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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Pistoia's location, among the most important cities of art of Tuscany and only 45 minutes from the coast.
The medieval hospital façade decorated with Della Robbia's ceramic glaze
Pistoia's dome accomplished in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari in Brunelleschi's style.
Culture and folklore throughout the month of July, dedicated to St. James
Piazza della Sala - The food market square during the day and the centre of Pistoia's "dolce vita" at night
The Cathedral's Romanesque style façade.
The 14th century Baptistery in Gothic style.
Night view of the Cathedral's square.
The Joust of the Bear takes place in Pistoia every 25th of July.
A view of the Piazza del Duomo with Town Hall and Cathedral
Pistoia seen from the panoramic Apennine road SR66.
Among the hills covered of olive trees and wineyards you can find Vinci, Leonardo's hometown.
Montecatini Terme, Tettuccio Spa (18th Century). Here the Montecatini Opera Festival takes place from May to October.
The magnificent gardens of Villa Garzoni, to visit in Collodi together with Pinocchio's Park and the modern Butterfly House
Panoramic trekking paths on top of the Apennines.
Lake Scaffaiolo, rechable in 1 hour on foot from Doganaccia (Cutugliano) or 3 hours from Maresca's "Foresta del Teso"
San Marcello Pistoiese - Traditional hot-air balloon (every September 8th)
The breath-taking suspension bridge, near San Marcello. It il almost 250 mts long.
It's not too difficult to meet wild animals on the Apennines.
Cutigliano's medieval town hall
National hero Francesco Ferrucci died in 1530 in the battle of Gavinana. Each year the battle is commemorated on the first weekend of August.
Villa Morelli on the left, Villa and Locanda Le Panche on the right end.
A winter view of the Devil's Bridge, on the road descending to Lucca from the Apennines.
With 80 kms of ski slopes, Pistoia's Apennine is the most important winter destination in central Italy
Arrival station of Mt. Gomito gondola lift, at