10 Things to Do in Pistoia That You Shouldn't Miss

January 17, 2018 Hector Krause

Pistoia (Italian pronunciation: [piˈstoːja] ( listen)) is a city and comune in the Italian region of Tuscany, the capital of a province of the same name, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) west and north of Florence and is crossed by the Ombrone Pistoiese, a tributary of the River Arno. It is a typical Italian medieval city, and it attracts many tourists, especially in the summer. The city is famous throughout Europe for its plant nurseries.
Restaurants in Pistoia

1. Sant'Andrea

Via Sant'Andrea, Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 21912
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4.5 based on 201 reviews

Sant'Andrea

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

Henry Moore, one the great sculptors of the 20th century, called Pisano the first modern sculptor. The pulpit here at Sant'Andrea is one of his masterpieces and this piece alone make Pistoia a place that might be visited. Less than a half hour from Florence, Pistoia is a quiet town not inundated by tourists -- the pulpit here is a 13th century work that predates the Renaissance. Pisano worked at both Pisa and Siena. Here the pulpit has five reliefs: the Annunciation and Nativity; the Adoration, the Dream of the Magi and the Angel warning Joseph; the Massacre of the Innocents; the Crucifixion; and the Last Judgement. Remarkably fine work where people come alive.

2. Piazza del Duomo

Pistoia, Pistoia, Italy +39 045 51100
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4.5 based on 779 reviews

Piazza del Duomo

Reviewed By Ron S - New York City, New York

The Cathedral plaza of Pistoia looks authentically medieval as at least three of its sides are formed by medieval edifices. Those are Palazzo Pretorio and the Baptistery, Palazzo dei Vescovi and the Cathedral itself on the southern side, and Palazzo del Comune. Two other buildings, the Monte dei Paschi bank and Palazzo del Governo seem to be of 17-18 century but fit the environment perfectly.

3. Cathedral of Saint Zeno

Piazza del Duomo, 51100 Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 25095
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4.5 based on 365 reviews

Cathedral of Saint Zeno

This 12th-century Cathedral is a principal component of one of the finest piazzas in Italy.

Reviewed By David B L - Los Angeles, California

This grand church / Duomo is a spectacular one with its outside packed layered alternating dark and white marble colors surmounted with marble boxes in classic design, really beautiful. Entrance through massive sculptured doors into a gilt filled interior packed with masterpieces. Must see when in Pistoia. ...

4. Piazza della Sala

Piazza della Sala, 51100 Pistoia, Italy +39 080 001 2146
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4.5 based on 412 reviews

Piazza della Sala

Reviewed By openvision - West Vancouver, Canada

We went to this market to look for porcini mushroom since it was the right season. We found only one stall selling it. The mushroom was very interesting and they have all sizes. We checked out the tomatoes and while they were not bad, they were not as sweet as some others that we had elsewhere. The piazza was crowded, and the eating places around the square were pretty busy. Extending out towards the street was another market, selling all kinds of household items, clothings etc. It was a good way to spend a morning away from the hotel. Right around the corner you can find amazing buildings. A nice walk all around the neighbourhood would be my recommendation.

5. Ospedale del Ceppo

Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 368023
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4.5 based on 246 reviews

Ospedale del Ceppo

Reviewed By Rudi S - Benitachell

For art lovers the facade with equisite paintings is worth a few minutes to admire. Pistoia Sotteranea tours commence in this building as well - which we didn´t explore.

6. Campanile del Duomo di Pistoia

Piazza del Duomo, 51100 Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 21622
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Campanile del Duomo di Pistoia

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

As in every Duomo complex, the bell tower is part of the Baptistery, duomo (church), campanile trio. It is the least interesting of the three buildings. You can walk up and see the view. But your time is better spent exploring Pistoia on foot.

7. Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia

Via Pieve a Celle Nuova 160/A, 51100 Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 911219
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4 based on 1 reviews

Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia

Reviewed By Harribo45 - UK

This was an excellent trip. It was my wife, my 20month son and I. The park has lots of shade, a good range of animals (lion, bear, tiger, elephant, giraffe, etc). The enclosures seemed a decent size and the animals happy(to my untrained eye). The park is small enough that it is a comfortable size to walk around but as I said with plenty of animals. Do bring bug repellent, we dashed past the last few animals as my wife was getting badly bitten.

Piazza del Duomo, Pistoia, Italy
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4 based on 197 reviews

Baptistery

Built in its present form in Gothic style in the first half of the XIV c. on the site of the old “Paleochristian” and Baptismal church of Santa Maria and San Giovanni. The name “in corte” certifies the presence of a Curtis domini regis, the headquarters of the “gestaldo” in the Lombard period. During the building, which lasted from 1338 to 1360, the grave of Bishop Atto, who died in 1153, was found (he introduced the “Jacobean” cult in Pistoia). Even though Vasari claimed that Andrea Pisano had designed the Baptistery there’s no sure proof about that. It is sure, however, that Cellino di Nese managed the operation: he’s responsible for the outside marble facing. The white marbles originate from Siena and Carrara; the green ones from Prato. The octagonal shaped building presents a pyramidal roofing completed by an elegant lantern. The cupola is covered with sheets of lead surrounded by an open gallery with marble balustrade enriched with spires and statuettes. In the lunette of the main door we can notice the sculptures of Madonna with Child between St. John the Baptist and St. Peter that are traditionally attributed to Nino and Tommaso, sons of Andrea Pisano. The architrave is divided in four bas-reliefs depicting stories of St. John’s life. The door-knockers of the central portal are a masterpiece of wood-cutting and are the work of Pier Francesco Ventura (1523). Inside, the baptismal font can be seen, carved by Lanfranco da Como in 1226. During the Baroque period, this was included in a structure surmounted by the marble statue of St. John the Baptist, a work by Andrea Vacca, now on view in the Baptistery.

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

The Baptistery exterior is executed in the same multicolor marble patterns you see in Florence. Beautiful little building with the Pisano reliefs that match his masterpiece, the pulpit in the adjacent Duomo. Love this little building…. we'd visit Pistoia just to see it again.

9. Pistoia Sotterranea

Piazza Giovanni XXIII n_ 13 | Biglietteria all'interno dell'antico Ospedale del Ceppo, 51100 Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 368023
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4 based on 348 reviews

Pistoia Sotterranea

Reviewed By OzGronk - Brisbane, Australia

A short trip by train to get away from the crowds in Florence saw us in Pistoia, and being a Saturday the markets were in full swing along the streets and filling the squares, a very happy and fun start to our visit.
We found the unhelpful tourist office where we asked about the underground tour and were given a map and vague directions.
We were able to claim concession tickets saving us €2 each, we had an English speaking guide for just the two of us so the price was OK.
The tour was fairly interesting and we got to appreciate the developments of the hospital over the centuries from beneath the foundations.
Those looking for the wow factor will be disappointed, but we like to see things from alternate viewpoints so enjoyed the experience.

10. San Bartolomeo in Pantano

Piazza San Bartolomeo, Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 24297
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

San Bartolomeo in Pantano

Reviewed By JohnUK - London, United Kingdom

Many of the churches we visited in Tuscany were sparkly and rather too cared for. This one smelt like a old church? The Romanesque arches spoke if history whilst the amazing marble pulpit had so much carving it would take paragraphs to describe. Just outside the centre but easy to find it was a wondful contrast to the grandeur of the Cathedral.

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