Montecatini is a Tuscan hill town and spa about 20km east of Lucca, and easily accessed by plane to Pisa and then transfer by road or rail.
The spa, Montecatini Terme, sits below the pinnacle of Montecatini Alta, accessed by a funicular railway.
Montecatini has been twinned with Harrogate since 1962 and there has been a renaissance of interest and exchange visits between the two towns in recent times.
In addition to its spa heritage another link with both Harrogate and Luchon is the association with road race cycling. Montecatini has a long association with the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) and recently featured in the World Road Race Cycling Championships, which will be based in Harrogate in 2019.
A successful visit by members of HIP earlier this year, has established new contacts to facilitate a range of twinning opportunities.