Located in the very heart of Tuscany, the town has been making the most of their natural thermal springs for centuries.
As with all of Italy, so much art, history and culture is contained in such a small area and exploring produces great rewards.
Montecatini sits in the Valdinievole Valley and has been offering relaxation and inspiration to countless visitors, including artists and musicians for a very long time. Among the most notable composers to spend time at Montecatini Terme is Giuseppe Verdi.
It is said that he was invigorated and inspired by his stays at the spa town and composed the third act of ‘Othello’ during his visits.
Italian Spa Towns Have a Rich History
The spa towns of Tuscany have seen their ups and downs. Toward the end of the 19th century, there was a revival as artists, musicians, and the middle class were drawn to new spa treatments and the health fads of the time.
Montecatini rapidly developed its diverse style with illustrious hotels and casinos along with Bohemian bars and cafes favored by artists, writers, scientists, and actors. The grand avenues of Montecatini Terme are lined with historic mansions. Many ornate and splendid Terme buildings flavored with Art Nouveau architecture and formal gardens.
Montecatini’s Focus on Health, Well-Being, and Fun!
After enjoying a treatment at one of the nine Termes (hot springs), which includes drinking of the famous waters, there is still plenty to do! The town focuses on health and well-being and this presents many opportunities for sport and exercise during your stay. There are several facilities in town and they are open to the general public.
There are numerous opportunities to hike, horseback ride, play golf or tennis, as well as swim in luxurious pools which provide a wonderful atmosphere to relax in for the better part of the day!
At night, especially in summer, there are always occasions to hear live music. This town provides only the best, highly-talented artists. Of course, food is also a focus of any self-respecting Italian town, so stroll through Montecatini Terme to find magnificent cafes, romantic hideaways, modern bistros, and colorful gelato shops.
Don’t miss the view from above the town. Montecatini Alto, the oldest part, sits high up on the hill with a commanding view of the Valdinievole Valley. It is a short walk up the hill but it is worth the time to take the tiny cable car railway with its breathtaking 10 minute ascent. Since 1898, the two little red wagons, affectionately named Gigio and Gigia, have climbed the steep grade to the old heart of town.
Montecatini Terme is a popular Italian tourist destination and is now being discovered by the rest of the world. Traveling can be taxing and a stop at this famous Terme can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as you experience the eloquent art and yore of the Tuscany region.
Enjoy this glorious city on the 12-day Treasures of Italy Tour!