiny village of San Casciano dei Bagni – all tiny alleys wrapped around a Tuscan hilltop – Spa Hotel Fonteverde gazes out over a rolling tapestry of cypress trees, vineyards and distant hills. 

The vista from the sprawling terrace of the Fonteverde is more than matched by everything that goes on inside. This former Medici residence (a favourite haunt of Grand Duke Ferdinando in the 17th century) is now an ultra-swish resort dedicated to five-star spa living, and you’ll almost certainly leave in better shape than when you arrived. Guests can come here for a top-to-bottom bio-energetic check-up, some serious health therapy or – as we did – some full-on pampering.

Needless to say, they don't do things by halves here. Our side-by-side aromatherapy massage left us blissed out and ready to try some of the seven gorgeous spa pools. (There’s even one reserved for visiting pooches).

After being pummelled by water jets in the indoor/outdoor spa water pool and getting a drenching beneath the waterfall of another, we decided you can’t beat watching the sun go down from the deliciously hot waters of the fabulous outdoor infinity pool, lit from below, as the Tuscan skies darkened above. It's a pretty amazing place for a dip.

Hit the Spot
A Tuscan hillside minutes from San Casciano dei Bagni.

Well coordinated rooms are designed for luxe and good living.

Be Savvy
Put your hair up for evenings, down for daytime.

Be Smitten
Full-on spa experience that's hard to beat.

Waterfalls and hydro pools

Dinner at Spa Hotel Fonteverde is a dressy affair complete with liveried waiters, and a menu that allows you to choose dishes with various degrees of calorific indulgence. But unwinding is the order of the day and it’s fine to turn up for breakfast – or wander around the hotel – in your fluffy towelling gown.

Rooms are luxurious and smartly colour coordinated, and the stash of goodies arrayed in our marble bathroom even included a thermal mud masque to try. There are a couple of fabulous terrace suites here for some serious splashing out, Fonteverde style.

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mairiona Cotter

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Dining in
The hotel's elegant and antique-furnished Ferdinando 1 restaurant is the place to sample traditional Tuscan fare made with local ingredients like porcini mushrooms, olives and Pienza cheese, as well as lighter, health-conscious fare.

Dining out
If you're ready for a change, head to the village square in San Casciano dei Bagni for an al fresco lunch.


The Fonteverde's Ferdinando 1 restaurant

What’s cooking?
Traditional Tuscan and spa cuisine made with fresh local produce

Dress the part
Days are dress-down here while nights are dress-up

Top table?
On the terrace or along the windows behind

See & Do

Relaxation and feel-good treatments are what it's all about here. However, you might like to take a trip to historic Florence, Siena and Perugia, or simply spend a day driving through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Chiusi's Archaeological Museum is packed with interest,  and wine and olive oil and wine tastings are easily arranged.


Pop into the Fonteverde's boutique to stock up on own-brand spa products, or buy some olive oil and Brunello di Montalcino wine locally. Style hounds can head for the nearby designer outlets.

This is a full-on spa experience hotel with just about everything you could wish for. The Vitalstone and Dipu massages will leave you totally chilled while Talaquam and Bioaquam treatments will perk up the most jaded systems. The wide range of treatments available includes Chinese Zu reflexology, micro-plankton treatments and phyto-fango therapy to banish cellulite.

After dark
Sip a cocktail watching the sun go down, or soak in the toasty waters of the fabulous open-air thermal pools as night falls over Tuscany.

Festival della Val D’Orcia celebrates local art and culture, cuisine, music and history.


53040 San Casciano dei Bagni, Località Terme

There is free guest parking.

Chiusi station –20 minutes

EUR 15 from the station.

Florence – 150km

Rooms and suites

65 rooms. 13 suites

Special features
Plush marble bathrooms are stocked with an array of pampering lotions and potions

Honeymooners love the Cristiana di Lorena or the Eleonora da Toledo suites.


Rates guide
EUR 220 - 1340

Open all year




Minimum night stay?
Three nights over New Year, Easter and bank holidays

Buffet breakfast is served until 10:30am

Room service
Available mornings and evenings

Youngsters are welcome, but no under-12’s in the spa



Air conditioning


Italian, English, French, German and Russian

Wedding license?

Yes – ask for details



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