Montecatini Terme, in the province of Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italyis known for its spa.
Near the end of the 1800's Montecatini Terme became an international center for the "Belle Epoque" and was visited by artists, musicians & composers and the "rich & famous" from all over.The area was well known even during the Roman times for its special waters.
Once owned by the Medici family, the land was transformed from marshlands into a spa with naturally warm, and some even claimed “healing”, waters that seep through the Earth's crust.
The Healing Waters
The water is noted as a rememdy for the liver and the digestive system. In addition the mineral water cure is appropriate for a “wide range of liver disturbances, difficulties with liver, stomach, intestines and kidneys.” With up to 10 historical structures, you can tour the architecture of Montecatini admiring stately spas in a contemporary style.
The Terme Tettuccio building is perhaps one of the most famous, if not the most photographed thermal spa in Montecatini. It is beautiful and we spent a few hours there. You will be fascinated with all the pools all labels with what the water will address.
Built between 1779-81, the establishment was restructured in 1928 and is characterized an impressive garden with Lebanon cedars, palms, sequoias, acacias, laurels, wisteria, pine trees, lime trees and adorned by colonnades, grandstands, exedras, fountains and large flower beds bordered by box hedges. There are colored glass panels which illuminate the front entrance and the bronze pool.
Salone Portoghesi with in the Terme was designed and built between 1987 and 1989 by the Roman architect Paolo Portoghesi, from which it takes its name, is an interesting and beautiful interpretation of the Art Nouveau style that has given so much in aesthetic appeal to Montecatini at the beginning of the twentieth century.