Mountain Views and Tuscan Retreats
Mountain views and Tuscan Retreats
Walled Pistoia is a typical Italian medieval city set 19 miles north west of Florence and just half hour from Lucca. Pistoia is set around the imposing Piazza del Duomo, one of Italy's most impressive squares, with a spectacular belltower clad at the top with zebra-striped marble. The city has a vivid cultural life with its concentration art and architecture. In Pistoia expect to have the Romanesque churches and modern art museums to yourself, even if the restaurants are buzzing. When dusk falls, the lamp-lit streets still have an authentic medieval atmosphere. Spot the Franciscan monks striding along in their brown habits and rope belts, and the stone slabs outside the shops laid out with goods for sale, just as they were in the Middle Ages. There is a zoo too and the retro style Pinocchio park for children, and if you like Blues, visit when the Blues festival is on in early July.
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