Montecatini - UNESCO acknowledges the Great Spas of Europe

These spas are located in eleven cities in seven different European countries: from Austria to Belgium, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. They are among the most important spas in the old continent and have earned the UNESCO seal as "The Great Spa Towns of Europe". 

Bath, in England, whose spas were discovered by the ancient Romans, or Spa in Belgium are joined by Montecatini, a town founded around springs with natural mineral waters. It expanded in the early XVIII century thanks to Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo da Lorena who engaged experts in hydraulics to arrange the springs and began the construction of the Bagno Regio, the Terme Leopoldine and the Tettuccio. As a witness to European spa culture, it enjoyed its maximum splendour until the 1930s. It was precisely in this period that the magnificent Liberty and neo-Gothic buildings were developed to frame the Parco Termale (Spa Park).

Terme Tettuccio, Montecatini Terme
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Montecatini itself is dotted with parks and green spaces where visitors can enjoy a relaxing and culturally rich atmosphere. The majestic Terme Tettuccio complex, built between 1779 and 1781, with its monumental structures in travertine recalls models of Roman baths combining eclectic and neo-Renaissance styles. 

Beauty around the corner

Giardini Termali, Montecatini Terme
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In addition to the value and medicinal properties of its waters, Montecatini also boasts a strategic position in the heart of Tuscany: Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Volterra are within easy reach - as well as San Gimignano and the beaches of Viareggio. This means you can treat yourself to a holiday in the cradle of the Renaissance combining well-being, culture and landscapes of the soul.

The taste of well-being

Valdinievole Olive Oil Road
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The valley where Montecatini Terme is located, set among villages and castles, has three impressive "wine and food" routes: the Valdinievole Olive Oil Road, the Montalbano Wine and Olive Oil Road, close to the mountain area of the same name, and the Wine Road of the Lucca Hills. Three taste itineraries to complement the well-being experience of the spa circuit

Two Montecatini in just one destination

Montecatini Alto
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If you are staying at Montecatini Terme, an excursion to Montecatini Alto is also very worthwhile. In addition to offering a breath-taking view of the Tuscan hills, it welcomes visitors with the oldest Tuscan traditions: peace, good food and fine wines. Here you can admire the Rocca and the Torre del Mastio. The central Piazzetta Giusti has remains of the Mediaeval Palazzo Podestà with the Loggia del Parlascio. 

Torre del Carmine, Montecatini Alto - Photo by: Muzhik / Shutterstock.com
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The Torre del Carmine (or clock tower) is also admirable - one of the six remaining towers of the twenty-five existing in Mediaeval times before their destruction by the troops of Cosimo de Medici.

Cable railway
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You can also reach Montecatini Alto from Montecatini Terme by the characteristic and panoramic cable railway on board the romantic red Gigio and Gigia trains.

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