The Spas and Well Being
The spas at Montecatini are one of the major spas in Europe.
The great doctor Ugolino da Montecatini, in his review of the most important spas in Italy (‘Tractatus de Balneis’ 1417) was the first to describe the tested properties of bathing-mud therapy and hydroponic effects of the waters at the Montecatini spas.
On the very slopes of Montecatini there is a great abundance of salty water (…) There are three baths, the first of which is the most ancient (…) in this bath anyone who is tormented by joint pain enters (…) There is then a third bath (…) called the new bath, in which there is a large production of water (…) This salty water is drunk and its praises are not few (…) it loosens the belly admirably (…) and frees the kidneys of occlusions.
The Montecatini spas were governed for a long while by the Medici dynasty, after which in 1773 the Great Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena, future Emperor of Austria, initiated the construction of the modern spa establishments and outlined a city plan on the Hapsburg model. This ‘spa city’ was called Bagni di Montecatini.
Finally, between the end of the 1800s and the first decades of the 1900s, Montecatini Terme took on the look of an international ‘spa town’ and ‘garden city’, which characterizes it even today.
Together with the various health experiences, the visitor can enjoy modern and innovative practices for wellness in one of the most acclaimed European centres of well-being: the Excelsior Spa.
Modern medico-scientific research into the Montecatini Spas and the present-day thermal therapies have integrated rehabilitative and preventive cures offered by the Montecatini waters. This combines with pleasant surroundings on a human scale and the psychological benefits of enjoying exquisite hospitality in the hotels, and the many opportunities for artistic, sporting and cultural recreation in Montecatini Terme, and its historic centre in Montecatini Alto and its surroundings.
Well-being of the body and the spirit are integrated in a therapy that makes for a total psycho-somatic well-being, which nowadays one feels more and more in need of.
The spas at Montecatini however concern themselves with not only health and well-being, but also the beauty of the body, spirit and eyes; of the body because one takes care of oneself, of the spirit because there are daily experiences of music and entertainment, and the eyes because in the spa buildings (Tettuccio, Regina, Leopoldine, Excelsior, Tamerici, Redi, Salute) art is married to the spa experience.
The miraculous properties of the waters (Regina, Tettucio, Leopoldina, Rinfresco) of the Montecatini spas have been scientifically validated and are therefore recognized by the national healthcare system for their curative value. Anyone who wants even a brief experience, without a medical excuse, can visit and taste the magic salty water in architectural settings of great delight and beauty.
In addition, at Monsummano Terme there is the beautiful thermal swimming pool of Grotta Giusti which offers a pleasant experience amongst the Tuscan hills.
The Montecatini spas have in fact renovated some swimming pools at Terme Redi and are awaiting the completion of a large complex of pools designed by world-renowned architect Massimiliano Fuksas at the Leopoldine spa. It will be one of the largest spa water parks in Italy, an area of about 3,000 square meters entirely devoted to thermal waters and their beneficial effects, intended not only to cure the body, but also from the point of view of pleasure.