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Montecatini Terme is a city in Tuscany.

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Get in

You can arrive to Montecatini Terme by

  • Car (A11 highway) Coordinates: 43°52′58″N, 10°46′16″E
  • Train (a train every ½ hour stops in the 2 train stations) or
  • Bus (Lazzi connects with Firenze, Lucca, Pistoia...).

Get around

Walking is the best solution, considering that the touristic part of the town is 1,5 Km (=0,62 miles) wide.

See

Tuscany has many thermal spas. The largest and most famous of them is Montecatini Terme.

Montecatini Terme is a beautiful town that was built around its mineral water springs. The spring water is considered to help people with trouble with the stomach or liver. Healthy people can enjoy the old time grandeur of the town, stroll in the park or enjoy spa treatments in the various hotels.

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The most famous spa in town is the Tettuccio Terme located on the main street of Montecatini Terme - Viale Verdi, next to the park. on the same street you can find the municipality building and the tourist information center.

The Tettuccio Terme was built in the late 18th century by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold of Habsburg - Lorraine, the son of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. The first three spas that were built were the Tettuccio, the Regina and Leopoldine. These three spas made Montecatini Terme famous all over Europe, and a favorite place for the rich and the royalty.

These days the spa treatments have advanced and they include many modern methods of massage, mud pack treatments and hydrotherapy.

Famous visitors to Montecatini Terme include, but are not limited to - Puccini who composed parts of La Boheme here, and Verdi.

Do

  • Go to a spa: Tettuccio to admire the liberty architecture or Excelsior to have a treatment (mud, termal-water massages, beauty and relax).
  • Take the funicular (1898 cablecar) to Montecatini Alto. The historic part of the town offers a spectacular view and a tipical square full of inviting restaurants..
  • Listen to a classic-music concert of the "Estate Regina" festival.

Buy

  • Montecatini Terme and it's shops attracts many visitors coming just to have a walk in the commecial streets of the town-centre (Corso Matteotti, Corso Roma, Viale Verdi, Viale 4 Novembre...). It's easy to stand in front of the many boutique's windows in a daze.
  • Cialde in a can. A typical bisquit that preserve freshness for long time: perfect for a gift!
  • Souvenirs can be found in the Grocco Market or in Montecatini Alto (upper town).

Eat

A must is to taste the "Cialde" the Montecatini Terme bisquit made with just almonds and sugar into two thin wafers.

Here are some typical and popular dishes of the Valdinievole area

  • First courses:

Farro soup, Pappa al Pomodoro, Ribollita, Farinata, Maccheroni sull'Anatra Muta, Pasta e Fagioli, Pasta e Ceci.

  • Second courses:

Trippa, Fegatelli nel Lardo, Baccalà alla Livornese, Cioncia, Tordi sott' olio. Side dish: Fagioli all'Uccelletto.

  • Desserts: Castagnaccio, Necci con ricotta, Brigidini, Buccellato, Cantuccini, Befanotti Glassati

Drink

Vin Santo: sweet wine, the one drunk by the priest during the Mass.

Enjoy a cocktail or an aperitif in a best locations with music: at the "bar storico" in the Tettuccio spa or in the Gambrinus open gallery. Refresh in the Montecatini Alto square after a walk to the "rocca" fortress or along the walls.

Sleep

  • Hotel Mediterraneo ***, Via P. Baragiola, 1 - Ph. +39 0572-71321 - Fax + 39 0572 71323 [1]. Ample & comfortable rooms overlook the greenery of the thermal park. The friendly staff serve a exquisite typical cuisine and, with the owners, contibute to built an ideal family-atmosphere.
  • Grand Hotel Tettuccio, Viale Giuseppe Verdi 74 - 51016, Tel. +39.0572.78051, Fax +39.0572.75711. [2]. In downtown Montecatini Terme, facing viale Giuseppe Verdi and right in front of the Parco termale (Thermal Park).
  • Hotel Tuscany Inn, Via Cividale 86/E, 50016, Tel. +39 0572 70302, Fax +39 0572 912648. [3]. With a minimal and contemporary design, is one of the most noted and well known 4 star hotels in Montecatini Terme.
  • Residence Charme Hotel, Via S. Michele, 4 - Ph. +39 0572-78951 - Fax + 39 0574 597606 [4]. At half an hour from Florence, Montecatini Terme is the city famous throughout Italy and Europe for its beneficial waters and splendid Art Nouveau spas and home to the Residence Hotel Charme, delightful vacation apartments with all the comfort and services you need for either pleasure or business.

Get out

Nearby art-cities are easily reachable by bus or train but if you like the quiet medioeval towns and villas around Montecatini Terme, the only solution is by car. Few travel agencies organize day trips. Consider them if you are without (rented) car and want to visit San Gimignano (many changes by public transport).

  • Grotto of Monsummano - A lime cave with hot rooms and a steaming lake that are considered to cure people who enter it. "Grotta Giusti" also provide a big outdoor thermal swimming-pool and other spa-treatments.




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