A trip to Pistoia
Posted by Sonia (11/09/15)
Just 19 miles from Florence is the beautiful city of Pistoia. Much like other Tuscan comunes, the city is filled with breathtaking medieval architecture and rich culture. If you like the idea of a more relaxing break, then a villa near Pistoia is the perfect destination. But, what to do while there?Aside from relaxing by your villa’s pool, here are some of the best things to do and see while visiting Pistoia.
Battistero di San GiovanniWhile the baptistery in Pistoia has the same striped green and white marble façade as many other religious buildings in Tuscany, its shape is what makes it truly stand out. Built during the fourteenth century and designed by Andrea Pisano, the baptistery is octagonal and can be seen in the Piazza del Duomo.
La Fondazione Marino MariniIf you like modern art, head to Pistoia’s La Fondazione Marino Marini. The museum is dedicated to the works of Marino Marini. There, you can see sculptures and paintings by the artist who was born in Pistoia. During his lifetime, Marini’s work was displaying in New York’s MOMA and he was awarded the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale.
Pistoia Sotterranea and Ospedale del CeppoFor an amazing historical experience, head to Ospedale del Ceppo. This medieval hospital has a stunning exterior and plenty of history inside. Those visiting can go underground to see all of the 13th century hospital. In the Pistoia Sotteranea (the underground section of the hospital), you can see old surgical equipment, learn about the history of the building, and even see underground rivers.
Pistoia BluesIf you’re planning your next summer holiday, and are a music lover, then you may want to stay in Tuscany during Pistoia Blues festival. 2015’s line-up includes Mumford and Sons, Hozier, and Sting, so it’s bound to draw some great acts in the future.
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