Bagni San Filippo is a neighborhood in Castiglione d’Orcia, Siena, named after Saint Philip Benizi, a holy man from Florence who sought refuge here in 1269. He was the general superior of the Servites of Mary… so whom was he running from? From the cardinals in the Viterbo conclave, who had decided to elect him Pope.
Philip knew he was not cut out for that demanding role. So he decided to hide in this corner of Tuscany, at the foot of Mount Amiata, where hot sulfurous water has built – over the centuries – wonderful architectural structures out of calcareous residue. And where relaxing thermal springs still welcome those who need refuge.
We all have some big or small responsibility we would like to avoid, at least for a while. Bagni San Filippo is the perfect place to do just that.