Attractions

Top Choice Church in Pistoia

Chiesa di Sant'Andrea

This 12th-century church was built outside the original city walls, hence its windowless (fortified) state. The partly white-and-green marble-striped facade is enlivened by a relief of the Journey and Adoration of t…
Top Choice Museum in Pistoia

Museo Marino Marini

This gallery inside Palazzo del Tau is devoted to Pistoia's most famous modern son, eponymous sculptor and painter Marino Marini (1901–80). Dozens of his drawings and paintings – mainly of female nudes (pear-shaped,…
Top Choice Cathedral in Pistoia

Cattedrale di San Zeno

This cathedral with beautiful Pisan-Romanesque facade and sky-high brick campanile (bell tower) safeguards a lunette of the Madonna and Child between two angels by Andrea della Robbia. Its other highlight, in Cappel…
Museum in Pistoia

Museo dell'Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi

The bishops' palace, the oldest building in Pistoia wedged next to the cathedral, provides a fascinating tour of Pistoia's urban history, ranging from touchable scale models of key architectural gems such as Pistoia…
Top Choice Christian Site in Pistoia

Battistero di San Giovanni

Across the square from the cathedral is this 14th-century octagonal baptistry, elegantly banded in green-and-white marble to a design by Andrea Pisano. An ornate square marble font and soaring dome enliven the other…
Museum in Pistoia

Palazzo Fabroni

Take a breather from the ancient with this spacious and airy contemporary art museum, host to riveting temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection amassed through exhibiting artists donating works to the galler…
Monument in Pistoia

Ospedale del Ceppo

The facade of this former hospital, sparkling after recent renovation works, stuns with its 16th-century polychrome terracotta frieze by Giovanni della Robbia. It depicts the Sette Opere di Misericordia (Seven Works…
Gardens in Pistoia

Fattoria di Celle

A tea house, aviary and other romantic 19th-century follies mingle with cutting-edge art installations created by the world's top contemporary artists at Fattoria di Celle, 5km from Pistoia. The extraordinary privat…
Piazza in Pistoia

Piazzetta degli Ortaggi

Don't miss pretty this beautiful bijou square with its laid-back cafe life and striking, life-size sculpture of three blindfolded men, Giro di Sole (Around the Sun; 1996) by contemporary Pistoia artist Roberto Barni…
Gallery in Pistoia

Museo Civico

Pistoia's Gothic Palazzo Communale is strung with works by Tuscan artists from the 13th to 20th centuries. Don't miss Bernardino di Antonio Detti's Madonna della Pergola (1498) with its modern treatment of St James,…