The city of Pistoia is particularly rich in valuable Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (especially churches) and above
can boast one of the most beautiful squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo, the geometric center of Pistoia, monumental
focus of both the civil and ecclesiastical power which includes a variety of architectural value, such as:
- The San Zeno Cathedral , dedicated to St.Zeno bishop, who holds within it the silver altar of San Jacopo. Built in the Middle Ages, it was destroyed by two fires and then rebuilt in the thirteenth century and later remodeled to modern times. Its external appearance dates from the fourteenth century, the interior has three naves is a native of the fourteenth century, seventeenth-century frescoes and decorated with numerous paintings.
Under the chancel are the remains of a Roman villa visited the imperial age and the original church. The altar of San Jacopo, who also worked Filippo Brunelleschi, is a masterpiece of sacred and was built between 1287 and 1456.
- The bell tower , built on an ancient tower of Lombard origin, in Romanesque style, is divided into
three orders of loggias and provided with a belfry with a lot of cusp that due to earthquakes that scourged the city
in the late Middle Ages was rebuilt several times. Built in the twelfth century, its present appearance dates back to 1576, reaching a height
total of 67 meters and is one of the most beautiful bell towers of Italy.
- The Baptistery of San Giovanni in the court of the fourteenth century, in Gothic style, decorated with green and white marble. A octagonal dome topped by a picturesque, designed by the renowned workshop of Andrea Pisano, inside contains a baptismal font dating back to 1226.
- The Bishop's Palace consists of porch, first floor, in the Gothic style and restored in 1981. The underground are enriched by an important archaeological tour with excavations in the site of an Etruscan stele type of Fiesole, a Roman kiln and parts of the walls of the ancient Pistoriae. Not many years is open to the public and is a rare example of a museum of the excavation stratigraphy.
Built as a fortified palace in the year 1000, its present appearance dates back to the twelfth century when it was transformed into a palace stately, and was the residence of the bishops for 8 centuries.
- The Praetorian Palace or the court also in the Gothic style (he lost in the interior part of his style Because of the extension work carried out in the nineteenth century). It is famous for its inner courtyard with the coats of arms of the judiciary.
Built in the fourteenth century and heavily remodeled in the nineteenth century, it was always the abode of those who administered the justice. The external appearance, however, is similar to the original.
The other is the seat of the Tribunal Palazzo San Mercurial , named after the first bishop of Forlì, to whom it was dedicated a monastery formerly placed here.
- The Town Hall , with a beautiful façade adorned with mullioned windows. Started in the twelfth century, reached the present appearance only in 1350. A major interior renovation took place in the sixteenth century. On the façade the Medici coat of arms and the head of the King of Mallorca Nose Negro, who was killed by a captain of Pistoia in 1114. The interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes.
- The early medieval tower of Catiline , 30 meters high. The name of the tower comes from a legend according to which the body of the Roman general Catiline was buried in this way, that is called "Tomb of Catiline."
From Pistoia is easily accessible the Pinocchio Park of Collodi .
Opened in 1956, it is no ordinary theme park, but rather a precious masterpiece created by artists of great personality.
The literary itinerary, marked out by mosaics, buildings and sculptures surrounded by greenery, is born thanks to the union between art and environment: the course is tortuous, the dense vegetation means that every stage reaches surprising and unexpected, the plants themselves contribute to create the atmosphere and the episodes of the story of the Adventures of Pinocchio.
The Park itself is a place of cultural activities constantly renewed but never forgetful of its roots: exhibitions of art and illustrations inspired by children's literature and the Story of Pinocchio, puppet-making workshops, shows puppets, puppets and storytellers enrich according to the season, the visit of the Park.
How to get from Pistoia: Highway A11 Firenze Mare Chiesina Uzzanese exit, continue towards Pescia - Collodi.
Pistoia 15 Km
San Marcello 13 Km
Abetone 27 Km
Firenze 53 Km
Lucca 55 Km
Garfagnana 60 Km
Pisa 75 Km
Siena 110 Km