Palazzo BelVedere opened on June 21 in Montecatini Terme

A demanding architectural project, over two years of work, a culture of hospitality that has its roots in the past, but is projected towards the future and finally the intention to bring something completely new to Montecatini Terme: these are the main ingredients in BelVedere Palace, the new hotel, spa & city retreat that opened its doors on June 21 in the City of Waters. Where the hotel of the same name once stood, in the street leading to the spectacular Tettuccio spa, there is a deeply renewed structure: in the forms, in the concept, in the philosophy of hospitality, in the rituals dedicated to guests, in tailor-made proposals for its spa, in the rooms and in the team. The new team is led by Simone Galligani, an entrepreneur from Montecatini Terme, who comes from a historic family of hotel owners, and director Chiaralberta Valentini, who has been in the Belvedere SpA group for ten years. The project was instead 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 foreground, food understood as an experience of the territory, and then culture, ecology, art, movement. In my view, Palazzo BelVedere is much more than just a luxury hotel, ”he says Simone Galligani.

The inner spaces. Less is more

In a historic moment where 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 breath in every sense to the guests: starting with the rooms, which go from 93 in the original structure to the current 60. The offer is divided into comfort rooms, junior suites, study suites and three apartments designed for longer stays: the decor with sober lines makes them unique. and essential, inspired by the colors and materials of the Tuscan country. The natural fabrics of local craftsmanship are flanked by iconic objects such as the Pipistrello lamp designed by Gae Aulenti, the Scapular Chair by architect Giovanni Michelucci or unique pieces coming from the famous Florentine creative workshop by Riccardo Barthel. The end result is environments flooded with light, surprisingly inviting, familiar and relaxing.

The outdoor spaces. Circularity and green

The sobriety of the most intimate spaces of Palazzo BelVedere is at the same time in harmonious dialogue with the external structure: the hotel opens up to the world and emphasizes the continuity with Montecatini Terme, thanks to the spectacular entrance dominated by a cascade of water. The common areas are once again reminiscent of the taste for beauty and the essentials, but it is the outdoor areas that embody the essentials of the project. Starting with Circular Garden, the perfect place for running, pilates, yoga and meditation sessions, but also a space for events and concerts. “A pleasant labyrinth of beautiful things, continuous discoveries, gifts from nature, small useful and ecological ideas, to interpret a new lifestyle, more and more valuable for us and for future generations”, describes the architect Giancarlo Galassi, curator of the project. And around this green amphitheater, which floods the air with essences of aromatic herbs and plants selected to reduce the effects of pollution, we find a number of relaxing niches, where the gaze sweeps up to Montecatini Alto, or places consecrated to well-being such like the white portico, the realm of free body movement.

Home SPA. The house of well-being

In a city that has been synonymous with body care since the nineteenth century, the concept of well-being acquires a centrality of crucial importance. In synergy with the well-known hydroponic treatments, Palazzo BelVedere wanted to develop its own wellness proposal inspired by the holistic concept of circularity, create treatments and programs that are able to accompany guests to regain their own balance by balancing the four qualities of Hippocratic medicine. , that is, hot, cold, humid, and dry. The Vitaliter programs (from 3 to 21 days, on request), developed in collaboration with Lumen, one of the most famous naturopathic schools in our country, are real programs to change your life: they always start with a comparative holistic evaluation and is based on a specific and individual combination of massage, treatments, rituals, nutrition (wellness menu created ad hoc), movement, walking, thermalism, breathing, thought art, mindful meditation, art therapy, song, dance and relationship. The rebalancing process is supported by the scientific measurement of the results obtained and finally by the proposal for remote coaching when the stay is over.

The temple to all of 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 used: BelVedere-branded cosmetics, 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 filled with Tuscan cereals, vegetables grown in the proprietary Botanical Garden, natural wines, organic extra virgin olive oil, meats from non-intensive farms, specialties from small local producers, seasonal fruit and more. If we want to summarize the gastronomic offer from Palazzo BelVedere, we could stop here. But it is in the details that you can taste the difference of a kitchen designed to embrace guests and complete the experience of a stay in the name of harmony: It starts with breakfast, where you can taste real jams and local cheeses, centrifuges and extracts freshly prepared, sourdough croissants, home-baked cakes, a selection of Savigni bio cold cuts (whose animals can graze freely in the green of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines) and much more.

NO | the bistro MORE – open from noon to midnight – offers a menu full of light and delicious dishes, such as Chianina burgers, fresh salads, spelttabbouleh with radishes and cherries, the classic tomato soup, steamed sandwich with pork from Cinta, fragrant pizzas from the oven and a small but tasty selection of desserts, among which a historical specialty from BelVedere stands out, namely the cream and pine nut pie.

But it’s in the restaurant MORE | NO, whose name is a dedication to former chef Moreno Meucci, who best expresses the hotel’s philosophy: led by chef Daniele Ciofi – a Tuscan who has worked with the largest Italian restaurants – il MERE | NO is a gourmet corner that wants to tell Tuscany in all its forms and draws on 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, filled with white ragù, hazelnuts and shepherd’s ricotta, and then finish with a sumptuous Brunello di Montalcino fillet.

A strategic position. In the center of Tuscany (and from 2021 UNESCO cultural heritage)

In 2021, Montecatini Terme was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the “major spa towns in Europe” (there are a total of eleven cities in seven states), and has thus finally been recognized for its leading role in the phenomenon of European spa tourism. active from the 1700s to the 1930s. The City of Waters, in fact a piece of the history of Italian hospitality, is still today a jewel of Art Nouveau architecture: its wonderful spas catapult visitors back in time in a continuous reference to the glories of a past that has created the myth of the Tuscan Dolce Vita thanks to the presence in the avenues and in the establishments of characters like 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. In particular, the Palazzo BelVedere is contiguous with the Terme Tettuccio, the most representative and monumental of the Montecatini Terme, built between 1779 and 1781. The structure is also a stone’s throw – almost immersed one might say – in the Parco delle Terme, a boundless green area. oasis town, known by all as the “pine forest”. All around, however, there are Terme Excelsior, Leopoldine, Terme Nuove Redi, born in the 1920s and completely renovated and equipped with a swimming pool with thermal water in 2009, and other buildings.

The other strength of Montecatini Terme is its centrality: far from Florence, from the coastal destinations of Versilia and from the mountain destinations of Abetone, it is the ideal starting point to quickly reach many cultural, artistic and landscapes of Tuscany, from Pistoia to Vinci, from Siena to Chianti and even Collodi, Lucca, Pisa, Forte dei Marmi and Maremma. Palazzo BelVedere has made use of this lucky position with great attention and in an unobtrusive way, thanks to a number of new and off-the-beaten-track experiences that will be able to fascinate even the attentive connoisseurs of this region . A few examples? The discovery of Lucca and its walls by bicycle, a lunch followed by a visit to the private museum of modern art in Villa Celle, a game of golf with Pro Mauro Ravinetto, an exclusive tour of the Giovanni Michelucci Architect Foundation, the discovery of the Tuscan Chocolate Valley and the sailing of the Tyrrhenian coasts on a vintage gulet. Finally, a visit to Montecatini Alto is not to be missed, an enchanting medieval village from which you can enjoy a unique view of Valdinievole: To get there you can choose the car, you can walk up via the hilly path in La Corta, or take the cable car that starts a few steps from Palazzo BelVedere.

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