Posted by: debrakolkka | October 21, 2011

An afternoon in Pescia

The town of Pescia sits between Lucca and Florence. Both of these cities squabbled over Pescia in the middle ages. Lucca occupied and destroyed Pescia during the 13th century. The town was rebuilt only to be taken over by Florence in 1339 after a 10 year war.

The economy of the town was based on the silk industry. Mulberry trees were cultivated and the breeding of silkworms was widespread. In the 19th century the town became known as the “little Manchester of Tuscany.” Napoleon put an end to all this when he ordered the growing of sugarbeet instead of mulberries.

These days Pescia is known for flower growing, especially carnations and paper making.

the old entrance to Pescia

the campanile of the cathedral and Pescia rooftops

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta dates from the 5th – 6th century. The oldest surviving remains are from the 13th century. The bell tower dates from 1306. I find it incredible that these buildings are still standing.

the dome of the cathedral

the dome in the cathedral

closer

some interesting relics

lovely faces

The nearby Chiesa di S.Maria Maddalena is also worth a visit.

the dome of Chiesa Maddalena

inside the church

climbing to heaven

a heavenly face

We arrived in Pescia in siesta time, never the best time to arrive in an Italian town. Little was open. I would have loved to have had a look in this interesting leather shop. Guidi supplies the leather to make the shoes and bags.

Borseria Della Nina

shoes under way

the finished product

We wandered the streets for a while.

a very Italian scene

an interesting crest

Alessia and Taro took us to a wonderful enoteca for a glass of wine and the delicious taste treats that were set out for us.

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Enoteca Malucchi

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inside

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delicious treats to go with our wine

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a photo of old Pescia

a loaded wagon

Pescia is well worth a visit. If you don’t drive, take the train. It is on the line between Lucca and Florence.
Say hello to the lovely boys at the enoteca if you go.

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  1. Looks gorgeous.

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    • Pescia is a cute little place and it really came alive in the evening.

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  2. You always find the good looking ragazzi Roz

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  3. This is true. Show us more handsome ragazzi Debra :))))
    Nice posting!
    Rosaly

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  4. I would love to own a pair of those beautifully stitched brown brogues and the matching bag. Obviously, there is pride in the way those shoes are crafted.

    There’s always something calming within the cathedrals of these old towns. Adore those angelic faces and the handsome boys! Can see why some Italian men are called ‘Lotharios’ … in a nice way … 🙂

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  5. Why didn’t we meet these boys in May!!!!

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  6. nice pictures, loved them all,

    http://www.chandnidossani.wordpress.com

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  7. Looks amazing!

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  8. At a certain stage of our “house hunting”, we used to go to Pescia quite frequently as a local real estage agent had a couple of properties which were interesting. He also showed us around the “Svizzera Pesciatina” (Pescia’s Switzerland), the local hinterland which is worth visiting.
    The crest that you photographed is the personal coat of arms of a former Bishop of Pescia (I do not know which one, but certainly the one who built the building where it is located). Pescia has a Cathedral and, for this reason, it has a Bishop. Notice that the crest is topped by a Bishop’s hat instead of the usual helmets or crowns.

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    • I have been up into the hills behind Pescia. The area is beautiful, particularly in autumn. There are some wonderful small villages up there.

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  9. Haha look at those boys and their expressions! 😛

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  10. Wonderful, and very cool the town is known for its paper making. 🙂

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    • There is an enormous flower market there as well. I will go one day.

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  11. The cathedral is amazing. And, goodness, that bell tower’s survival after all this time simply blows me away. Great post, Deb!
    Kathy

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    • It is incredible that these buildings last so long. The Italians are good builders.

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  12. We didn’t go there, although we did drive between Florence and Lucca. I love these little towns. Next time!

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    • There are too many to see, but we have to keep trying.

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  13. Wow I’m so envious of your afternoon spent in Pescia! The history is an interesting read – shame about the mulberry trees. Love the octagonal shape design in the dome of the cathedral.

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    • Lucca was also known for silk. It is a pity there is nothing left to see.

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  14. Beautiful. Especially the the old entrance to Pescia, fascinated me. The lights and shadows giving so impressive touches… This was a wonderful afternoon visit for me too, as if I was there in my own afternoon times…Thank you, with my love, nia

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    • The old entrance is quite lovely. It seems strange for modern cars to be driving through.

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  15. Lovely town and added to my list of places to visit.
    If you ever want to see the Piaggio factory museum go to the town of Pontedera. Its realy worth a visit seeing all these very old scooters and one of the rarest collections of old special Gilera motorcycles you will never see elsewhere. They also made trains and aeroplanes which are also on display. They even raced the old scooters in the 1950’s from Milan to Toranto (the full length of Italy) I met one of the factory racers of the time. They only took 17 hours to cover the whole distance, only stopping for fuel. Toilet needs were done on the bike. Pffffffffffffff The riders were poor and earned some extra money by racing, Hopefully for factory teams.

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    • Luis, of Paris Boheme fame , is from Pontedera. He told us about the factory and museum. We are definitely going there, it sounds great.

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  16. Fabulous Post Deb.

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  17. I do enjoy your trips…

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  18. I never saw this post …. so you know I’m smiling.

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