Northern Tuscany & Montecatini Holidays

North Tuscany is home to two of Italy’s most famous cities: Florence and Pisa. Here, art galleries, palazzos and Michelin-starred restaurants vie for your attention.

For something a little more laid-back, consider staying in a smaller city. Little Lucca comes ringed by Renaissance walls. Cycle or walk them for long-range views over both the city and Tuscan countryside.

Meanwhile, the thermal waters of Montecatini have been reeling in day trippers since Roman times. Explore the art nouveau Terme Tettuccio before hopping on the oldest funicular in the world. It takes you up to Montecatini Alto – a medieval village with spectacular views of North Tuscany.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Northern Tuscany.

  • from£679pp
  • 26 rooms
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The Hotel San Luca Palace is an elegant and stylish Renaissance hotel, centrally located in the medieval square of Lucca. The hotel can be found within the city walls, walking distance away from the main sites of Lucca, the shopping district and the train station.

 

  • from£609pp
  • 105 rooms
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The Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale is one of the most elegant hotels in Montecatini and is well known for its high standards of service and excellent food. The location's ideal and makes getting out and explore easy. Head to the nearby thermal spa or jump on a train to Florence, Lucca or Pisa. 

  • 130 rooms
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This elegant hotel enjoys a great location close to the heart of Montecatini with all its shops, bars and restaurants and the Tettucio Spa and gardens are also nearby.

  • 41 rooms
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The Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba is located within the medieval walls of Lucca, making it a perfect base for anyone wanting to explore this lovely, historic town.

  • from£632pp
  • 61 rooms
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Affiliated to the Leading Small Hotels of the World, the Bagni di Pisa is a sanctuary of luxury and well-being, in the Tuscan hills just outside Pisa. Relax in natural waters of the Levante Hot Springs, revel in the beautiful surroundings and the stunning art and architecture in this period building.

  • from£559pp
  • 96 rooms
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This is one of Montecatini's oldest hotels and it's perfect if you're looking for somewhere grand to stay in the centre of town. The hotel's style is traditional and you can see lots of original features in the lobby. There's a small pool and nice Tuscan restaurant. There's plenty to explore just a short walk from the hotel including the thermal spas and shops. The station is close by too.

  • from£629pp
  • 81 rooms
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This is a superior and charming hotel with stylish decor. It dates back to 1900 and offers excellent hospitality in quiet, elegant surroundings. Stay here to enjoy the pool and charming terrace or spend time in the wellness centre.

  • 48 rooms
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Surrounded by the greenery of the Tettuccio spa gardens, the Astoria enjoys a picturesque and peaceful setting close to the centre of Montecatini Terme

  • 30 rooms
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This small and friendly hotel is the sister to our popular Hotel Astoria and is located close to the thermal park.

Excursions

PRE-BOOKABLE Excursions for guests staying in Montecatini 

Sienna & San Gimignano (full day)

A guided tour of the medieval town of Siena which includes: the cathedral, music academy and the Accademia Chigiana. In the afternoon drive through the Chianti hills to explore San Gimignano, a town of towers dating back to the Etruscan period. Not suitable for people with limited mobility. 

Departs: Thursdays & Sun from 01 Apr - 31 Oct 

Price: from £74pp 

Pick up time: 9.00am / Drop off time: 7.00pm

Florence with the Uffizi Gallery (full day)

Visit the home town of the famous Medici family, wealthy patrons of the famous writers, artists, architects and sculptors who flocked to the city. Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael to name but a few, filling the churches palaces and streets with the world’s greatest Renaissance works. Our excellent guide will share all the secret stories and make the city come alive in front of your eyes. The walk will end by the famous Uffizi Gallery where you will be able to SKIP THE QUEUE (entrance fee payable locally).

Departs: Fridays from 01 Apr - 31 Oct 

Price: from £74pp

Pick up time: 9.00am / Drop off time: 5.30pm

Cinque Terre (full day)

Travelling by boat and/or train (weather permitting) around the Cinque Terre discover some of the most picturesque seaside villages in the Mediterranean. Starting at Riomaggiore or Manarola, and passing all five villages with their colourful houses stopping at: Vernazza and Monterosso where there is time for lunch and swimming. Not suitable for people with mobility issues

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 Apr - 31 Oct

Price: from £88pp

Pick up time: 7.30am / Drop off time: 7.00pm 

**Please note that the pick up and drop off point for all Montecatini excursions is the Tourist Information Office located in the centre of town and a max. 10 minutes walk from hotels. 

Resort Combination

There are endless combinations when it comes to multi-centre holidays in Italy. Here's a few suggestions to pair with your trip to the Northern Tuscany and Montecatini. 

Florence

Combine your trip to Northern Tuscany & Montecatini with a city break in the Renaissance city of Florence, to see the artistic and architectural masterpieces. With easy links by train you can be in Florence in just over an hour. 

Bologna

Pair with your Tuscan holiday with a few nights in Bologna, where you'll have ample opportunity to sample the delicious food, explore the famed portico and marvel over the red roofed city from its medieval towers. Travel by train from Montecatini and you'll be in Bologna in about two hours. 

For more ideas and help creating or booking your perfect multi-centre holiday please call us on 01483 79 11 11. 

 

Good to know

  • A trip on the funicular to Alto Montecatini is a must to view the scenery
  • It’s easy to travel by bus or train to visit to visit the nearby towns of Pistoia, Pisa & Lucca
  • Walk or cycle along Lucca's 16th Century walls and enjoy 4km of panoramic views over the city
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