Montecatini, the Capital of Tuscan Thermal Baths, is a wonderful destination for individuals seeking relaxation, shopping and culture. The atmosphere is always peaceful, our thoroughfares are lined with trees, and the sought-after boutiques and ice cream parlours are chic and never lose their shine.
There are a myriad of things to experience in Montecatini including its environs.
THE THERMAL BATHS
Vacation destination even during Roman times, Montecatini offers a selection of thermal centers that cannot be rivaled. Its acqua salso-solfato-alcalina (briny sulfate, alkaline water) is ideal for bathing and therapeutic mud treatments. Montecatini's thermal waters also are beneficial for the liver and intestines. There just is such an enormous number of advantageous benefits that these thermal waters offer. The oldest waters are the Terme Tettuccio that was constructed under the personal supervision of the Grand Duke Leopoldo and that still fascinates visitors especially with its marvelous salons decorated with valuable frescoes. More contemporary is the Terme Leopoldine that was recently renovated by the renowned Fuksas. Here you will find the hottest thermal waters in Montecatini. It is also important to note that the Terme Excelsior and the Terme Redi (fitted with a thermal water pool) are both famed for their curative and beauty treatments.
THE GIUSTI CAVERN
Just some minutes from the center of town, you will come across an exclusive thermal water complex. This attraction is comprised of a vast, open-air hot pool. There are hydromassage exhibits and an age-old thermal cave. The natural pool has an all-year-round temperature of 36°C.
Montecatini revolves around Corso Matteotti. Notable for its brand name boutiques, perfume shops, jewelry stores, antique shops and bedlinen and lingerie establishments, this “Fifth Avenue of Montecatini” offers shoppers a full-immersion shopping experience.
VIALE VERDI & TEATRO VERDI
Feast your eyes on the Liberty Style architecture strolling along Viale Verdi. You will find here the most beautiful historical buildings in the city. The Palazzina Regia, where the Grand Duke Leopoldo passed his summers, and the Municipio, erected in 1913, are just two examples of magnificent Italian architecture. The Teatro Verdi animates the city every year with a calender of exceptional events including concerts, live performances, ballets, theater opera and nation-wide television presentations.
MOCA (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORANEOUS ART)
For art enthusiasts, MOCA (Museo di Arte Contemporanea) was established in Montecatini in 2012, and is a must on your visit list. Four-hundred meters square of exhibition flooring, this museum is homed in the old Montecatini municipal post office. Among the permanent collection of artworks is the exceptional cloth painting, “Donna avvolta in un volo d’uccelli” of Joan Mirò that he painted for Montecatini in 1980. The revolutionary Cuban refugee living in Montecatini, Carlo Franqui, had invited Mirò to celebrate an event known as “Maggio-Mirò.”
The breathtaking panorama that can be enjoyed from Montecatini Alto is an invitation to romanticism, dreamland, and beauty. Lose yourself among the streets in the center, stop to window shop at the craftsmen's shops, or lick on an ice cream cone in front of the Valdinievole hills. You can reach Montecatini Alto by car, but there is also a cable car, constructed in 1898, and that is today the oldest in the world still functioning.
FIRENZE, PISA & LUCCA
Montecatini is the ideal starting point from which one might set out to visit the many cultural centers in Tuscany. Firenze (Florence), Pisa and Lucca are only some of the main attractions that can be comfortably reached by car or train and are within less than 40 minutes traveling time.