|Comune di Montecatini Terme|
|Frazioni||Montecatini Alto, Nievole, Vico|
|• Mayor||Giuseppe Bellandi|
|• Total||17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)|
|Elevation||29 m (95 ft)|
(30 November 2016)
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||St. Barbara|
|Saint day||4 December|
Montecatini Terme is an Italian municipality (comune) of c. 20,000 inhabitants in the province of Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italy. It is the most important center in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries related to the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.
Montecatini Castello, corresponding to the modern Montecatini Alto, grew in the Middle Ages on a hill commanding a marshy area. A spa already existed in the village, being mentioned in 1340 document. In 1315 it was the site of the Battle of Montecatini. In 1339 the area was conquered by the Republic of Florence. Cosimo de' Medici built here a bridge to cross the marshes, but also had the castle dismantled.
Christian Dior died in a hotel at Montecatini.
Giuseppe Verdi also lived for over 10 years in the city, benefiting of the local thermal center.
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