Montecatini Terme Travel Guide

  • Montecatini Terme
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  • View of the Tettuccio terme entrance
    View of the Tettuccio terme entrance
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  • Things to Do
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Montecatini Terme Things to Do

  • Spa Elegance

    The town has a population of 20,000, but with 230 hotels, it accomodates 2,000,000 tourists a year. It is a town founded in BCE, but had not reached fame until the spas were developed in latre 1300's for the first time. They expanded in 1540. It had been a part of Lucca control, but the Sienese took over for a while. That led Medici's of Florence...

  • Map of Town layout

    This shows the areas where you can view and park. It is packed inside the main area, and parking is scarce.

  • Shop

    The main shopping avenue is Viale Chipadale, and the viale G. Verde holds the municipal building and other great structures from the 1920's. The architecture is called Liberty period. The buildings have a lot of elegance and depicts the period of high society coming to the town to enjoy the spas and luxury. The shopping has all the specialties one...

  • Terme Alto

    The town grew up around the alto; 299 meters high on a hill. The lower town was developed in 1905 and called BAgni Montecatini, later named changed to today. It was to draw people to the spas in the new drained valley called VAldinievole. It eventually became the main municipality. The Alto is preserved in some areas yet, but the walls and gates...

  • Just walk and make acquaintance with...

    It is beautiful and comfy city what is deserve to explore. You take some time and walk by streets or go to shopping. The shops were open till there was clients. Lots of shops were closing the dors at 11 PM or even 12 PM. We don't saw the closing times on the dors of shops... but maybe we was just forgetfully ;)

  • Termeland: a park for children

    There is a sort of lunapark for children in Montecatini. It's called Thermeland and you can get your children and spend some hours heere makeing them play around. There are several and different games that can be used from children to every age.In this place they organize also birthday so you can rent the space and buy the coins for the games: i...

  • Medieval town on the hill

    Really close to Montecatini Terme there is the town of Montecatini Alto. This sweet little medieval town has lots of interesting shops and give you a beautiful panoramic view of Montecatini Terme and of all the Valdinievole area. It's an amazing place where to spend some hours during your trip in Tuscany.You can reach Montecatini Alto by car (or...

  • Swimming Pools/Restaurant bars

    There are at least two great places here for people. Lavilla resort (open 2 months aug 07). Great high quality design, athmosphere and lots of fun. Restaurant and Bar has a good menu with nice inexpensive food. Not your local municipal pool at all! open from 10am -7pm, costs 10 euro to get in and has loungers included. Via del Poggetto 42. Pieve a...

  • Terme Tettuccio

    This spa, located in Montecatini Terme, is Art Nouveau in style, and well worth visiting.Just walking through the grounds stimulates the senses.We actually attended an open air evening concert at this spa, so I am not familiar with the daytime functions. But, we were free to enter and walk through the entire area.

  • Funiculare

    The Funiculare is an old fashioned cable car that transports you from Montecatini Terme up to a lovely Medieval town, Montecatini Alto.The vistas are spectacular. I do believe that the cost was 7.5 Euros. It takes approximately 14 minutes for the round trip. But, once at the top, you really must walk around the town and enjoy the beauty.My...

  • Going to the thermes

    Thermes are very known in montecatini.You can go directly to the various place here in town(like Tettuccio,Excelsior,Regina,Torretta)or you can go to Monsummano Terme where there is "grotta giusti"(It takes the name from the poet Giusti).In most of hotels u can have beauty and relaxing tratment,or some conventions with thermes places.So if u just...

  • The Funicular

    As Montecatini Alto is on a very high hill it will be a good idea to ride the Funiculare. The ride takes about eight minutes and there's a trip every half hour. The fee is 5 Euros for a Return Ticket and 3 Euros for a One Way Ticket. The two trains were first used in 1898 and as there's only one track they meet half way up/down the hill.


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Montecatini Terme Restaurants

  • Posto Delizioso e staff gentilissimo.!

    Siamo stati ieri sera a cena in terrazza io ed i miei amici, abbiamo mangiato il tonno al pepe (che devo dire e' veramente fantastico) i wurstell di branzino originali e presentati divinamente, e il salmone alla piastra unico nel suo genere. I dolci sono curatissimi e ottimi. Personale gentile e parla inglese russo italiano francese e tedesco. Piu...

  • Che dire... SPLENDIDO!

    Che dire... SPLENDIDO!Location perfetta, bellissima, fine... atmosfera stupenda!Il cibo... SUPERBO !!! In vita mia posso dire di aver mangiato pochissime volte così bene... spero di tornare quanto prima... ci ho lasciato il cuore e il palato!!!!

  • Probably the best restaurant in...

    A great central location and the best place to eat whilst in Montecatini. Went there myself 4 times during a 7 day stay in the area and was never disappointed and also managed to eat something different everytime. Polite, friendly service and genuinely great food. A must visit. Spaghetti carbonara

  • Different kind of Pizza

    Le Maschere is an ancient theatre in the main medieval square of Montecatini Alto and just for this reason you'd go and visit it.More then this it's a very good restaurant were is served not the ordinary pizza but the "focaccia" (similar to the pizza but withouth tomato). On the focaccia they put mushorooms or steak. It's very very particular but...

