Montecatini Holidays

Montecatini holidays are a great base for visiting the gems of northern Tuscany

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.

It's not far from 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, Lucca comes ringed by Renaissance walls. Cycle or walk them for long-range views over both the city and Tuscan countryside.

What to see on a Montecatini holiday

Montecatini is a great town to explore - we love the thermal spas here and you can't beat a leisurely lunch in the pretty piazza. The train station makes it easy to explore further afield too. Head for the cities including Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca for a culture-filled day out. You can even go a bit further afield to the Tuscan Coast and grab some seafood by the beach.

Why book a holiday in Montecatini with Inghams?

We've been working with our hotels in Montecatini for years so you can be sure you'll be well taken care of. All our hotels are centrally located too, making them a great base for your Tuscany holiday. With Inghams, your holiday is always in safe hands.

  • from£489pp
  • 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. 

  • from£442pp
  • 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.

  • from£519pp
  • 81 rooms
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The Grand Hotel Vittoria is within walking distance of Montecatini's best sights, and the train station for trips further afield. There's an air of luxury here thanks to the historic building and excellent quality throughout - make sure you stay for dinner for some great local food.

Excursions

Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Sienna & San Gimignano from £79 per person (full day)

Take a guided tour of Siena and visit the cathedral and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. In the afternoon, drive through the Chianti hills to explore San Gimignano and try some of the region's best wines.

Departs: Thursdays and Sundays

Florence with the Uffizi Gallery from £79 per person (full day)

Visit the home town of the Medici family. Look out for works by incredible Renaissance artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael as you explore Florence on a walking tour with our local guide. You'll have an introduction to the Uffizi Gallery too, where you can discover more great works of art.

Departs: Fridays. Skip the line Uffizi entrance fees (approx. €20) are payable locally. 

Cinque Terre from £102 per person (full day)

Discover some of the most picturesque seaside villages in the Mediterranean. You'll see the UNESCO protected coastline from the water on a boat trip. Explore the colourful fishing villages of Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso and have free time for shopping or even a swim. Don't forget your camera!

Departs: Tuesdays and Saturdays. Discounts available for guests aged 65+

Chianti Wine & Vinci from £61 per person (half day)

Visit a family-run wine estate for a guided wine tasting with the experts. Try the best Chianti wines accompanied by tasty Tuscan snacks like bruschetta and extra-virgin olive oil. After, you’ll have time to explore the medieval village of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.

Departs: Mondays

Cooking Class in a Tuscan Farmhouse from £79 per person

Cook up a storm! Learn how to make home-made Italian style pasta like ravioli or gnocchi and discover the secret to the perfect tiramisu. You’ll then enjoy the food you’ve prepared accompanied by a glass of Tuscan wine.

Departs: Wednesdays and Fridays

Olive Oil Tasting in Montecatini Alto £35 per person (half day)

Take a special guided tour of an olive oil farm to learn how the delicious extra-virgin olive oil is produced. Explore the 200-year-old olive groves on the terraces above Montecatini and enjoy fantastic views over the spa town while you ty the finest quality olive oil accompanied by Tuscan cheese and other local products.

Departs: Wednesdays and Thursdays

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. The excursions are not suitable for guests with limited mobility. They’re available to pre book between May and mid-September.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Head for Via Verde in Montecatini's centre for plenty of shops and restaurants to explore. It's the town's main street and if you keep following it, you'll end up at the famous thermal spas. Book in for a treatment and spend time in the healing waters. The funicular railway is another must-do - it's over 100 year's old and will take you up to Montecatini Alto for some incredible views over Tuscany's countryside. 

We recommend getting out of the town too - lots of Tuscany's best towns are close by. Fill your days with trips to Florence, Siena and Pisa. Don't forget the lesser-known places too. You can escape the crowds in little towns like Fosdinovo and Collodi.

Food & drink

Tuscany is famous for its food and wine so you can be sure of trying some amazing food while you're here. Our favourite dishes are bistecca alla fiorentina and panzanella. Head out into the vineyards for a spot of wine tasting. Italy's most famous wines are produced here and it's very special being able to sip them while gazing out over the vines.

Activities

While it's easy to get around by train to some of the major cities and towns, you can't beat putting on your hiking boots and heading out into the hills. There's plenty of trails in and around the town with fantastic countryside views. It's a very hilly region so you need to be reasonably fit, but the rewards are more than worth the effort.

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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