Monsummano Terme is a charming spa town watched over by a romantic castle ruin. The town itself is formed of Monsummano Alto (Upper Monsummano) and Monsummano Bassa (Lower Monsummano), with each offering unique benefits to visitors. The main attraction is the ancient fortress of the upper town, which stands as a testament to the importance of this prime location. Said to date from as far back as the 11th century, this photogenic ruin is a great place to go and enjoy views over the surrounding countryside. The town’s main thermal bath, La Grotta Giusti, is equally popular. The complex is partly set in natural caves, and has been modernised to offer a complete relaxation experience. A 50-minute drive brings you to Florence, Italy’s Renaissance capital. Spend a day seeing the sights and museums, and be sure to climb the cathedral's campanile for standout views of the city.
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The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours.
When to go
Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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