The spring waters of Terme Tettuccio have been coveted for their many health benefits for generations. In fact, references stretch back as far as the Roman times – but today – we’re going to look, not at the waters of the Terme of Tuscany’s great spa town – but at the inspiring protector that was made for the towns most valued spring. Terme Tettuccio.
It’s the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo,who is 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.
Visual Tour of Terme Tettuccio
The wrought iron gates and embellishments of the entrance were added in the 1920’s. These, along with the glass were created by Berti of Pistoia. The four statues above the door (see above image for a better look) were made from Carrara marble – they represent the Source, Medicine, Hygiene and Health, and are the work of Corrado Vigni.
The beautiful colonnade runs through the central part of the Terme as well as along the entrance and was created by Ugo Giovannozzi.
The below clock was created by Guido Calori. The two bronze statues on either side of the clock symbolise Trade and Abundance.
I found the gardens to be exceptional – peaceful, pretty and full of interesting little things 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 was completed in 1929. Many of the sculptures, gargoyles etc., were created by the same Corrado Vigni that made the sculptures above the entrance.
The ceramist Basilio Cascella created the below panels – each of which sits above a certain spring water inside the courtyard to signify Childhood – Adolescence – Maturity – Old age – Beauty – The Source and Strength.
Of course if you’re wandering around the Terme Tettuccio then you’ll undoubtedly want to try some of this magical water that this inspiring structure was built to house and protect. It’s a salty affair – so if you’re not really in need of the benefits and you don’t like salt then it’s probably best left alone.
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.
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