"Delightful Spa Town and Hill Vilage" Top 5 Page for this destination Montecatini Terme by nicolaitan

Montecatini Terme Travel Guide: 69 reviews and 138 photos

This summer resort lies mid-way between Lucca and Florence, on the main rail line and also on the autostrada. It lies at the foot of the Pistoian mountains and has been a major spa since the 14th Century. Visitors have included everyone from Giuseppe Verdi to Princess Grace, with Clark Gable, Orson Welles, Douglas Fairbanks, and loads of other European royalty in between. The alleged healing properties of the thermal waters here were first made famous in a treatise by one Dr. Ugolino Simoni in 1417 and the town's fortune was made. There are nine active sources for the healing waters in town, each belle-epoque and grander than the next.

The saline-sulphate-alkaline waters are taken predominantly for gastorintestinal and biliary disorders ranging from constipation to hepatitis to lipid metabolic disorders and the offered modalities range from mud packs to inhalation therapy to hydromassage. The water from each spa is different depending on the source and the salinity and up to four are usually taken as combination therapy.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    A nice looking village up on the hill! As for the spa, if it was good enough for Giuseppe Verdi then I expect it would be good enough for me.

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    my daughter (VT:vondutch) is in Montecatini at the moment, seems a very nice town.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2007 at 5:43 AM

    ah - this is stunning - maybe i will get here in November - something about them perched up there

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2006 at 2:19 PM

    I'm with Kymba on the shopping :o) We're considering staying here on our Italy trip, your tips make it seem very charming indeed! ~ Helen

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2006 at 8:05 PM

    shopping? at a discount? I'm there!

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2006 at 12:09 AM

    Hmmm....I think I will have to get off the train next time and check this place out!


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