  • Napoli's restaurant

    All the people that working in this restaurant are from Napoli, so they decided to use really "napoletana" way of cooking. That means that every dish is really full of food, and the pizza is different from the other pizzas you can find in Tuscany. Here they ask if you want the pizza "tall" or "slim". The tall one is the napoli's way of pizza, and...

  • don't miss

    While in Montecatini Terme, we would never have discoverd such a gourmet paradise if we had not asked for suggestion to the owner of a wine shop. He told us that most of restaurants in Montecatini Terme are not local, because the follow food trends and offer what tourists are used to ask all over the world. So we follow his suggestion and drove...

  • Very good seafood

    The restaurant is in a very good and panoramic place, so the best thing is to go there during the summer when you can eat outside and you can have a beautiful view on the "val di nievole". The service is good, firendly and there are sommelier also for your choice of wines (last time i got a "Traminer" of the north of Italy that was really great)....

  • A friendly and not expensive place

    The restaurant doesn't seem anything special from the outside(during winter),but the cooking is really good.During summer there is a big big terrace where you can eat outside.It's very romantic and great to breath during the hot summer.You can eat Tuscany food but also Italian,and the wines are not so well known but they are good.The owner choose...

  • Great Pizza

    They have so many kind of pizzas and also general Italian foods. Waiter knows English. Also they have English menu for meals. Service is good. Not so expensive at all. There are so many seats and a garden. Pizza capricciosa, pizza napoli, pizza funghi. Florence style meats are also great


Montecatini Terme Nightlife

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    by Alex_71 Written Sep 15, 2006

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    La cascina is a pub and a restaurant.During summer u can have a drink in the garden,with live music:during winter the live music is not so loud so it doesn't disturb.There is a special room for smokers that is's big enough and you don't feel like a strange person that smoke.
    As restaurant it's good,it has different things that u don't find in every place:so not just tuscany way of cooking but also sperimental things like pig with honey(believe's good)
    As pub it'll cost a little bit more then restaurant it'll cost more then a little bit(except for pizza that is at cheap price).It has a very good wine list but expensive

    Dress Code: You can com dress as you wish bu it's better if you are a little formal

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Montecatini Terme Transportation

  • Montecatini to Florence or to Lucca

    Montecatini is exactly inthe middle between Florence and Lucca. You need 40 mins by train from the main station to reach Florence and the same time for reach Lucca. There are lots of train during the day but expecially early in the morning they are full of students that go to school in Pistoia or Pescia. Anyway train is very quick way to reach...

  • Using trains

    Trains are the most useful transportation for Montecatini. If you wanna go to Pisa or Florence by train it takes about 1 and half hour. You can buy your tickets from offices or the machines at stations. Tickets are valid for Toscana region. To Firenze or Pisa it's the best to buy regional (50km) ticket. It costs 3.30 Euro (one way trip).If you want...

  • To Firenze By Train

    If you are staying in Montecatini and you want to go Firenze, you have to take the train. Trains are good enough. Seats were comfortable but there was no fresh air while we were going to Firenze early in the morning.It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes from Montecatini Centro to Firenze Stazione. The last stop is only 20 minutes away from Duomo or Piazza...


Montecatini Terme Shopping

  • Fashion clothes

    Well in Montecatini there are lots of shops that sell "important" clothes. Expecially in the downtown there are several shops selling Kelvin Kline, Armani, Valentino and so on. There are also some shoes shops (for the happyness of women). But pay attention 'couse Montecatini is an expensive place where lots of tourist come so for sure you can't buy...

  • Upscale Shopping Galore

    As one might expect in an upscale spa town with innumerable hotels, shopping includes literally all the major names associated with larger cities. While the stores tend to be smaller with lesser collections, prices are often significantly lower than in neighboring Florence and many residents of that city do come here to shop because of the easy...

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Montecatini Terme Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking Issue

    Watch where you park, and make sure the colored spaces are the right ones. Contrary to some other towns, blue marking is for the locals, and white is for others. They have meter maids going around a great deal to issue tickets. I got one. It costs 35 eruo, and then you need to find a place to pay for it. The poste does take the money. Keep a...

  • lines only

    Well Montecatini it's supposed to be a therme's town and so it'd be very friendly with tourists, but from a while there is a society that has taken the administration of all the parking area. You have to pay attention. You can park just in the areas with the blue lines (the areas with yellow lines are for resident only), or into the areas with...

  • Hotel Panoramic inside theft

    Our group was subject to a theft in this hotel.Thehotel staff insisted that the patrons did not lock their doors. However, the thefts occurred in locked rooms.There was a way for someone to stand on a ledge outside the window, and that person could easily lift the window for entry. Several rooms were victimized.The thieves grabbed purses,and...


Montecatini Terme Favorites

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    One of the parks

    by Karahan Written Sep 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Certainly main attractions about Montecatini is to see and experience their thermal waters. But there are also green parks and gardens with plenty of flowers too. You can run or rest there especially in the morning and in the evening. Besides they're very good for your children and pets. Healthy life and fresh air are waiting for you...

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    • Family Travel
    • Spa and Resort
    • Theme Park Trips

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