Oh, the wonders of taking the cure, and that cure is found in the mineral laden waters of the famous crown jewel of Montecatini Terme, the Terme Tettuccio.
Modeled in the style of an elaborate Roman bath, this early 20th century marvel stands watch over the most famous springs of Tuscany. For a mere 6 euro or so, you can step into its portico and be wisked back to the grand aura of days gone by. And if the spirit moves you (or the Italian doc has written a prescription for you), the waters can be ingested for whatever gastric, respiratory, or skin affliction ails you.
Just up the hill by either a healthy walk or a ride on the oldest funicular in operation lies the historic town of Montecatini Alto, the mother of Montecatini Terme.
An often fought over hilltop fortress, Montecatini Alto is now more a retired dame who looks over all the goings-on at her feet as a result of the healing waters -- waters that also brought life and purpose to what might have become another forgotten hilltop town in Tuscany.
I've just uploaded my recent full blog on Terme Tettuccio and Montecatini Alto on the European Institute of Cultural Routes website, our main sponsor for the recent Thermal Spa Towns and Via Francigena bloggers tour . I hope you'll take a look and enjoy a bit more on the history and affairs found in these two delightful gems of northern Tuscany.
Paula A. Reynolds
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