Montecatini Terme is close to the major Tuscan art cities and the two main regional airports.
The city owes its fame to the therapeutic spring waters, the buildings refinement and the architectural heritage around the SPAs.
Montecatini is a prestigious destination for those looking for regenerating holidays, quality hospitality and different entertaining opportunities, including sports, shopping and relaxation.
While the SPAs activities are the focus of Montecatini, nevetheless this city is the ideal base-camp to visit the Pistoia Province, one of the most interesting Tuscan and Italian areas.
Visiting the historic center of Pistoia is like traveling through time. The province capital is in fact an elegant and beautiful city.
Its Roman origin is immediately evident. Once in downtown, you enter an unexpected route full of churches, cloisters, palaces and artistic treasures.
Not far from Pistoia, Pescia, Padule di Fucecchio and Montalbano are other medieval towns worth a visit.
Follow the “Oil and Wine Road of Montalbano-Leonardo’s hills” itineraries. Here you can taste the typical local productions and, at the same time, visit the typical picturesque villages.
If you love winter sports, the Pistoiese mountain is a true paradise, with some of the most beautiful and equipped ski resorts, such as Abetone and Doganaccia.
Finally, don’t miss Collodi, the Pinocchio village. The town name became the pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini, the author of the “Adventures of Pinocchio”.
The Montecatini thermal springs owe their fame to their therapeutic waters.
Guests can enjoy them in beautiful SPAs immersed in wonderful parks: Tettuccio, Regina, Excelsior and Redi.
Montecatini SPAs are versatile, allowing a large number of treatments, with a personalized range of innovative solutions in the wellness field.
The Pistoia Province too, offers many further opportunities to enjoy your holidays at best.
Several itineraries bring you to less known towns, far from the most crowded tourist routes.
Here, you may be captured in traditional local feasts and popular events, some of them dating back to the Middle Age.
Pistoia is the venue of important musical festivals. The most important event is “Pistoia Blues”, one of the most well-known blues events in the world.
The Montecatini and the Pistoia cuisine is basically rustic and simple cuisine, made of genuine flavors.
The typical elements of the peasant tradition dominate: bread without salt (fresh, roasted or stale, it’s the basis of many dishes.
The most popular ones are cabbage soup or “ribollita”; “pappa al pomodoro”; black croutons; vegetables and legumes. All with an excellent, thick and fragrant Tuscan olive oil.
Meat-based dishes too are very popular: from those using valuable parts, such as Florentine-style steak and pork loin, to very poor dishes, even based on offal, to recipes with poultry and game.
These delicious dishes are served with excellent reds, whites and rosés, wines internationally known.
Montecatini and Pistoia province pastries are rather dry: from specialties based on chestnut flour, to fried pastries.
Fine wines for desserts, such as Vin Santo, are perfect for dry pastries.