Bagno Vignoni is a small community in the municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia, near Pienza and Montalcino. If, in the words of Albert Camus, “Above all, a man’s thought is his nostalgia”, then this village speaks volumes about the yearning for something that is deeply loved, and for distant countries.
Between 1362 and 1367, Saint Catherine of Siena attended the hot springs that “flood” the great central square, where her mother took her hoping to see her beautiful daughter enjoy the company of noblemen and knights. Instead, Catherine’s vocation would prove as irrepressible as the water gushing underground.
In 1983, the Russian director Andrej Tarkovskij came to Bagno Vignoni to shoot part of “Nostalghia”, the story of an expatriate Soviet poet who is reminded of the nippy haze in his faraway homeland by the diaphanous, iridescent fog rising in the winter from the great rectangular tank.
In the place where popes and princes – from Pius II to Lorenzo the Magnificent – were able to relax centuries ago, today you will find charm and a sense of expectation… the feelings and thoughts of men overwhelmed by the elusive nostalgia that is evoked by the world’s beauty.