Taking centre stage is Terme Tettuccio. This regal-looking, marble pavilion is the most popular spa in town, and offers four sources of spring water. A day pass will let you drink the soothing waters, then relax in the sauna, wander around the centuries-old grounds, and admire the fading frescoes and Art Nouveau touches.
Almost as sought after as the spas is Montecatini’s signature dessert – waffles Montecatini. A simple recipe using eggs, sugar and almonds, this highly prized, wafer-thin pastry is even more indulgent with a fruit, chocolate or cream topping. And don’t forget a side of strong espresso.
Views, glorious views
Montecatini is fortunate enough to have its ancient hillside funicular in working order. Hop on the old-fashioned lift up the hill to Montecatini Alto – a pocket-sized village boasting pretty streets and eye-popping panoramas in equal measure.