Pistoia is located between Florence and Lucca, and if you want to see a city that not a lot of people see take half-day for Pistoia.
Pistoia is pretty popular for the flowers, there is a big industry selling beautiful flowers worldwide and you should check it out.
Le Terme di Montecatini is another cool place you could visit not far from Pistoia if you would like to relax.
Not too far from Pistoia, you can also go to the mountains, in fact, l’Abetone is a big mountain that has to offers things to do both in the summer and in the winter.
Pistoia is a very relaxing city and you can even go to the Zoo or to the park of Pinocchio the wooden puppet of fairy tales.
Pistoia What To Do
Piazza del Duomo in Pistoia is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It is tiny and at the same time, all the details are cured and nice.
The tower is standing in on the square, the bricks and every tile are perfect aligned and giving you a sense of peace.
No bombs destroyed this square that still looks the same as when it was built in medieval times.
The dome of Pistoia is another great attraction a gem of this city. The entrance to the Cathedral is preceded by a portico with terracotta decorations by Andrea Della Robbia
Spedale del Ceppo is a beautiful hospital. Today it houses the Museum of Surgical Instruments, a pharmacy laboratory with vases for the preparation of drugs and the preservation of essences and the world’s smallest Anatomical Theater.
The Church of Sant’Andrea in Pistoia is another little masterpiece of art, the marbles used and the details are excellent.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Il Campanile il Battistero di Pistoia,
Il Palazzo del Comune,
Chiese di San Giovanni Fuorcivitas e del Tau,
Palazzo Dei Vescovi,
Palazzo Pretorio di Pistoia,
Biblioteca Forteguerriana (beautiful library),
Via Degli Orafi,
Fortezza di Santa Barbara,
Cathedral of St. Zeno,
SPA town of Montecatini Terme,
Piazza Della Sala is another great square where you can find the market and buy food and clothes and a beautiful well that is still preserved since 1000 years.
Pistoia can be also discovered underground, in fact, there is the entrance to the underground town and you will find even mills and hidden gems.
Parco Puccini is a great park to relax and you will find also a nice castle inside of it.
Food In Pistoia
One of the typical dishes of Pistoia is called Tartara di Chianina, which is basically one of the top meat in the world dressed with a tartar sauce.
The meat is served raw and it needs to be treated in a certain way to guarantee that is not going to be bad for you.
If you are in the area you might wanna eat this awesome protein meal.
The Brigidini of Lamporecchio is a must of any “bench of the beans” in the Tuscan fairs. A very thin and crunchy biscuit, with an intense anise flavor, perfect to eat while walking between stalls and rides in town festivals.
Pistoia is also popular for candies and cakes you can find in any bakery around the city.
Il Carcerato is a typical dish from Pistoia that sounds disgusting but that is actually good. This dish is a rather unusual dish, obviously based on entrails, stale bread, grated cheese, and pepper.
A dish that is not at all easy to cook, because the bread in contact with the broth immediately becomes a jelly, so it is necessary to mastery to achieve the right creaminess.