Ospedale del Ceppo & Pistoia Sotterranea
Pistoia's Gothic Palazzo Communale is strung with works by Tuscan artists from the 13th to 20th centuries. Don't miss Bernardino di...
Cattedrale di San Zeno
This cathedral with a beautiful Pisan-Romanesque facade safeguards a lunette of the Madonna and Child between two angels by Andrea della...
Battistero di San Giovanni
Across from the cathedral is the 14th-century octagonal baptistry, elegantly banded in green-and-white marble to a design by Andrea...
Osteria La BotteGaia
Dishes range from staunchly traditional to experimental at this Slow Food–hailed osteria, known for its finely butchered cured meats...
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Ospedale del Ceppo & Pistoia Sotterranea information
The facade of Ospedale del Ceppo , with its 16th-century polychrome terracotta frieze by Giovanni della Robbia, stops even the most monument-weary in their tracks. It depicts the Sette Opere di Misericordia (Seven Works of Mercy), while the five medallions represent the Virtù Teologali (Theological Virtues).
Even more astonishing is the underground labyrinth that weaves its way beneath the ancient hospital.
Known as Pistoia Sotteranea, one-hour guided visits take visitors underground into the belly of the 13th-century hospital, an important school of surgery in the 16th century. Ogle at subterranean rivers, old surgical tools, scalpels and all sorts.