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How to Spend 24 Hours in Pistoia, the Italian Capital Culture for 2017

Picture of Francesca Masotti
Updated: 27 October 2017
Pistoia is one of the most charming and lovely cities of Tuscany, near Florence, and, even better, has few tourists. It has been nominated by the Italian Ministry of Culture as Italian Capital City of Culture for 2017.

7:00 a.m.

There is no better way to start a day with a hot chocolate and a croissant. This regenerative breakfast is what you need before you start your tour in Pistoia.

Hot Chocolate | © Davide e Paola/Flickr

8:00 a.m.

Pistoia is a small Tuscan town just 30 minutes from Florence. Recently, thanks to its nominee as Italian Capital of Culture, Pistoia became known worldwide. You won’t find hordes of tourists here like in Florence, so you can really enjoy everything that you do.

A must-see when in town is the Cathedral of San Zeno, a large church located in the main square of Pistoia where every summer hosts Pistoia Blues Festival, one of the most famous Italian events. Opposite the magnificent cathedral is an equally as opulent and impressive structure, the Baptistery of St. Zeno.

Cathedral of Pistoia | © John W. Schulze/Flickr

10:00 a.m.

For those who are intrigued by historical and religious artefacts, the Cathedral Treasury and Museo Capitolare is the perfect place to visit. Located in Piazza del Duomo, the museum contains a staggering amount of relics and artefacts taken from the Cathedral and other sources in Pistoia and surrounding neighborhoods.

12:00 Noon

It’s time to eat! Pistoia has a great gastronomy. You can taste Tuscan menus for fewer euros than in Florence or Pisa. Go to Piazza della Sala, the most lively area of Pistoia for plenty of good restaurants.

Piazza della Sala Pistoia | © Gerry Labrijn/Flickr

2:00 p.m.

One of the most beautiful buildings to see in Pistoia is San Giovanni Fuor Civitas, a church with a gorgeous façade that resembles the famous Duomo of Florence. Created in the 14th century, the northern face of the church is truly monumental and features a striped polychrome marble design.

4:00 p.m.

Situated to the west of Pistoia city centre you can find the Zoological Garden of Pistoia. This attraction, which covers over seven hectares and features more than 400 species of animal, is especially recommended if you are traveling with kids. The grounds are well maintained, and the habitats of the individual species are big.

6:00 p.m.

If you want to enjoy a cool aperitivo (the typical Italian drinking time with snacks before dinner), you need to go back to Piazza della Sala and choose one of the bars there. Order a glass of Tuscan wine and have fun with your friends.

8:00 p.m.

For dinner, choose a typical Tuscan restaurant to eat crostini, pappa al pomodoro and bistecca alla fiorentina. Pistoia has plenty of good restaurants, but one of the best is Rafanelli, a place where you can enjoy many Italian delicacies.