The spring waters of Terme Tettuccio have been coveted for their health benefits for generations. In fact, references stretch back as far as the Roman times. It was the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, who was responsible for turning the town of Montecatini Terme to the health resort and spa town that it is today. He ordered the building of several Terme: Bagno Regio (1773), Terme Leopoldine (1775) and, finally the beautifully encased Terme Tettuccio (1779), and also planned an efficient canalisation of the spring waters, and ordered the land reclamation of the marshy areas surrounding the town, in order to clean the air. Soon after – people flocked in their thousands.
A Visual Tour of Terme Tettuccio
The gardens are exceptional: peaceful, pretty and full of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. There’s a variety of sculptures and secondary buildings including a well and a small concert hall where we found a trio of musicians consisting of a pianist, violinist and bassist practising for an event in the evening. Much of this belongs to the same period as the outer gates of the Terme and were completed in 1929. Many of the sculptures, gargoyles etc., were created by the same Corrado Vigni that made the sculptures above the entrance.
Most visitors wander around the Terme Tettuccio in either one of the two daily water tasting session (in the mornings and afternoons) with a glass of water in hand. Montecatini’s springs originate 60 to 80 meters underground and are rich in minerals, reaching the surface completely pure. Their effect is purifying, rehabilitative, liberating and diuretic, though you’ll need to match the water to your specific needs. The waters are: Tettuccio, Regina, Leopoldina and Rinfresco. You can learn more about the water, its benefits and such here.
The Terme has a series of panels by the ceramist Basilio Cascella, each of which sits above a its own spring water inside the courtyard to signify: Childhood – Adolescence – Maturity – Old age – Beauty – The Source and Strength.