Medieval Renaissance and Baroque
The city of Pistoia is located in northern Tuscany, halfway between Florence and Lucca, about 40 km away from each.
The province of Pistoia is quite large, including both flat valleys as well as hilly and mountainous sections, including the Valley of the Ombrone river, the Valdinievole and the Pistoia Mountains. The area of Pistoia is also very well known for the cultivation of plants and flowers exported all over the world, with a long tradition of local nurseries being passed down generation after generation.
Those who are passionate about history and the works of man can take a fascinating trip to the past first by visiting Pistoia and Pescia, the cities of art, where medieval, Renaissance and baroque reveal themselves in palaces, arcades and churches, and also by discovering the hamlets, castles and country churches which are just as rich historically and artistically.
Nature-lovers will find an extraordinary variety of landscapes and natural environments: the gentle hills of Montalbano and Svizzera Pesciatina, the summer green and winter snow of the mountains, the marshlands of the Padule di Fucecchio and of the Querciola in Quarrata, which is also known for the production and marketing of quality wood furniture.
Thermal baths are another important resource for the province of Pistoia. The thermal baths of Montecatini and Monsummano can boast waters with beneficial health effects and thus are much sought after by anyone wishing to take care of themselves, as well as treat themselves to spa treatments. These are the thermal baths which hosted nobility and royalty, as well as more recent movie stars, through the centuries.
Outdoors and sport lovers will love the Pistoia Mountains, both in the summer and in the winter, when the ski slopes and lifts are open. The ski resorts of Abetone and Val di Luce are among the most popular.
Pistoia is located in the so-called “Tuscan chocolate valley”, an area that extends between Pisa, Pistoia and Prato in which we can find some of the most renowned Italian artisan chocolate makers known in Italy and beyond.
For children of all ages, we recommend heading to the Zoo of Pistoia (about 10 km outside of the city) and to the Pinocchio Park in Collodi, with its adjacent Garzoni Garden. Both are perfect for spending time outdoors in the spring, summer and fall.