La Pia is a great place to stay if you want to explore this area of Tuscany. Pistoia and Lucca are both short trips away on the train, as are Florence and Pisa. Montecatini itself is a lovely spa town. The staff are all friendly, helpful and knowlegable. The room we stayed in had a balcony and was really nice and the restaurant in the hotel does good food. Breakfast was also good. Considering the cost of the rooms this hotel is excellent value for money. I would recommend this hotel, a pleasant place to stay.