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Pistoia

Pretty Pistoia sits snugly at the foot of the Apennines. An easy day trip from Pisa, Lucca or Florence, it thoroughly deserved its 2017 status as European City of Culture. A town that has grown well beyond its medieval ramparts, its centro storico (historic centre) is well preserved and stands guardian to striking contemporary art.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays a morning market transforms Pistoia's main square, Piazza del Duomo, and seemingly every surrounding street into a lively sea of colourful awnings and busy shoppers. Monday to Saturday, peruse open-air stalls heaped with seasonal fruit and vegetables on tiny Piazza della Sala.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Pistoia.