What to do and see in Pescia, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Pescia is an Italian city in the province of Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italy. It is located in a central zone between the cities Lucca and Florence, on the banks of the homonymous river.
Restaurants in Pescia

1. Collodi Butterfly House

Piazza della Vittoria 1, 51017, Pescia, Italy +39 0572 427314
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

Collodi Butterfly House

Reviewed By Daniel C

After entering in this very humid and hot building you will start to enjoy the beauty of different butterflies coming from different part of the world. Very interesting. Don't forget you camera and specific objectives to enjoy very nice pictures when you will be back home.

2. Villa Garzoni Garden

Via delle Cartiere 4, 51012 Collodi, Pescia, Italy +39 0572 427314
Excellent
31%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 399 reviews

Villa Garzoni Garden

Reviewed By jannesco - Sydney, Australia

These Gardens were stunning!! Well worth the 13 euro to get in. It was lovely walking around the garden, around the water Fountains. The butterfly enclosure was ok, but I didn't see too many coloured butterflies - perhaps you'll all be more successful. There were beautiful birds in there too. I wish we got to go inside the big mansion too!

3. Hesperidarium - Il Giardino degli Agrumi

Via del Tiro a Segno 55 | Castellare di Pescia, 51017, Pescia, Italy +39 0572 429191
Excellent
71%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Hesperidarium - Il Giardino degli Agrumi

Hesperidarium is a unique, international garden with over 200 varieties of Citrus plants from all over the world. A real botanical garden where visitors can admire citrus plants from the 15th century but also rare exotic varieties as well as more recent ones originating from the southern hemisphere. An alternative and fascinating way to spend a few hours among the colours and perfumes of Citrus plants!

Reviewed By Kris_Dane - Aarhus, Denmark

If you aren't into citrus plants big time this place may be a bit of a disappointment. Basically it's a large selection of citrus trees in a nice setting, with the option of purchasing a specimen. Besides that you can get various citrus derived items. I can recommend the sparkling soft drinks.

4. Chiesa di San Francesco

Piazza San Francesco, 05035, Pescia, Italy +39 0744 7471
Excellent
48%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Chiesa di San Francesco

Reviewed By gr33nsp1der - Bangor, United Kingdom

This is a lovely church, built in the thirteenth century (but altered later), with some good frescoes. There is a stunning painting of St Francis and six scenes from his life, painted in 1235, only nine years after his death.

5. Cattedrale di Pescia

Piazza del Duomo 16, 51017, Pescia, Italy +39 0572 476805
Excellent
21%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Cattedrale di Pescia

Reviewed By reviewm0nkey - Abingdon, United Kingdom

By far the largest place of worship in the town with an impressive facade and a much older bell tower, inside is not enormous but the artwork and architecture inside is well worth a look.

6. Parco di Pinocchio

Via di San Gennaro 3, 51012 Collodi, Pescia, Italy +39 0572 429342
Excellent
16%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
18%
Terrible
19%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 1 reviews

Parco di Pinocchio

The Pinocchio Park was born from a book: "The adventures of Pinocchio". The monumental itinerary of contemporary art plunged in the green of the wood; the historical museum with its guide and the virtual library; the Adventure Park where kids from 5 to 14 years old can independently climb the Pirate Ship or the path over the river; the vintage carousels; the creativity workshops; the musical workshop teaching a universal language; the puppet show telling the adventures of Pinocchio; the staff working for the entertainment and satisfaction of the visitors; the moment when the characters of the story come to life and animate the place performing episodes of a tale that becomes reality among the various attractions of the park. All these features, with a typical italian style, without superfluity or artifice, can be found in the one and only theme park dedicated to Pinocchio in the world. Here literature, art and game will set your imagination free and make life more beautiful.

