A demanding architectural project, more than two years of work, a culture of hospitality that has its roots in the past but is projected into the future and, finally, the intention to bring something completely new to Montecatini Terme: these are the main ingredients of Belvedere Palace, the new hotel, spa & city retreat that opened its doors on June 21 in the City of Waters. Where was the hotel of the same name, on the street leading to the spectacular Tettuccio spa, there is a deeply renovated structure: in the forms, in the concept, in the philosophy of hospitality, in the rituals dedicated to guests , in the tailor-made proposals of your spa, in the spaces and in the team. At the head of the new team are Simone Galligani, an entrepreneur from Montecatini Terme who comes from a historical family of hoteliers, and the director Chiaralberta Valentini, who has been part of the Belvedere SpA group for ten years. The project was curated by architect Giancarlo Galassi. .
“We wanted to give life to a completely redesigned product: authentic care of the guest, hospitality studied in detail, health and well-being in the first place, food understood as an experience of the territory, and then culture, ecology, art, movement. . In my opinion, Palazzo BelVedere is so much more than a luxury hotel, ”he says Simone Galligani.
The interior spaces. Less is more
At a historic moment in which space and time are the new luxury, Palazzo BelVedere is ahead of its time with a project that, since its inception, has been designed to give air, in every sense, to guests: starting with the rooms, which go from 93 from the original structure to the current 60. The offer is divided into comfort rooms, junior suites, studio suites and three apartments designed for long stays: the interior design with sober lines makes them unique and essential, inspired by the colors and materials of the Tuscan land. . The natural fabrics of local crafts are flanked by iconic objects such as the Pipistrello lamp designed by Gae Aulenti, the Scapular Chair by architect Giovanni Michelucci or unique pieces from Riccardo Barthel’s famous Florentine creative workshop. The end result is light-flooded environments, surprisingly cozy, familiar and relaxing.
The outdoor spaces. Circularity and green
The sobriety of the most intimate spaces of the Palazzo BelVedere is, at the same time, in harmonious dialogue with the exterior structure: the hotel opens to the world, emphasizing continuity with Montecatini Terme, thanks to the spectacular entrance dominated by a waterfall of water. . The common spaces once again recall the taste for beauty and the essential, but it is the outdoor spaces that embody the essentiality of the project. Starting with the Circular Garden, the perfect place for running sessions, pilates, yoga and meditation, but also space for events and concerts. “A pleasant labyrinth of beautiful things, continuous discoveries, gifts of nature, small useful and ecological ideas, to interpret a new lifestyle, increasingly precious for us and for future generations,” describes the architect Giancarlo Galassi, project curator. And around this green amphitheater, which floods the air with the essences of aromatic herbs and plants selected to reduce the effects of pollution, we find a succession of relaxing niches, where the gaze sweeps to Montecatini Alto, or places consecrated to the polygon. being like the White Porch, the realm of free body movement.
The Home SPA. The house of well-being
In a city that has been synonymous with body care since the 19th century, the concept of well-being acquires a centrality of vital importance. In synergy with the well-known hydroponic treatments, Palazzo BelVedere has wanted to develop its own wellness proposal inspired by the holistic concept of circularity, creating treatments and programs capable of accompanying guests to regain their own balance by balancing the four qualities of medicine. Hippocratic. that is, hot, cold, damp, and dry. Vitaliter programs (3 to 21 days, on request), developed in collaboration with Lumen, one of the most famous naturopathic schools in our country, are real life-changing programs: they always start with a holistic comparative evaluation. , and are based on a specific and individual combination of massages, treatments, rituals, nutrition (wellness menu created ad hoc), movement, walking, thermalism, breathing, art of thought, conscious meditation, art therapy, singing, dance and relationship. The rebalancing process is based on the scientific measurement of the results achieved and, finally, on the proposal for distance coaching once the stay is over.
The temple of all this is the Home SPA, the house next to the Circular Garden that welcomes guests in eight spacious cabins, all bathed in natural light and equipped with a private outdoor area. Two product lines are used: cosmetics from the BelVedere brand, flanked by the Comfort Zone line.
