Location of Pistoia, Italy:
Why Visit Pistoia?:
Pistoia is also noted for its fine cuisine.
Plan to spend at least one night in Pistoia--or stay longer and take trips to Florence, Lucca and other nearby Tuscan cities. You can see much of Pistoia in a day trip from Pisa, Lucca or Florence.
Pistoia Train Station:
Pistoia Tourist Information:
An online Pistoia map is available that shows the major attractions.
Major Events in Pistoia:
Giostra dell'Orso (Joust of the Bear) takes place in the Piazze del Duomo on July 25th, after a month of activities leading up to the festival which involves 12 knights jousting on horseback with a (fake) bear dressed in a checked cloak, the symbol of Pistoia.
Museums in Pistoia:
- Percorso Archaeologico-Museo de San Zeno (Archaeology walk and cathedral museum)
- Museo Civico - The civic museum in the Palazzo Comunale
- Museo C Rospigliosi in the Palazzo Rospigliosi - a museum of a rich merchant family in Pistoia, lots of paintings plus the Diocesan Museum.
You can buy a "Biglietto Cumulativo" for a reasonable price, which allows you entrance to three museums. It's good for three days. Check at the tourist office.
San Zeno Cathedral existed back in 923 but burned down in 1108 and was rebuilt and extended in the 12th Century, then added-to over the centuries. Inside, the older Romanesque structures share space with Baroque and Renaissance rework and the mid-nineteenth century apse. The silver Altar of St James weighs nearly a ton.
The octagonal Gothic Baptistery of San Giovanni in Corte built in the middle of the fourteenth century by Cellino di Nese. (Behind the Baptistery is the excellent La BotteGaia restaurant.
The old belltower rises over 66 meters. You can climb the 200 steps for an all around view of Pistoia, but only on weekends.
A five minute walk from the center brings us to Ceppo Hospital, which offers a valuable collection of surgical instruments dating back to between the 17th and 19th century, which are displayed in the “Filippo Pacini” Medical Academy Hall. The hospital was founded in 1277 at the wish of a couple of merchants, and kept alive in the middle ages by donations put into the "ceppo", a hallowed-out tree trunk.
Take a virtual tour of Pistoia through our Pistoia Italy Pictures.