Having flown into Pisa airport from the UK we opted to use the bus to Pisa railway station. This has a stop 50 yards outside the airport as you exit on the left. Tickets to Montecatini, however, have to be purchased inside the airport but on the right hand side as you leave the baggage hall and do remember when boarding the bus to punch them in the machine by the driver.Consider buying return tickets from the airport to Montecatini.
Once at Pisa Centrale station, punch your outward ticket using one of the wall-mounted machines. Information on trains is sparse though announcements are made in English as well as Italian just as the train is arriving. Nearly all trains to Montecatini require one change, - at Lucca for the more direct one or at a station in Florence. Finding the right platform, via the subway and lifts, can be frustrating but the locals are helpful if you ask "Lucca?". Do exit the train in Montecatini at the Terme station NOT at Montecatini Monsummato which is out of the way.
Now to the hotel slightly uphill about a mile away and best reached by station taxi (10 euros).
Its plus points:
Elenor is very helpful at reception: the waiters, Mark and Pasquale, are great.
Meals are of a very high standard; a wide choice at both breakfast and dinner. Wines are
mostly local and reasonably priced; Mark is very knowledgeable.
The bedroom (but see below) was nicely decorated and kept spotlessly clean as was the
It's in a quiet situation with a garden and outdoor pool. There's also a well-furnished and
comfortable hall to sit in.
Its prices are very reasonable.
A big advantage of staying in Montecatini is its proximity to interesting places served by bus, train and local tours. The lady in the local Information Office, who speaks excellent English, can provide maps and advice. It's only 5 minutes walk away.
Close by is a huge park with a few, still operating, thermal baths. Do visit the Tettucio Spa
there for a coffee and see the beautiful decor-but not until after 11 am when the
admission price drops to 6 Euros!
A return trip up to Montecatini Alto by a Funiculare built in 1896 is a must, to see the views,
churches and interesting old buildings. Stand outside the front or back of the wooden coach for a thrilling 12-minute ride.
Frequent trains serve Lucca, Florence and Pisa from Therme station. Train timetables are available on Google. Note that taxis are expensive.
See the comments on the en-suite bathroom. There are no others.