Pistoia is often compared to her big sister Florence. In reality this city and region is filled with surprises and cannot be compared with Florence or any other place in Tuscany. Pistoia is surrounded by green hills and mountains where during the winter even skiing is possible. The city of Pistoia and its surrounding offers a high level cultural and sport opportunities. no wonder Pistoia was the Italian capital of culture in 2017. Pistoia is also the home town of Pinocchio.
A cultural holiday or sportive holiday in Italy. Why are we giving these tips to the provice of Pistoia?
City getaway to little Florence
Pistoia was nominated the cultural capital of Europe in 2017. Despite this fact Pistoia remains relatively unknown to the tourists avoiding crowds and chaos. The city is filled with squares with monuments from Italian Renaissance period, modern art, an underground historic hospital, terraces and numerous shops. The cathedral from the 12th-century dedicated to ‘Saint Zeno of Verona’ and the current seat of the Bishop, on the Piazza del Duomo is one of the most important highlights.
Into the mountains: a cycling holiday in Italy
Pistoia’s northern part is mountainous of heights of nearly 1400 meters, which can be reached in both summer and winter. Within these mountains there are numerous mtb tracks trails that are numbered by its difficulty.
Getting lost in the mountain villages of Pistoia
Pistoia’s northern villages of Cutigliano and Abetona little has changed with time which will reflect a positively the way Tuscany is imagined. Collodi, can be found eastwards and is known for its ‘Villa Garzoni’ and the ‘Pinocchio park (Parco di Pinocchio)’ whereas Montecatini Terme provides Wellness Spas. South of Pistoia the mountain of Montalbano can be found which is within the green zone connecting Pistoia, Prato and Florence regions. These magnificent hilly areas there are numerous delightful places to be found, like ‘Lamporecchio’ with its sweet specialty ‘Brigdini’ and Vinci with the museum of the true, Leonardo da Vinci!
Walking holiday for the experienced hiker
Pistoia is a must for all experienced hikers. Its mountainous structure challenges even the most adventurous hiker.
Ski and extreme sport holiday
The Italian Apennines provides the opportunity to ski amongst the locals whereas the Pistoiese mountains provide a great opportunity to ski, weekend or midweek. The ski experience can be further enhanced by participating in a snow bike / fat bike tour and or by a day trip to Cutigliano and Pistoia. The mountains of northern Tuscany provide the opportunity for an adventure holiday, group or family, participating in extreme sports such as down hill skiing, down hill biking, climbing.