Pistoia - A Hidden Tuscan Treasure
|Pistoia City Centre during the Giostra Dell'Orso in July|
"Those who don't know Pistoia can't even imagine what artistic treasures are hidden there". Many visitors have exactly the same feeling as they walk through the enchanting streets and squares of this northern Tuscan city, not only because of its world renowned artistic masterpieces, but also because of the atmosphere you feel as you lose yourself in its streets.
Although it is not yet as visited as other towns in Tuscany, Pistoia presents a well-preserved and charming medieval city inside the old walls. The large Piazza del Duomo is lined with attractive original buildings, and in July is the setting of the Bear Joust (Giostra dell'Orso), when the best horsemen of the districts of the town tilt with lances at a target held up by a dummy shaped like a bear.
Pistoia is a real discovery. Its past is reflected in the ancient stones on the roads and in the squares of the city centre, and in the colour of its architecture. Visitors can explore a city away from the more crowded itineraries. As well as Pistoia’s trade and craft shops, you can sample traditional food in cosy, characteristic surroundings. The city has various cultural events involving visitors including theatre shows, musicals, guided tours, art exhibitions and literary meetings, and there are plenty of events related to the local folklore.
The ancient gardens in the surrounding countryside have been turned into modern nursery centres making
one of the most famous cities in this field. Pistoia
Geographically Pistoia is in the middle of the Tuscan province of the same name. It is located on a wide plain on the Ombrone River, and lies between Monte Albano and the slopes of the Appenines.
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