The Sunday Traveler visited Italy in 2002; a home base for one lovely week was Montecatini Terme, a small town known for its spas and thermal spring waters. In medieval times this area was swampland until the Medici family began to recuperate the lands known for spawning epidemics of malaria. The actual town in the hills above that was habitable is Montecatini Alto, and one way to get there is by funicular. One can also go up by car, or by hiking up. The Sunday Traveler, being a very wise woman, decided upon the funicular method of ascent. The views going up were pretty phenomenal.
Once arriving up top, the main square provided a wonderful choice of restaurants and cafes.
Memory evades me on what I might have eaten, but it is very certain I ate well, of that I can be sure, I was in Italy! And needing sustenance to hike around those lovely ancient cobblestone streets. Ah, but where memory might evade, photos provide a bit of a clue that the Sunday Traveler had a glass of vino and a meal with my travel friends
It was those streets that put a spell on me, and wandering around this little town was incredible
A day thoroughly enjoyed in this charming old town that was too soon over and it was time to take the funicular back down to Montecatini Terme
Until next week.