Montecatini is a very nice Medieval Village in central Tuscany, few kilometers away from the ancient Etruscan city of Volterra which we consider our leader city.
The Village is very well preserved, with many interesting monuments like the Mine Museum (https://www.museodelleminieremontecatini.it), the San Biagio Church, the old cemetery (Camposanto vecchio) and the old town hall.
The position of Montecatini is strategic if you want to visit many Tuscan Beautiful spots, from the Coast to the renaissance towns like Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano and many more. But also to stay and enjoy the local beauty, with the uncommon privilege of a large area around without ugly factories, highways or big concrete buildings.
The area is puzzled with very small Stone villages surrounded by woods, clay hills and farmland, mainly vineyards, olive Groves and cereals.
Shops and Restaurants
In Montecatini you can find few shops with all the essentials. They are gathered in the main square: there is the Central Bar, perfect for breakfast, light lunches and ‘aperitivo’. The two groceries offer a rich selection of local products and different kinds of bread and ‘schiacciata’, they also have everything you need to cook in your kitchen.
There is a dress shop which recalls people from all over Tuscany for the low prices and the possibility to find high quality clothes.
Always in the square there is a pharmacy and a bank with ATM and a tobacconist that also sells cleaning products and similar staff.
In Montecatini there are two very good restaurants, “La Terrazza sul Borgo” and “Il Buglione”: the prices are low, the food is good.
Outside Montecatini In the same Price range (20-40) we suggest “L’Osteria dell’Ultimo Carbonaio” in Montegemoli (20 Minutes drive, delicious) and “Don Beta” in Volterra (very long menu, many tables on four levels). For a good, cheap lunch in Volterra there’s the micro-pizza shop “Da Nanni”.
On the Beach, good but cheap we wormly suggest Altaduna, our best choice as a Beach resort.
For a higher Price Level we suggest “Il Mocajo” in Casino di Terra (20 mins drive, strange place for a restaurant, astonishing experience), ”Enoteca del Duca” (beautiful place, super chef, super owners) and on the coast “La Pineta” in Bibbona, mainly fish, on the beach, it’s famous in the world.
The List could be a book, so if you want to know more, ask us.
1)The best wine tasting in our strict area is in Querceto, a beautiful castle town in our municipality owned by the same family (Ginori Lisci) for more than one thousend years. https://www.castelloginoridiquerceto.it/en
They produce very good wines. Booking not required in summer, ask us if you want a complete tour. Fabiola and Lucio in the Wine shop are good friends
2)Very welcoming and special for the Vinsanto (but also the wines) is Castelvecchio, Half an our drive north: https://agricastelvecchio.com
3)In the Cecina direction (to the coast) we suggest “La Regola”, super red wines and good whites, very modern style, professional style.
4)Bolgheri is famous worldwide for it’s wines, if you go there you’ll find Wine tastings in every corner. The place is beautiful, the shops, ice creams and restaurants chic-expensive-nice. Bolgheri is close to Beautiful beaches and the thermal Town of Venturina, so it can be part of a nice day-tour.
In Volterra there is a good truffle hunting tradition and the main truffle shop organizes a nice truffle Hunting experience. Write to email@example.com or call 348 7121883 to book your experience.
The Truffle capital in Tuscany is San Miniato, they have the best white truffle in central Italy. San Miniato is only one hour away and to have your experience you can contact Massimo Cucchiara at +39 3479030371, he offers many different options with lunch, without lunch and many others.
Around Montecatini it’s full of woods and beautiful countryside. This is a place of hunters, mushroom hunters, herbs and wild asparagi seekers.
If you like trekking two ring pathways start and arrive in the main square, they are only three kilometers each, but very nice: for the maps look on https://maps.valdicecinaoutdoor.it. On the same site you’ll find bigger tracks either for trekking and for biking-mountain biking mostly in the geothermic area around Pomarance.
In summer we always suggest a wolk to “Masso delle Fanciulle”, a place where the Cecina River forms large pools of clear water where you’ll be able to Bath surrounded by the Berignone forest. Just write on google maps “Masso delle Fanciulle” and you’ll find the way.
The closest beach to Montecatini is in Cecina, at 30 minutes drive. Here you have about 2 kilometers of private beaches where you find umbrellas, sunbeds and several restaurants, some incredibly good, we can recommend the best. Southern there is a long free beach with a big pine forest behind. Parking is generally easy to find.
Then there is Bibbona, also here you can find free private beaches, among them we always suggest Altaduna.
Driving North of Cecina, after the ‘white sand beach’ (which we don’t recommend) the beach becomes rocky. It is spectacular and characterized by delicious little villages as Castiglioncello and Quercianella, perched between pine trees and stones.
Going up to Livorno you will admire kilometers of wonderful coast, peculiar for its red color.
Montecatini is the perfect place for cyclists both on road and off road. And for the lazy ones in Volterra it is possible to rent e-bikes at Becuzzi’s who also has a good selection of Vespas.
If you like to swim, in the municipality there is a big swimming pool recently restored open every day during summer time.
In Montecatini you can find a synthetic grass tennis court, in Ponteginori two in red clay.