6 – Museums Sport Nature

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Museums, Sport and Nature

If you want to discover museums, sport or the outdoors can a good starting point is Montecatini Terme and the SmArt Hotel Bartolini.

Montecatini Terme is, in fact, the ideal place to dedicate time to your health, body, and sports without worrying about time or the hurry of daily life.

From tennis to golf, on the beautiful golf course at Golf Montecatini La Pievaccia, from jogging in the spa parks to the various trekking expeditions along Tuscan paths, from a relaxing cycle ride on the flat to a challenge in the hills and mountains, all of this is possible.

Montecatini Terme is a famous city for sport, a centre for exhibitions and championships. It hosted the World Cycling Championship 2013, and is the site for training and competition for both professional and amateur teams in various sports; everything is here for athletes and their companions.

Montecatini, the Valdinievole and the hills around Pistoia have always been the crossroads for pilgrims, merchants, travelers going to Florence or Bologna, Rome or France, the centre of Italy or the German-speaking countries.


Today, walking, cycling, horse-back riding along green paths allows you to see this land in a pleasantly slow and healthy way.

In Valdinievole the Valeriana hikes in the hills of the Pesciatina take you through scenic medieval hill-top villages as far as the hills of Monsummano Alto; then the country of Leonardo Da Vinci along the ridge of Montalbano, routes along the river of Pescia and finally, the unique setting of the plains of the Oasi Naturale del Padule di Fucecchio (The Natural Oasis of the Fucecchio Marshes) are an opportunity for anyone who wants to discover Nature. The countryside here is varied and each season has its own colours, smells and tastes.

The hills of Pistoia, reachable from Pistoia or Marliana, Montecatini Terme or Massa e Cozzile, offers a variety of sports and gastronomic opportunites, with medieval villages and museums, all included in the tourist network called Ecomuseo. Immersed in the green of spring and summer and the white of winter snow, the Tuscan mountains, with the famous ski resort of Abetone, is just one hour away.

A healthy spirit means a healthy mind.

For this reason it is possible to visit the Valdinievole discovering many small museums and minor works of art and culture that are intriguing and unique.

The museum network of the Valdinievole connects the sites of the region in a thematic itinerary that allows a variety of views of the region.

Recently, MoCA, the Montecatini Contemporary Art gallery was inaugurated in the old Post Office of the City Hall. MoCA hosts paintings of great value, starting with Joan Mirò’s ‘Woman wrapped in a flight of birds’ and Petro Annigoni’s ‘Life’.

There are countless possibilities for visits around the Valdinievole, Montecatini and the Pistoia area and the guests at the SmArt Hotel Bartolini will be helped in choosing museums, sports facilities and countryside spots by our professional team.

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