Montecatini Alto

Perched on a Tuscan hill, Montecatini Alto gazes down upon its younger sibling, Montecatini Terme. This medieval gem, with its ancient walls and panoramic views, offers a tranquil escape from the bustling modern world below. Read more

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Montecatini Alto is the original Montecatini settlement, predating the more famous Montecatini Terme, which has since grown into a renowned spa town. The "Alto" in its name stands for "high", referencing its elevated position. The town is characterized by its medieval origins, evident in its stone-paved streets, quaint squares, and age-old structures. Its historic charm is complemented by the surrounding Tuscan landscape, providing visitors with breathtaking vistas of olive groves, vineyards, and the distant mountains. The town is not just a haven for history enthusiasts but also for those seeking a peaceful Italian retreat.
Montecatini Alto, with its blend of history and natural beauty, is a delightful detour from the typical Tuscan itinerary. As the sun sets, painting the town and its surroundings in a golden hue, one can't help but fall in love with this charming hilltop sanctuary.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Montecatini Alto

Piazza Giusti

The heart of Montecatini Alto, this square is surrounded by medieval buildings and is a hub of activity, filled with cafes and eateries.

Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower)

Dominating the town's skyline, this ancient tower offers a challenging climb with a rewarding panoramic view at the top.

Ropeway Montecatini - Montecatini Alto

Linking Montecatini Alto with Montecatini Terme below, this funicular offers a scenic journey and a historical means of transport between the two towns.

Church of St. Peter

A beautiful representation of Romanesque architecture, this church is adorned with frescoes and historical artwork.

Remains of the Ancient Walls

Sections of the original medieval walls still stand, providing a glimpse into Montecatini Alto's fortified past.

Palazzo del Podestà

This historic building once served as the residence of the town's rulers and now houses the local museum.

Borgo Medievale

A maze of narrow streets and alleys, this medieval neighborhood offers a journey back in time.

Panoramic Terraces

Scattered around the town, these terraces provide sweeping views of the Valdinievole below and the Tuscan countryside.

Cafes and Osterias

Experience authentic Tuscan cuisine at the various local cafes and osterias, where traditional dishes are served in centuries-old settings.

Local Festivals

Montecatini Alto hosts various festivals throughout the year, celebrating its culture, traditions, and local products, especially olive oil and wine.

What else to visit
In and around Montecatini Alto

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Lucca (23.7 km)

Lucca, the medieval jewel of Tuscany, captivates visitors with its well-preserved walls, narrow streets and rich history. It is a city full of art, culture and unforgettable gastronomic experiences.

Prato (26.24 km)

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Pisa (36.88 km)

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Florence (40.66 km)

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Forte Dei Marmi (50.15 km)

Nestled along the Tuscan coastline, Forte Dei Marmi is the epitome of Italian glamour and luxury. Its golden beaches, elegant villas, and upscale boutiques make it a favored retreat for celebrities and discerning travelers alike.

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