Reviewed By SherbetNZ - Auckland, New Zealand

Went to Parc Pinocchio with 4 children (ages 1,3,5,7) with some trepidation given the reviews. I have to say we had a fabulous time. The younger children loved the antique carousels, all loved the Flying fox and the art activities in the picnic area in the middle of the park, the older two were so keen on the zip wire that i thought we'd be there all day - and the instructor was very patient with our 5 year old who is scared of heights. As adults we enjoyed the cool spaces and sculptures as we walked through the park to the maze. And best of all the kids had a brilliant day that was all about what they liked (as opposed to another beautiful hilltop town that mum liked!).
The displays indicated the history of the Pinocchio story and made the story come to life for my kids. The puppet theatre was in Italian - so no good to us - but the small italian boy behind us was chortling and shouting answers back in such a way that i have to assume the story was hilarious!
My only real negative was that food was scarce and lacking in variety - my kids need something fresher than american hotdogs and old premade pizza. My advice would be to pack a picnic and enjoy the spaces available with good food from outside the park.
Parc Pinocchio really worked as little kid friendly day out in a cool space where you could just relax!

7. Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti

Piazza del Palagio 7 | Palazzo del Podestà, 51017, Pescia, Italy +39 0572 490057
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti

Reviewed By chicagostewardess - Chicago, Illinois, United States

We came to Pescia by accident because we missed the bus to our original destination. Having 2 teenagers that are glued to their phones hasn't been easy so we walked around Pescia and came across this Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti. The signor at the front desk was extremely accommodating and his English was pretty good. He wanted us to stay and visit the exhibit and walked us upstairs to our guide, Francesco who walked is through the copies of the maestro's works. Francesco spoke perfect English and was informative about the pieces. What struck me were the propaganda pieces done during the Facism era, with the dead soldier/son in mother Italy's arms but she was more concerned about continuing the fight.
The staff here was extremely friendly and even called the TI because we had left our umbrellas in the Gipsoteca.
Plus the views of Pescia from the Gipsoteca are beautiful.

8. Piazza Mazzini

Piazza Mazzini, 51017, Pescia, Italy
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 29 reviews

Piazza Mazzini

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

This square, with its sides decayed to host a long row of parked cars, witnesses the inability of a majority of Pescia citizens as well as of the local government, to keep the car parking function away from the most representative square in the city; Ie, from an environment that would be a real "reception room", but which is so hopelessly scarred.
In Italy of the 1960s such squares were the rule. Fortunately a long time has gone since then. But in Pescia, unfortunately, this time has gone in vain.
Of course, I don't want to deny the beauty of the buildings that surround the square: firstly the "Vicar's Palace" and the Town Hall in the north side, and even more, the splendid "Madonna di Pie' di Piazza" in the south side. And even less I want to deny the beauty of the square as a whole: these are indeed the reasons why I don't get an even lower score for this attraction.
It remains that in my view the citizens of Pescia are unable to handle this square, to keep it in the same noble conditions in which they have received it from past generations.

9. Chiesa SS. Andrea e Lucia

Via Per Pontito, 51017 Pontito, Pescia, Italy +39 328 828 0265
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Chiesa SS. Andrea e Lucia

Reviewed By Vladimirto - Milan, Italy

Bellissima chiesa , bellissimo posto.
Si trova in una valle tra Pistoia e Lucca, romanica , al suo interno interessanti opere , così come é interessante la zona tutta intorno.
Consigliata

10. Chiesa della Madonna di Pie di Piazza

Via Santa Maria 4/28, 51017, Pescia, Italy
Excellent
58%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Chiesa della Madonna di Pie di Piazza

Reviewed By DeGustibus67 - Turin, Italy

A sud dell'"ellittica" piazza Mazzini ed in una sorta di contrapposizione con il bel palazzo del Vicario, sorge la chiesa della Madonna di Piè di Piazza, edificata nel XV secolo.

L'aspetto che balza agli occhi è un piccolo sistema di grandi arcate che si può in pare intuire, anche perché poi la chiesa ha subito importanti trasformazioni e rimaneggiamenti nel corso dei secoli.
All'interno bello il ricco e seicentesco soffitto ligneo, mentre pregevole è l'affresco raffigurante la Madonna con il Bambino.

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