PISTOIA, CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Located 20 minutes from Florence and Lucca, Pistoia also has much to offer in terms of history, art, monuments, traditions, nature and cuisine. For these reasons Pistoia was appointed as 2017 Italy's Capital of Culture.
Walking through the picturesque streets of its historic center, visitors will find many good restaurants that offer authentic dishes of the Tuscan tradition, as well as local wines, at fair prices. Very interesting is the huge market that takes place on the monumental Piazza del Duomo and surrounding streets twice a week. Pistoia also offers one of the major zoological gardens in Italy.
To visit, nearby, Vinci with the Leonardian museum, Montecatini with its thermal baths, the medieval villages of Valdinievole including Collodi, the town of Pinocchio, the Butterfly House and Villa Garzoni.
MOUNTAINS OF TUSCANY
Visitors to the area can enjoy the very well preserved environment. This is a perfect destination for beautiful walks and it is full of trekking routes to enjoy on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike, it is rich of rivers and lakes for fishing, Moreover, in summer season the “Mountains of Pistoia” offer to their guests dozens of cultural and recreational events, such as music and folklore festivals, gastronomic fairs and medieval reenactments.
Last, but not least, our area is the most popular winter holiday destination in Central Italy, thanks to the many Alpine ski tracks (over 80 km of slopes in Abetone and Cutigliano) and facilities for cross country ski (at 15 min. drive from our properties).
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