Montecatini Terme is a lovely town located between Florence and Lucca, in Tuscany, and it is internationally well known for its thermal baths.
It was built around its mineral water springs. The spring water is considered to help people with trouble with the stomach or liver.
The most famous spa in town is the Tettuccio Terme, built in the late 18th century by the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The first three spas that were built made Montecatini Terme famous all over Europe, and a favorite place for the rich and the royalty.
These days the spa treatments have advanced and they include many modern methods of massage, mud pack treatments and hydrotherapy.
Healthy people can enjoy the old time grandeur of the town, stroll in the park or enjoy spa treatments in the various hotels.
A cable car built in 1898 was conceived as a fast direct mechanical connection between the ancient medieval village and the growing Spa town, hotels and commerce. The two little trains, pulled by a single steel cable, carried important people, like Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian composer, who enjoyed the enchanting view of the valley.
At a short driving distance from Montecatini Terme you can visit delightful "off the beaten path" medieval villages, like Montecarlo di Lucca, which is renowned for its wine, Monsummano, which offers a 18- hole golf course and the Roman town of Lucca, with the best preserved city wall in Europe, dating back to the 17th century.