Terme Tettuccio Spa in Montecatini Terme

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    Picture Looking Out From the Entrance to Tettuccio Spa

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    Elegance and Liberty Architecture Surround you at Terme Tettuccio Terme Tettuccio Spa: The Entrance. James Martin

    Virtual Tour of the Famous Spa in Montecatini Terme

    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.

    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...MORE 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.

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    Picture of the Entrance Decoration on the Facade of Terme Tettuccio

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    Terme Tettuccio: Liberty Style Entrance and Statue. James Martin

    Looking up at the entrance of the spa, the Art Nouveau overhang and the classic statues bring together the best of Italy's past.

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    Picture of Tettuccio Spa

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    Here's the most famous place in Montecatini Terme to take the waters Terme Tettuccio picture: The entrance facade of the spa. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography

    The unassuming facade of the Terme Tettuccio belies the lavish treatment inside.

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    This is Just a Hallway to Terme Tettuccio

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    Terme Tettuccio picture: Entry hall into Tettuccio spa. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography
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    Marble altars to the four waters await your glass

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    Terme Tettuccio picture: Taking the waters, elegant and refined. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography
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    Painted Tiles Behind the Waters Called Regina

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    Terme Tettuccio picture: The elegance of tiles and water spigots. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography

    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.

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    Picture of the Reflecting Pool Fed by the Tettuccio Spring

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    Terme Tettuccio picture: Interior of the spa and pool. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography
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    Picture of the Frescoed Dome over the Band Stand at Terme Tettuccio

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    Terme Tettuccio picture: Dome over the band stand at Terme Tettuccio. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography
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    Picture of a Flower Calendar Outside Terme Tettuccio

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    The gardens of Terme Tettuccio, part of the spa relaxation treatment Terme Tettuccio picture: Calendar in flowers. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography

    How lavish are the spas of Montecatini Terme? This garden is redone daily to reflect the correct date.

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    Picture of the Rinfresco water source from Terme Tettuccio

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    Terme Tettuccio picture:Rinfresco, the lightest water, and tiles showing the taking of the water and the diuretic properties. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography

    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.

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    Picture of a Fountain on the grounds of Terme Tettuccio

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    Terme Tettuccio picture: The Heron and the Frog are symbols of the park in which the spas are located as they were native to the place. Montecatini Terme picture © Wanderer's Eye Travel Photography

    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.