The table. Well, just simply Tuscan
A bistro, a restaurant, a bar, a chef born in Florence and a pantry full of Tuscan cereals, vegetables grown in the owner’s Botanical Garden, natural wines, organic extra virgin olive oil, non-intensive farm meats, small local specialties . growers, seasonal fruit and more. Wanting to summarize the gastronomic offer of Palazzo BelVedere, we could stop here. But it is in the details where you can taste the difference of a cuisine designed to embrace guests and complete the experience of a stay in the name of harmony: it starts with breakfast, where you can taste genuine jams and cheeses. proximity, centrifuges and extracts. freshly prepared mother dough croissants, homemade cakes, a selection of organic Savigni sausages (whose animals can graze freely in the green of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines) and more.
The NO | bistro MORE -open from noon to midnight- offers a menu full of light and delicious dishes, such as Chianina burgers, fresh salads, spelled tabule with radishes and cherries, the classic tomato soup, steamed sandwiches with Cinta pork , aromatic baked pizzas. and a small but tasty selection of desserts, including a historic BelVedere specialty, cream and pine nut cake.
But it is in the restaurant MORE | NO, whose name is a dedication to the former chef Moreno Meucci, who best expresses the philosophy of the hotel: led by chef Daniele Ciofi – a Tuscan who has worked with the best of Italian restaurants – il MORE | It is NOT a gourmet corner that wants to explain Tuscany in all its forms, taking advantage of the wisdom of local producers to offer dishes in balance with the seasons. Here you can start the journey with a terrine of Tuscan liver in Vin Santo, continue with the fried lasagna, stuffed with white ragout, hazelnuts and shepherd’s ricotta, and then close with a sumptuous Brunello di Montalcino steak.
A strategic position. In the center of Tuscany (and from 2021 UNESCO heritage)
Inserted in 2021 in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the “Great Spa Cities of Europe” (there are a total of eleven cities in seven states), Montecatini Terme has finally recognized its leading role in the phenomenon of European spa tourism. active from 1700 to the 1930s. The City of Waters, in fact a piece of Italian hospitality history, is still today a gem of modernist architecture: its wonderful spas catapult visitors into the time, in a continual reference to the glories of a past that has created the myth. of the Tuscan Dolce Vita thanks to the presence on the avenues and in the establishments of characters such as Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Alberto Sordi, Franco Zeffirelli, Mina, and again Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Orson Welles, Paul Cezanne, Richard Wagner. , Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly and many others. Specifically, the Palazzo BelVedere is adjacent to Terme Tettuccio, the most representative and monumental of Montecatini Terme, built between 1779 and 1781. The structure is also a stone’s throw -almost immersed you could say- in the Parco delle Term, a green without limits. oasis village, known to all as “the pine forest”. Around, however, are the Terme Excelsior, the Leopoldine, the Terme Nuove Redi, born in the 1920s and fully renovated and equipped with a thermal water pool in 2009, and other buildings.
The other strong point of Montecatini Terme is its centrality: equidistant from Florence, the coastal destinations of Versilia and the mountain destinations of Abetone, it is the ideal starting point to quickly reach many cultural, artistic and of Tuscany, from Pistoia to Vinci. , from Siena to Chianti and even to Collodi, Lucca, Pisa, Forte dei Marmi and the Maremma. Palazzo BelVedere has taken advantage of this fortunate position very carefully and in an unobvious way, thanks to a series of new and off-circuit experiences, which may intrigue even attentive connoisseurs of this region. A few examples? The discovery of Lucca and its walls by bike, a lunch followed by a visit to the private museum of modern art of Villa Celle, a round of golf with the Pro Mauro Ravinetto, an exclusive visit to the Giovanni Michelucci Architect Foundation, the Discovering the Tuscan Chocolate Valley and navigating the Tyrrhenian coast in a vintage schooner. Finally, you can not miss the visit to Montecatini Alto, a charming medieval village from where you can enjoy a unique view of the Valdinievole: to get there you can choose the car, you can walk up the mountain path from La Corta, or take the funicular, starting a few steps from the Palazzo BelVedere.