The hot pool at the main square of Bagno Vignoni in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany/Italy

Bagno Vignoni: A spa since the 16th century
Natural hot springs put this hamlet on the map

Bagno Vignoni, Val d' Orcia, Tuscany/Italy (2017) – One of the must-see sights in the Val d'Orcia region in Tuscany is Bagno Vignoni. The tiny village, belonging to San Quirico, is home to one of the oldest natural spas in Italy. Where other villages traditionally have a main square, Bagno Vignoni has the "Piazza delle Sorgenti" (Square of Springs), a huge pool measuring 50 by 30 meters (164 by 98 feet) built in the 16th century and filled with hot thermal water from the hot springs on which it is built. In ancient times Bagno Vignoni was one of refreshment stops for Christian pilgrims while traveling the Via Francigena – an ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome. Thanks to the hot springs the little Tuscan hamlet also became a popular destination for more famous visitors like Pope Pius II., Lorenzo the Magnificent and St. Catherine of Siena. Due to its beauty Bagno Vignoni was used as film location for Tarkovsky's film "Nostalghia" (1983) and backdrop for Verdonne's "Al lupo al lupo" (1992). While you can't take a bath in the hot water at the square today, you still can enjoy the thermal water in little pools at the bottom of the hill, a few steps down to the "Parco dei Mulini" (Park of the mills) – free of charge. Bagno Vignoni is a UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 2004. 
Hot water pools in Bagno Vignoni in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany/Italy
"Reflexes" – Daniela Capaccioli's wire mesh nymphs hang out at Bagno Vignoni
That ancient and modern can fit together was proven by the Italian artist Daniela Capaccioli with her wire mesh exhibition at Bagno Vignoni. The sculptor created magical creatures, nymphs, and animals out of wire mesh and placed them right into this ancient square, mostly around the big pool at the Piazza delle Sorgenti. Due to their transparency the scuptures remain discrete and invisible and take nothing away from this gorgeous sight. The opposite is the case, they fit perfectly into this location and stir up even more interest. The nymphs at the pool reflect in the hot spring water beautifully and appear even more mystic at cooler outside temperatures when they are surrounded by a little fog caused from the hot steaming water. 
Mesh wire art of Daniela Capaccioli in Bagno Vignoni in Val d'Orcia in Tuscany/Italy