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Guide of Montecatini Terme, Italy

Author: JackiePix

Montecatini Terme, Italy

The therapeutic virtues of waters in Montecatini were recognized and appreciated as early as in the XIV century; in 1417 Doctor Ugolino Simoni, founder of the Italian hydrology, illustrated the therapeutic properties in a treatise.

The thermal complexes are a must while visiting Montecatini. Along with the beneficial properties of the water and mud-baths, the buildings in Montecatini are important and suggestive examples of the Art Nouveau style that characterizes the town.

Not to miss, for example, are the Terme Leopoldine, built during the second half of the 18th century, transformed and enlarged in 1926 by the Florentine architect Ugo Giovannozzi, also known for the reconstruction of other city establishments. Located next the Leopoldine is another modern establishment, "Grocco", equipped with thermal pools.

Following the Art Nouveau itinerary one finds the Tamerici spa surrounded by a large park with interiors decorated by Galileo Chini; the 19th century Terme Torretta enriched in 1904 by a suggestive portico in neo-Renaissance style, and the Excelsior. Built in the beginning of the 20th century, this last was enlarged and reconstructed toward the end of the 60's and today host the new "Centro Benessere" (health center) where along with the traditional cures (idropinica, mud-bath, balneoterapia, idromassaggi) one can enjoy the services offered by the beauty farm.

Among all of the thermal establishments, however, the Tettuccio Spa stands out representing an authentic symbol of Montecatini. This spa complex was built in the age of the Grand Dukes of Lorraine and reconstructed in 1925 by architect Giovanozzi who wanted to create a spa city immersed in green.

Created by the same Giovannozzi, the Terme Regina is found in the park that surrounds the establishment while the "Dino Scalabrino" Academy of art is located in the outskirts, hosting operas of art of Dalì, Mirò, Annigoni, Guttuso, Viani and many others. A stroll along the Viale Verdi boulevard and the adjacent streets reveals other gems of the Liberty style in the city: the portico of Caffé Gambrinus, the Cinema Excelsior, the Kursaal Complex and the Theatre Politeama.

The lodging facilities are excellent: 250 hotels, with total of 15.000 beds, dance halls, restaurants, elegant gardens and beautiful parks (500.000 sqm). Thermal Springs, well-being, art and architecture are not the only characteristic of the city.

Montecatini is also ideal for the organization of conventions and conferences, equipped with modern and efficient centers such as the Palazzo dei Congressi, the Vittoria and the multi-functional area of the Imperiale.

Numerous facilities dedicated to leisure time, such as the modern Teatro Verdi and the many sports grounds (tennis courts, pools, and the sport palace). A must is a stop at the Sesana racetrack and, in the city outskirts, the golf course.

Lastly, one should not miss a romantic jouney up to the medieval town Montecatini Alto, best on the 19th-century cable railway.

Contents and photos are courtesy of Archivio APT Montecatini Terme/Valdinievole


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