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Montecatini is a small town belonging to the province of Pistoia. It has very ancient origins, because there are traces that date back to the Paleolithic period. It is geographically composed of two zones, the downstream and the upstream. Certainly known for its thermal springs, which have created tourism linked to the spas. Of these vu is a trace already in the Middle Ages, because it was found a letter dated 1340, where it is advised how to cure the use of these healing waters. In ancient times, the most populated areas were hilly areas, mainly because they were wet areas at that time and therefore unhealthy. But there were also reasons related to the territory itself, often a battlefield, because the city of Montecatini was controversial between Lucca, Pisa and Florence. One of these battles, perhaps the most famous, is the Battle of Montecatini, where many people died, especially because of the swampy and malaria-infested territory. Dante Alighieri has also taken part in this important fight.

The presence of the nearby city of Florence saw the involvement in the vicissitudes of Montecatini of the famous Medici family, which did not bring much benefit to the city. Cosimo de Medici ordered the construction of a dam bridge to cross the muddy waters of the swamps. Although initially brought about an economic improvement in the city, he instead caused damage to Valdinievole’s inhabitants. The Dei Medici family used the city for a long time, gaining economic benefits on rentals, but also on fishing. When the family of the Dei Medici family died in 1737, the city passed under the power of the Habsburg Lorraine. Also under their dominion the problem of swampy and unhealthy soils did not have a positive solution because of the methods employed to solve these problems, obviously too old.

The city of Montecatini saw a rebirth when Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany arrived. Known for its innovations in the economic, health and scientific fields, it was the only one in all these centuries to solve the problem of the marshy area, breaking down the Ponds and the Ponte Cappiano closures, from where the foundation of the city began modern spa. Montecatini is also famous for the last stay of Giuseppe Verdi. During the 1920s the spas were restored, hence the visit of Mussolini, who went to check how the state’s money had been spent. Since the 1950s, the city has become a reference point for important characters, both politics and entertainment.

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