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Cascate del MulinoBy Anthony Parente
The source of the hot water actually comes from the Monte Amiata volcano, which is 40km away. The water comes gushing out at 98.6°F (37°C) near the Terme di Saturnia hotel, which is a luxury spa and golf resort, before spilling out into the Gorello river. Once it hits the Gorello River, it makes it way down to the Cascate del Mulino. By the time it reaches this point the water will have cooled off a few degrees. The Gorello River is free to swim in and a bit more private, but not quite as beautiful as the Cascate del Mulino.
This hidden gem has been around for centuries. The Etruscans, which was a civilization that occupied ancient Italy between the 8th and 3rd century BCE, looked at the springs as a gift from the gods. Once the Romans claimed the area, they built the first public bath in history. Many believed that these waters were a gift from Saturn as he used these springs as his own place of refuge. Believe it or not there was a time where locals refused to use the waters fearing it was cursed. During this time they did not see it as a gift instead they saw it as a curse from Saturn who casted a lightning bolt that ripped open the ground causing the hot waters to flow from the gates of hell. As time moved on beliefs soon changed again and people once again returned to these waters.
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