Montecatini Terme remains hugely popular today, it's pretty
tree-lined avenues, parks, historic architecture and spa baths
rewarding to explore on foot, whilst a spectacular funicular
railway ascends the hill to the equally delightful and historic
Montecatini Alto above.
Standing at an altitude of three hundred metres and reached by a
funicular railway from the spa town of Montecatini Terme, the
medieval town of Montecatini Alto dominates the hill from which it
takes its name, treating visitors to spectacular panoramic views of
the surrounding Tuscany countryside.
This strategic location has bestowed Montecatini Alto with a
history steeped in conflict and bloodshed, destruction and
rebuilding, peace and prosperity. As such the town has a rich
legacy of architecture which dates back to the eleventh century, by
which time two fortresses and a defensive wall stretching two
kilometres around the hillside were already in place.