Tuscany is considered one of the most beloved regions by visitors from all over the world, but it manages to maintain an authentic charm with a somewhat wild aroma and an atmosphere that is unmatched throughout the country. It has plenty of attractions and interesting sites to visit and if you are wondering where to start, the mill falls are without a doubt one of the most beautiful and special places you will come across during your visit to the area and therefore they are definitely a must stop.
These are beautiful waterfalls in which sulfurous water flows with a characteristic aroma which, due to the direction of their flow, its strength, and the composition of the minerals, were carved in turpentine stone (a type of porous calcareous rock) and created small natural pools in which pleasant water for bathing maintains a constant temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius. This comfortable temperature makes them a great place to visit even with small children, unlike other thermal springs that may be too hot for little ones to bathe in.
The great combination between a spectacular natural phenomenon, interesting rock formations, and terraced swimming pools, make mill falls an active and lively tourist site and is visited every day by crowds of mostly tourists but also quite a few locals. Fortunately, this is a site that is open to the general public 24/7, so if you are worried that the place will be busy, you can choose less usual hours (in any weather) to visit the place.
It is also interesting to know that the source of the hot water is Monte Amiata, which is known among the locals for its remarkable volcanic activity so that the water that reaches the rock-cut pools at the end of its journey is none other than volcanic water. These waters are attributed to healing properties and even if you don’t define yourself as “believers” you will at least have an authentic spa experience alongside a gorgeous view.
A tip from us: the entrance is free and the site is open 24/7, which makes it a desirable destination even on overcast days and among those who love nightlife. If you intend to go to the place to swim by moonlight, keep in mind that there are areas where the rocks are sharp, so you should equip yourself with appropriate lighting and, of course, don’t forget a towel (and if you want to be safe, literally, take sandals with you for the water).
In addition, it is advisable to take into account that there are no toilets, showers or compartments for changing clothes and storing belongings.