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Bagni San Filippo

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Hi everyone!

I've just realized that it was been almost 3 years since I do not post anything.
In fact - thanks God for that! - this does not mean that I've stopped traveling around the world.
Changed my job, new routines, more time with the family and maybe also a little bit of that terrible feeling of getting older...

Anyway, to commemorate this return to my travel blog I decided that I wanted to share with you a very strange experience I've had this summer in Toscania, more precisely in Bagni San Felippo, a sulfur hot spring with natural pools where you can take a bath and relax free of charge...
I've knew of this place through my daughter, also now becoming a travelling addicted :) who had searched for different spots to stop during our summer holidays 2016.
After driving through the country roads south of Siena, passing though all those landscapes that fill up the internet we came to a stop in a steep road at the entrance of this small village. The temperature outside was 30+C as expected in Tuscany in august.
It happens that the moment we stoped the car, the sky turned from blue to dark grey and drops of rain begun to fall.
After a moment of discussion we decided to go out and visit the place regardless of the menace of thunderstorm.
Now with light rain falling continuous the pools were almost deserted. One last step in the trail in the woods were the pools are located, and WOW!
There's a waterfall of hot water falling from 20 or 30 meters above flowing down over a bed of white sediments! Totally unexpected, but very beautiful.
I only regret the light was very poor (and it was raining) and I've decided not to bring my camera with me. Fortunately my son had is brand new wide angle camera that he uses for filming is skateboarding activities. The temperature was now around 20-22C outside.
30 minutes of soaking in the hot water (for sure above 40C) and nobody was paying attention to the falling rain. Actually it was kind of interesting and funny.
But suddenly the rain become stronger and at a certain moment it changed to ice cubes falling strongly!!!!
For more than 15 minutes it rained small ice stones, the outside temperature dropped to 10C or less and if we did not had the hot water falling down over our heads we would freeze! Again, after the initial surprise, that hot/cold situation was a lot of fun.
When we decided to return to the car we were all totally wet and feeling really cold. Our bathing suits were full of sulfur residues and I'm sure that Budget's people is still trying to remove that rotten eggs smell from the seats still today ;)
Well this is it, a funny moment in a nice trip to Toscania, 2016.

Posted by ACoelho 09:02 Archived in Italy Tagged tuscany

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