Montecatini Alto, a beautiful medieval mountain village in Tuscany

Moltecatini Alto is a beautiful village in the province of Pistoia, on top of a hill and part of the town of Montecatini Terme located below in the valley. The village can be reached on foot or by cable tram. The village is located at an altitude of 300 meters and once you reach the top you have a beautiful view over the town of Montecatini Terme.

Montecatini Alto, the beautiful medieval village on the hill!

If you decide to spend your holiday in beautiful Italy, namely in the beautiful region of Tuscany, a visit to the beautiful village of Montecatini Alto is something that should definitely be on your to-do list.
This beautiful village is located on a hill at an altitude of 260 meters, belongs to the municipality of Montecatini Terme, and owes its name to a castle that could be found on top of that hill.


From Montecatini Terme you can take the cable tram (funicolare) to the beautiful hilltop village, or for the sporty ones among us you can also take a walk up. This is best done with good walking shoes because the walking path is not flat and has some loose stones here and there, but it is definitely worth walking. Along the path you will come across a kind of chapel here and there with an image of Jesus’ crusade.
If you decide to take the funicolare, a return ticket (Andata e Ritorno) costs 7 euros (price in 2017). If you decide to go there or back by foot, a single ticket (Andata) costs 4 euros. Wooden benches have been placed in the funicolare, but you will of course have the best view if you stand at the front or back of the cable tram and let the wind blow through your hair. This feeling provides a pleasant cooling effect when the temperature reaches 30 degrees or even exceeds that on a nice day.

The sights

Once you reach the top of the hill you have a beautiful view of Montecatini Terme. And there are plenty of sights in the village that are worth seeing, including the beautiful sixteenth-century monastery of Santa Maria a Ripa, which is under the management of Benedictinarum nuns, and San Pietro Apostolo (this is a parish church) and the Torre del Carmine o dell Orologio (the Tower of the Watch).

Piazza Giuseppe Giusti

Once you have seen all this and you have had a nice walk through the village, it is nice to relax on a terrace on the Piazza Giuseppe Giusti. There are plenty to choose from and where you can have a snack and a drink until late in the evening, but keep an eye on your time because the last cable tram returns to beautiful Montecatini Terme at midnight in high season back. Before you enter the village, check what time the funicolare actually leaves. It would be annoying if, due to certain circumstances, the cable tram returns earlier and you would have to make your journey down on foot, with or without a nice drink.


All in all, Montecatini Alto is definitely worth a visit during your holiday. You won’t regret it! But as mentioned earlier, before walking through the village, you should first consult the sign stating the departure times. It would be a shame if you had to either walk down or spend the night in the village. The latter would not be a punishment, because during the walk through the picturesque village you will come across a number of very nice Bed and Breakfasts.