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PISTOIA. Day & Night

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Lying peacefully at the foot of the Apennines, Pistoia (from Grotta Giusti 20 mins by car, 10 mins by train) deserves much more attention than what it usually gets from tourists. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings (from 8 am to 1 pm), Piazza del Duomo and nearby streets are filled with  market stalls of all kinds, where you can make real bargains and find designer pieces and cashmere knits at giveaway prices. The fruit and vegetable market is held in Piazza della Sala, to the west of the Cathedral, not far from the tourist bureau. Every year, on July 25, Piazza del Duomo hosts the Bear Joust (a medieval horse tournament to celebrate St. James, the city’s patron saint).



Art treasures: the Pisan Romanesque-style façade of St. Zeno’s Cathedral (the Duomo) and the sixteenth-century octagonal-shaped Baptistery; and the Church of St. Andrew, which houses the marble pulpit by Giovanni Pisano dating back to the late 1200s

Worth visiting: the Marino Marini Museum devoted to the famous artist from Pistoia. 

Eating and drinking: aperitivo time and the rest of the night out are traditionally spent in Piazza della Sala, the gathering place of all local youngsters, filled with bars, trattorias and restaurants, most of which have outdoor seating. Dining options for all tastes: from traditional to the more internationally-oriented cuisine.

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ITINERARIES. A stroll through villages 

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Many are the lovely villages scattered around Grotta Giusti thermal resort, which are definitely worth a special journey. Montevettolini: an ancient village of the Valdinievole area and home to a beautiful Medicean villa. Every second Saturday of September, the village travels back in time, amid jesters and fire-eaters, with its medieval festival.  

Montecatini Alto: are you in the mood for aperitivo with a view? This is the right place. The main square of this picturesque village, set at 300 meters above sea level, makes a perfect gathering place in the open. 

Collodi: the birthplace of Carlo Collodi, the author of Pinocchio, a cluster of houses and narrow streets running down from the hills to the wonderful eighteenth-century villa and the Pinocchio Park. Massa e Cozzile: in summertime, enjoy a walk through the ancient walls and small squares. Do not miss A spasso nel medioevo, the village fair held in late July including medieval dancing, games with musicians and flag-wavers and demonstrations of ancient trades. 

Buggiano: nestled in the hills between Montecatini and Pescia, this village is steeped in legends and age-old traditions, besides offering delicious local cooking.  

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WINE and FOOD: 5 not to be missed products of the territory

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Chocolate. In Monsummano Terme, the chocolate by chocolatier Andrea Slitti is among the most famous and appreciated in the world. His chocolates are small, precious handcrafted products: decorated, flavored, truffled or filled chocolates. A very rich chocolate collection, five-star delicacies to buy and give as a gift.



Cialde di Montecatini. Sweet, thin egg-made wafers with minced almonds and sugar and a light crispy texture. Best served with a cup of hot chocolate. The Sorana bean (I.G.P). A high quality product, small and irregular shaped with a thin, smooth and tender skin. Raw Milk Pecorino Cheese from the Pistoia mountains. A kind of cheese that is really special among Tuscan dairy products obtained with only Massese sheep full fat milk. 

DOC Wines. Wines produced in the province of Pistoia are the DOCG Chianti Montalbano (Montalbano is also a Chianti sub-zone), the white DOC Bianco di Valdinievole and the DOC Val di Nievole Vin Santo.

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