Peaceful Pistoia

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Although not the biggest settlement in the Tuscany region; Pistoia could be the perfect location for a relaxing family holiday. Its peaceful nature combined with the fact that it is only a short drive from the much livelier city of Florence mean that it could either provide a calming retreat for those looking to do little more than sunbathe their troubles away, or a quieter base camp for those wanting to see the sights of nearby Firenze and Siena but avoid staying in the main tourist places.

So whilst you think about which of our fantastic villas in the Pistoia area you would like to stay in, here are a few things you might like to see and do during your stay.

Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia –
Situated just outside the town itself, and a must see for animal lovers, thiszoo could be a great place to start your Tuscan adventure. It is filled with over four hundred animals and is mainly focussed on preserving the numbers of some of the most endangered animals on the planet; having successfully bred large numbers within its walls. You’ll be able to view over a hundred different species including lions, bears and elephants and a walk on the wild side will only set you back a respectable €14.50, too.

The Church Of Sant’Andrea –
If you are a fan of historical architecture and interesting buildings then this 8th century Romanesque church is definitely worth a visit. It is still used today by people from the surrounding villages that wish to perform baptisms and stands proudly in the centre of Pistoia, close to the public gardens. The main attraction inside is the stunning Pulpit of Sant’Andrea which was created by Italian sculpture Giovanni Pisano and which draws in the crowds from all around.

Piazza del Duomo Market –
If you are lucky enough to be in the area on a Wednesday or Saturday then head on down to the Piazza del Duomo in the morning to enjoy a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Every week on these two days the central square is transformed into a bustling local market offering plenty of regional delights for visitors to try. After midday the tents and marquis are taken down to reveal the piazza in its full medieval glory. There’s the stunning duomo to explore as well as the museum and a few beautiful restaurants.

Pistoia Baptistery –
If you are not yet done with beautiful buildings then the baptistery, situated opposite the duomo/cathedral, is another that should be on your list of things to see. It’s free to get in and visitors often marvel at the fact that the exterior is covered in marble yet the inside is made up of exposed brick work. Across from the baptistery there is also the courtyard of the Praetorian Palace which often plays host to some temporary art exhibitions.

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