What to do and see in Province of Pistoia, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

August 28, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

The province of Pistoia (Italian: provincia di Pistoia) is a province in the Tuscany region of central Italy. Its capital is the city of Pistoia and the province is landlocked. It has an area of 964.12 square kilometres (372.25 sq mi) and a total population of 291,788 inhabitants (as of 2015). There are 22 communes in the province.
Restaurants in Province of Pistoia

1. Sant'Andrea

Via Sant'Andrea, Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 21912
Excellent
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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
Excellent
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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. Funicolare di Montecatini Terme

Viale Diaz, 22, 51016, Montecatini Terme, Italy
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Funicolare di Montecatini Terme

Siamo aperti tutti i giorni dalle ore 9,30 alle ore 13 e dalle 14,30 alle 24. Venite a trovarci !!!

Reviewed By gillkeithClonmel - Clonmel

when we arrived after a long wait(made a mistake with timetable, the railway shuts for lunch for some inexplicable reason.) the area was delightful, the ancient church was a delight, a few relics, like an old thumb, the said saint being the patron saint of...MoreNext time, you make a favor to everyone, you stay at home at least do not break the balls and do not write stupid things.

4. Montecatini Alto

51016, Montecatini Terme, Italy +39 0572 090295
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Montecatini Alto

Reviewed By gpbraun - manassas virginia

don't miss visiting. rather than driving or taking the funicular, try walking the trail....it was a great adventure

5. 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. ...

6. 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.

7. Ospedale del Ceppo

Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Pistoia, Italy +39 0573 368023
Excellent
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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.

8. 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.

9. Ponte Sospeso di San Marcello Pistoiese

Via Anghiari 195, 51028, San Marcello Pistoiese, Italy
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4.5 based on 271 reviews

Ponte Sospeso di San Marcello Pistoiese

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

This suspension bridge is remarkable for at least two reasons.
The first is its character in itself, of engineering work that arouses strong emotions in visitors, being one of the longest pedestrian suspended Bridges in the world.
Some reviewers wrote that the path isn't recommended for those with fear of heights. I would fade this statement: I suffer from fear of heights, but I crossed the bridge without major problems. I would say that those who aren't afraid to get on a ropeway, can also enjoy this bridge: it is well protected by closed railings, and even if you wanted you could not fall.
The second reason of interest is that it tells to us of a recent past (about a century ago) in which this region was the center of busy metallurgical industries, today completely disappeared and becoming subject of industrial archeology. It is just to shorten the walking trails of the workers who came to the factories, that this bridge was built, which is also now only a tourist attraction

10. Lago Nero

51021 Abetone, Italy
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Lago Nero

Reviewed By Cesare G - Popiglio

This small, beautiful lake is best visited in autumn when the colours are amazing due to the "mirtille" plants all have gone red [see images]. The lake is home to a rare frog [only lives here] btw. Directions to get to Lago Nero. Drive up to Abetone [from La Lima]. Just before the village of Abetone [a dreadful place btw] you will see a sign at the left of the main road for Val di Luce [downhill] and the botanical Gardens [uphill]. When you arrive at the bot. Gardens, park in front, or when full, drive a bit further up on the road where you will see a large parking lot [used in the old days for skiers]. Put on your walking boots and walk appr. up in 1,5 hours [uphill] to Lago Nero [signposted, track 102 and 104]. When arriving at Lago Nero [there is a rifugio, open all year] you have many other possibilities to hike further up. One of the nicest ones i.m.o. is to go further uphill to Campolino [track 100] where you may encounter marmots on the rocks on the way up. Used to be an old ski station which was removed a few years ago. Take water and food with you.

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