Fosso Bianco

Fosso Bianco

Bagni san filippo

Near the village of Bagni San Filippo and the very popular and crowded Cascata del Mulino terraced jacuzzi pools, in southern Tuscany,  the White Stream (Fosso Bianco) flows over the magnificent White Whale waterfall (La Balena Bianca).  

There are signs saying ‘Danger, no bathing,’ because of the risk of rock falls but that doesn’t seem to stop bathers.

The book Wild Swimming in Italy describes the spot as ‘a magical place, in summer and winter’. 

Take coins for metred parking.  Wear sensible shoes for the long uphill walk to the springs.  Nowhere suitable to change, so bring a towel to sit on for the drive home.  The waters smell strongly of sulphur.


A picnic may be the best option as there is nowhere suitable to change out of wet bathing costumes which may smell of sulphur, so you may prefer to bring a towel to sit on for the drive straight home!