Tuscany in the Spring
Wednesday 27 April 2022 (5 Days)
About Montecatini Terme
The largest and most famous of Tuscany’s spa towns, Montecatini Terme has been revered for its curative waters since at least the 16th century, when the first baths were built here. Two centuries later, neighborhood royalty began to take note after the opening of the town’s first grand spas, putting Montecatini Terme firmly on the aristocracy's radar. Beyond the array of fine spas featuring treatments old and new, today’s visitors come for the shopping, dining and sporting offerings, as well.
The thermal waters and the spas
Thermal waters are the treasure of Montecatini. You can both drink the water of the Terme di Montecatini or do spa treatments - from massages to mud baths, saunas to beauty treatments.
There are nine thermal centres immersed in the green of the extensive thermal park. In terms of architecture, the spas of Montecatini are a great example of open-air Art Nouveau that are not-to-be-missed.
Viale Verdi is also known as “Vialone dei Bagni”. Along the “Viale” you can see:
The “Palazzina Regia”, a sober building which was the summer residence of the Medici family.
The War Memorial in the Royal Park, opposite to the Town Hall: it is a fine work of Giuseppe Petroni.
The Town Hall is located on the right side of Viale Verdi: it was built between 1913 and 1919, in the place where there were the Grand-Ducal stables, to provide the city with a proper civic representative and appropriate to the size and role the city was taking.
The Padiglione dei Sali (Pavilion of salts) is at the entrance of the Verdi theatre; it was a former kiosk for the sale of salts in the early twentieth century, now home to several businesses.
In Montecatini Terme, fountains are true masterpieces, not only within the spas, but also along the streets and in the main squares.
Fountains welcome tourists, starting from the entrance of the spa town. The most important ones are the Fountain Mazzoni in the square in front of the railway station, the Guidotti Fountain in Piazza del Popolo and the Fountain of Shingu, which surrounds the two spas of Leopoldine and Tettuccio in Piazza Giusti at the end of the long Vialone dei Bagni. There is also the fountain made by Pol Bury, in the upper part of the thermal park.
Montecatini Alto and the funicular
Montecatini Alto is the village with medieval origins, situated on the top of the hill that dominates Montecatini Terme. It can be reached in 5 minutes by car or in 10 minutes with the funicular railway, which dates back to the end of the 1800s and is still intact and functional.
Here you can visit the church and convent of Santa Maria a Ripa, built in the Romanesque style of the 12th century; the Church of St. Peter the Apostle of the 11th century with its white marble baptismal font; and a series of important and famous frescoes. There is also a church built by the Carmelite Fathers, called the Saints James and Philip (and also known as the Church of the Carmine). Another is the church and convent of Santa Margherita and the chapel in the square, built into the Tavarnelli tower.
In addition to religious buildings, you can see the ruins of the ancient walls that defended Montecatini.
Places You Could Visit
We will arrange excursions to some of these for you
Old Village of Montecatini
Visit to a local Spa
And many more beautiful Tuscan Villages and Towns
Single Supplement: £60 or
£100 for double room, single occupancy
Day 1- Depart East Midlands for your flight to Pisa
Transfer to your hotel in Montecatinii Terme (approx. 40 minutes)
Day 2 – Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 3 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 4 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 5 - Free morning
After lunch depart for Pisa airport and your return flight back to East Midlands
Among the 4-star hotels in Montecatini, the Grand Hotel Tettuccio, located in front of the Thermal Park, awaits you for a holiday in the pursuit of well-being or for easily discovering Tuscany’s main towns.
The Grand Hotel Tettuccio is situated in the heart of Tuscany, on the prestigious Viale Verdi of Montecatini Terme.
The Tettuccio offers a panoramic view of the Tuscan hills, and is surrounded by a green thermal park, just a few minutes walk from the town centre.
If you are looking for tranquillity, wellness and relaxation, The Grand Hotel Tettuccio will be your peaceful oasis.
Enjoy Tuscan and International cuisine on the the splendid Cristal terrace, a conservatory in winter and completely open-air in summer. The terrace overlooks Viale Verdi. In the evenings you can savour a drink and listen to the lovely music from the piano bar.
The hotel has 74 rooms, equipped with modern and functional comforts, including Satellite TV.
Guest of the Grand Hotel Tettuccio are entitled to discounted treatments at the Thermal Centre Excelsior's wellness and beauty farm, set just in front of the hotel.
East Midlands – Pisa – East Midlands
Flight times: Outward 08h05 - 11h25
Return 15h05 - 16h25
Flights also available from Stansted
All times shown are in the local times applicable to that country
Flight supplements: no other flight options
All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.
1 x Small Cabin Bag (40x25x20cm)
See “Extras” for additional luggage with charges
Transfer Time: Approx. 25 mins
Bristol Flight Supplement £30pp
Priority Boarding £30 return
1 small wheelie case(55x40x20cm)
10kg Check-In Luggage £34 return
20kg Check-In Luggage £60 return
In addition to the above you also have included 1 small bag (40x25x20cm) to take on board and placed under the seat in front of you
Door 2 Door Transfers
These are currently only available from Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield areas
East Midlands Airport £75pp Return
Hotel Upgrades – see Accommodation
Room Upgrades – see Accommodation
All escorted by your Tour Manager
Cinque Terre: Approx. £40pp
Florence: Approx.: £35pp (includes a 2 hour walking tour with a local guide)
Lucca: Approx: £10pp
Bristol Airport Supplement: £30pp
Add-Ons – not available for all tours
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