Thinking of traveling with some friends to Italy and actually found a Spa trip that looks interesting. It is based in Montecatini. I have never been there...so anyone traveled there? What about other suggestions for possible hot springs, spas, etc.? Thanks...
There are so many in Italy. Here are some, and it's not even a complete list. http://www.termeitalia.info/terme.htm
Roberto... hoping you would see this. Have you been to this particular town? There is a tour to this town with some side trips that a few friends are thinking about, so I thought I might consider it (even though I dislike most tours, I think this will be laid back, since it's a spa tour) Thanks for the info.
I've been to Montecatini so many times I can't even remember how many. It's a very popular Sunday getaway for Florentines, only half hour away. It's a very pretty town, very clean and well kept with lots of public gardens, grand hotels, restaurants, cafes'. It caters to a more "mature" customer base, who are in need of spa treatments (lots of retired people, in other words). It's indeed very relaxing, you can go to the ancient Tettuccio spa and relax like the Grand Duke of Tuscany used to do. There is also a funicular that takes you up to the top of the hill (Montecatini Alto). I used to enjoy that when I was a little boy (I imagine it's still there).
Oh... so if I go there does it mean I am admitting I am part of the 'mature aka old crowd?' I am suddenly picturing in my mind that movie Cocoon:)) So, where do the glamorous people go??? Actually it sounds like a nice place for friends to hang out for a week or so. Also a few day trips to CT, Lucca, San G, and since we are photographers we are usually easily amused with some great scenery and good wine.
I recently spent 4 nights in Montecatini Terme. We stayed at a hotel on the main square, not far from the train station so easy access to Lucca and Florence. The hotels are quite reasonable. Not a sleepy town by any means, the square was full of folks having fun until late in the evening. I am looking forward to a return visit.
I have been to Montecatni Termi and enjoyed the location. Our hotel was across the street from the spa. It looks like a hotel and the treatment rooms are leased by various therapist specializing in different treatments. We took day trips to several cities including the ones mentioned by another poster as well as Pisa and Florence. There is also a nice little street
market down the street from the spa.
You can't go to Montecatini before renting the 1987 movie "Dark Eyes" with Marcello Mastroianni. A 19th century love story mostly set at the Montecatini Spa. Good movie. It got several nominations that year. I'm sure Netflix has it. See a scene here:
Thanks all... it sounds like Montecatini is calling me. Dark Eyes is not available for streaming from Netflix, so maybe I will just have to buy it and have a movie night here. Looks like a good one.