Art Nouveau in Montecatini Terme
Spring water in Montecatini Terme surfaces from almost one hundred meters deep. Over time, it has nourished – with man’s supervision and creativity – a colorful palette of Art Nouveau wonders: the thermal spa resorts (Terme Leopoldine, Excelsior, Tamerici, Tettuccio, Regina, Redi…) that for centuries have regaled tired bodies with a few hours of relaxation. They are refuges of art and water for the soul.
One of the most ancient and renown is the Terme Tettuccio resort. Known since the 1300s, it is named after the projecting roof that shelters the spring (‘tettuccio’ in Italian means “small roof”).
Commissioned by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo in the end of the 18th century, it was restored in the beginning of the 1900s by the Florentine architect Ugo Giovannozzi, who in his work cited ancient Roman baths amongst the greenery of cedar trees, pine trees, lindens, sequoias and wisteria, embraced by a triumph of fountains, exedras, galleries and columns.
And above all a dark granite seashell, sustained by bronze sea creatures. Spring water flows into a small pool, with a green parapet adorned by a seahorse pattern…
Here water and beauty filter through and rule together.