Tuscany guide

15 – Bagno Vignoni *

Distance from Pienza: 15 km (~9 mi)
Travel time: 20 minutes

Exit Pienza to SP18 and drive south to the intersection with the SP53 road. Turn onto SP 53 and continue west towards Bagno Vignoni. Leave your car in the parking lot at the entrance.
Bagno Vignoni is a small Italian village and hamlet of San Quirico d'Orcia on a hill above the Val d'Orcia. It's well known for its hot springs. Because of its location on Via Francigena, the main pilgrim route from France to Rome, Bagno Vignoni had become a popular resort and vacation destination.

At the heart of the village, there's the "Square of sources," a rectangular tank from the 16th century that contains the original source of water that comes from the subterranean aquifer of volcanic origins. Cinephiles would probably remember the tank from Tarkovsky Nostalghia.
Photography recommendations
Wander around the village, try the local cuisine, and take pictures of the famous thermal baths named after St. Catherine. You can also photograph an ancient castle of Rocca di Tentennano, a fortress standing on a pinnacle high above the Val d'Orcia with the small village just below and the valley spreading out on all sides.

Walk through the village, exit to the outskirts and shoot south at sunset. Use a lens 24-70 mm.