Terme Tettuccio is a famous spa in Montecatini Terme, a spa town between Lucca and Florence in the Pistoia province of Tuscany. Tettuccio refers to a small roof built in antiquity that was found over the spring that feeds Tettuccio spa.
As in those old black and white movies featuring spas in Europe, Terme Tettuccio is where you take the waters, meaning the spa healing experience starts with drinking different waters from four springs, all with different chemical compositions. From there the therapy is about relaxing, music, and for women, shopping (shopping causes anxiety in men, so I'm warning you, stay away!)
In our pictures you'll see the lavish Liberty architecture Montecatini Terme is noted for. It's the Italian version of Art Nouveau with some variation.
Picture Looking Out From the Entrance to Tettuccio Spa
A visit to the spa is surprisingly affordable, and there is generally live music being played in the bandstand.
You the tourist can get a day pass and enjoy the spa, the waters, the writing room, walking trails, and shops--the way most tourists use the spa--or you can see a doctor and get a regimen to cure what ails you.
For detailed instructions of what a treatment is like, see How to take the waters at Terme Tettuccio Spa in Montecatini Terme.
Italy's answer to Art Nouveau, Liberty architecture is what the Thermal spas grew up with when they turned lavish at the turn of the 20th century.
Picture of the Entrance Decoration on the Facade of Terme Tettuccio
Looking up at the entrance of the spa, the Art Nouveau overhang and the classic statues bring together the best of Italy's past.
Picture of Tettuccio Spa
The unassuming facade of the Terme Tettuccio belies the lavish treatment inside.
Painted Tiles Behind the Waters Called Regina
Regina waters are said to "restore a regular bile flow from the liver to the bowels and are useful in the case of hepatic and bladder disorders."
Is art healthy? Well, in this case health seems quite arty.
Picture of a Flower Calendar Outside Terme Tettuccio
How lavish are the spas of Montecatini Terme? This garden is redone daily to reflect the correct date.
Picture of the Rinfresco water source from Terme Tettuccio
Rinfresco is the lightest of the waters. "Its diuretic waters favor the processes of waste elimination through the urinary system."
Don't worry about those diuretic properties, there are over 500 toilets at Terme Tettuccio.
Picture of a Fountain on the grounds of Terme Tettuccio
The fountain recalls the earlier days of the park on which the spas sit--once the area around the springs were the domain of herons and frogs.