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Montecatini Terme ‒ The most famous Italian spa town

History of Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is the most famous Italian spa town. It is located in Tuscany, in the province of Pistoia. The town was founded by Archduke Leopold I of Tuscany (Pietro Leopoldo), who began to use the therapeutic springs in the late 18th Century, which led to the development of the town as a new spa destination.

The town and the spa industry saw its greatest boom in the early 20th Century, when Montecatini Terme experienced the period of its greatest prosperity. Most of the spa buildings, hotels, villas, and private homes were built in this period.

Montecatini Terme is characterised by its elegant colonnades, thanks to which it also known as the “Italian Carlsbad”.

The town today

Thanks to its location in the heart of Tuscany, the uniqueness of the UNESCO world-class spa, its history and accessibility, purchasing an apartment in Montecatini Terme can be considered an excellent investment.

Weather

Like Tuscany as a whole, Montecatini Terme has very pleasant weather year-round.

Town surroundings

Montecatini Terme is located in the province of Pistoia, in the Tuscany Region. Tuscany is divided into 10 provinces, covering an area of 22,990 km2 and has approximately 3.7 million inhabitants

Important Tuscan cities

Florence
Distance to Florence from Montecatini Terme: 50 km by car

The main tourist draw in Tuscany, which attracts visitors with its history. In the past, Florence was a very rich city, largely thanks to the Medici family. Florence experienced its great.est fame during the Renaissance. You will find an incredible concentration of Renaissance monuments in Florence, including works by Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo Buonarroti. Florence has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982

Pisa
Distance to Pisa from Montecatini Terme: 54 km by car

The second most frequently visited city in Tuscany is Pisa. This city does not have as many sights as Florence, but it has one of the most famous buildings in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Siena
Distance to Siena from Montecatini Terme: 115 km by car

Siena is another historic city full of monuments with an unforgettable charm, which is why it was included on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 1995.

Lucca
Distance to Lucca from Montecatini Terme: 33 km by car

A historic city founded by the Etruscans as early as 180 BC. The city has many valuable historic monuments, such as the Piazza Anfiteatro or the city walls.

Pistoia
Distance to Pistoia from Montecatini Terme: 33 km by car

The capital of the province of Pistoia, with about 100,000 inhabitants. Pistoia is famous for its historical monuments and viticulture.

Other interesting locations

Vinci
Distance to Vinci from Montecatini Terme: 20 km by car

A small town where Leonardo da Vinci spent his childhood.

Forte dei Marmi
Distance to Forte dei Marmi from Montecatini Terme: 62 km by car

A renowned seaside resort, one of the most popular and most beautiful on the Tyrrhenian coast. Forte del Marmi is a popular destination for VIPs and celebrities.

Viareggio
Distance to Viareggio from Montecatini Terme: 55 km by car

A city known as a summer holiday destination, thanks to its long sandy beaches.

Wine region

Chianti

A wine region between Florence and Siena, famous for its excellent wine and beautiful landscapes that you won’t find anywhere else.

Montepulciano

Famous wine-producing town and home of the red Nobile wine.

Montalcino

The birthplace of renowned Brunello di Montalcino, one of the world’s top wines in its category.

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