Brief History of Montecatini Alto
Montecatini Alto, literally translated as Montecatini high, is as you may have guessed the town on the hill above Montecatini Terme. Montecatini Alto dates back to medieval times, long before Montecatini Terme came into existence. This little town was a fortress and held it’s own due to its strategic position, the land below being marshland meant that it was very difficult for this small town to be invaded.
Montecatini Alto at one time had a protective wall and in this wall 25 Portas, or doors. These doors were actually towers and some of these still remain today. Montecatini Alto, like Montecatini Terme has connections with the powerful Florentine Medici family, for history lovers this is a “must visit!”
Montecatini Alto is small but perfectly formed, if history is not your thing be sure to take the time to savour the views from one one the many viewing points. Then stop off in Piazza Giuseppe Giusti to enjoy local cuisine and browse some of the little boutique shops that sell hand crafted items, food and souvenirs.
How To Get To Montecatini Alto
Funicular – Funicolare di Montecatini
Perhaps the most fun way for children and adults alike to reach Montecatini Alto is to take the funicular or as the Italians say Funicolare di Montecatini. The funicular runs regularly but is seasonal. Please check the official Montecatini funicular website below for more information.
Walking To Montecatini Alto
It is very pleasant walk up to Montecatini Alto and there are a number of routes you can take. Depending on the pace on which you want to go you can reach the top in approximately 30-45 minutes.
Some of the paths are steep in places so if you have difficulty walking then perhaps it’s best to use the funicular. Follow the link below for some popular Montecatini Alto walking routes.
Montecatini Alto By Car
You can take your car up the mountain side but please be warned this is not for the faint hearted. The roads are narrow and parking at the top is not easily found.