Pistoia doesn’t attract as many tourists as it should. It is a gorgeous medieval town with some stunning buildings. I have been several times and I love to wander the streets enjoying an authentic Italian city.
At the centre of town is Piazza del Duomo. There is something amazing to see on all sides, including the Duomo…
Above the entrance is a magnificent Della Robbia arch.
and Palazzo del Pretorio…
and this building, the name of which I don’t remember.
Wednesday and Saturday are market days when the streets bustle with shoppers.
I particularly like the food markets.
On the way to the markets we walked down a wonderful old street where the original shops with their display benches are still there.
The food shops in Pistoia are very inviting.
This restaurant called to me…next time.
A very popular place to meet for coffee or something delicious to eat is Le Grand Cafe du Globe.
We were delighted to meet Michela Ricciarelli, who writes a great blog about Pistoia. She took us to her favourite cafe where I had one of the best pastries I have eaten in all of Italy. I would go back to Pistoia just for another apple pastry.
This is gorgeous Michela.
Be sure to check out her blog…Passion 4 food 4 fashion. She loves Pistoia and is a perfect ambassador for the city.
Here are some more photos of picturesque Pistoia.
Put Pistoia on your list of Italian towns to visit. It is only 30 kilometres from Florence and is easily accessible by train from there. Don’t miss it.