Montecatini Terme: what to see, visit Montecatini Alto
What to see in Montecatini Terme, spas and history, what to visit in the medieval Montecatini Alto.
Travel Guide Montecatini Terme
Situated in Valdinievole in Pistoia, halfway between Lucca and Pistoia in Tuscany, Montecatini is an important spa thanks to the richness and peculiarity of the waters that flow from the sources of its historic spas, such as the roof, the Baths Leopoldine, Terme Regina, the Spa Tower, the Baths Tamarisk.
Furthermore, the town can count on a wide accommodation, which includes also the modern spas. During the Belle Epoque, Montecatini lived his glory years, hosted the celebrities of the time and became a famous meeting place.
Today, we can relive the atmosphere along Viale Verdi, named after Giuseppe Verdi who was one of the distinguished guests of the city, and holding out his eyes to the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture surrounding it.
What to visit in Montecatini Alto
A funicular dating back to 1898, with its two features cars, connects Montecatini Terme Montecatini high, the old medieval village that is located about 290 meters above sea level and extends over two hills in the midst of which stands the picturesque and welcoming place Giusti, where various dining places offer the opportunity to stop and appreciate the beauty of the place, surrounded by the ancient civic buildings, now privately owned.
In the square are the Tower of Ugolino, the Palace of Justice with the facade covered with coats of arms, the palace of the Podesta and Parlascio or lodges, which houses the Theatre of the Resurrected and on whose façade we can admire a decoration Liberty.
Over two hills that rise on either side of the square, are located respectively the Clock Tower and the Church of the Carmine, the Rock of the Old Castle and the Church of St. Peter with the Bell Tower.
The door Borgo, with the Church and the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria a Ripa, is the only remaining gate of the six that were part of the walls destroyed in 1554 by the soldiers of Cosimo I de ‘Medici.