The entrance to Terme Tettuccio. The wrought iron gates and embellishments, along with the glass were created by Berti of Pistoia

Terme De Montecatini: Terme Tettuccio

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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 entrance to Terme Tettuccio. The wrought iron gates and embellishments, along with the glass were created by Berti of Pistoia. The statues are the work of Corrado Vigni.

The wrought iron gates and embellishments, along with the glass were created by Berti of Pistoia. The statues are the work of Corrado Vigni.

The colonnade in Montecatini Terme Tettuccio

The colonnade

The colonnade

Another part of the colonnade in Terme Tettuccio

Another part of the colonnade in Terme Tettuccio

The cafe seats in the colonnade

One of the portions of stained glass on the roof of the Terme .

A stained glass window on the roof of the Terme.

The clock by Guido Calori. The two bronze statues on either side of the clock symbolise Trade and Abundance.

The clock by Guido Calori. The two bronze statues on either side of the clock symbolise Trade and Abundance.

One of the coffered ceilings inside the main courtyard

One of the coffered ceilings inside the main courtyard

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.

View to the gardens

Inside The gardens

An intriguing Boar or hog sculpture.

A sculpture of a boar

A large Well in the gardens

A large Well in the gardens

fountain of heron and frog by raffaele romanelli

The Heron and Frog fountain by Raffaele Romanelli

Heron and frog fountain by Raffaele Romanelli (close)

The Heron and frog fountain by Raffaele Romanelli

A glass of spa water. Montecatini-Terme

A glass of the spa water.

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.

La-Forza - The Strength

La Forza: The Strength

La-Fonte - the Source

La Fonte: The Source

La-Bellezza - Beauty

La Bellezza: The Beauty

L'adolescenza - Adolescence

L’adolescenza: The Adolescence

La Vecchiaia - Old Age

La Vecchiaia: Old Age

La Matvrita - Maturity

La Matvrita: Maturity

L'infanzia - Childhood

L’infanzia – Childhood

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Nick is a writer and photographer, who, after working for years in the fashion and creative industries as an editor and writer, gave up the office life to travel long term and write about it. He started Europe Is Our Playground to showcase unique experiences in Europe through story driven narratives & candid photography.

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