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Pistoia is the capital city of Italian culture for 2017, a beautiful historical town in Tuscany, which for a long time has long been hidden behind its three historic walls, between the hills and the Apennines, and almost deliberately remained in the shadow between Florence and Lucca.
This prestigious award is bestowed on literary festivals, cultural appointments and many initiatives in the details or in some primates of excellence such as the leading nursery art market in Europe, the organ manufacturing that brought a Pistoia organ to the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, and the art of goldsmithing.
The beauty of Pistoia today is the quality of life of this small town, but not provincial, rich in gothic and baroque churches, unexpected artistic treasures where the medieval fabric mixes with Roman origins, and perhaps even Etruscans. The gothic and the romanic alternate with the modern, appearing on the sprawl, on the facades of the historical palaces, to end with the contemporary inside, in the foundations devoted to its artists, animated by so many locals that make it alive and also a destination for appointments Nocturnal, even from nearby towns, all year long.
The location of the "square" city, almost exclusively cycling and pedestrian, is ideal for all tastes.
In the city, the visit begins with the walk to Piazza del Duomo, the fulcrum of city life even in the past, with the Bishop's Palace, now home to the diocesan museum and also accessible to the Etruscan basements, the palace of the commune, which recalls the past from A town with its beautiful civic museum and its presence in the sixteenth-century frescoes, the pretorio palace or the court, the great Gothic baptistery in white stones and the cathedral of San Zeno with the ancient medieval tower of Catilina offering a Beautiful view from its top 30 meters.
From here you proceed to the historic Palazzo Fabroni, which is right in front of the church Sant'Andra's chest, which preserves the Gothic pulpit of the sculptor Giovanni Pisano.
Palazzo Fabroni is always able to visit new exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection of Pistoia artists and a showcase of works by authors who have exhibited here, including among others the bells of Jannis Kounellis.
For Pistoia Culture 2017 all civic museums are free and therefore there is no entry ticket.
For those who love contemporary art, the Marino Marini foundation in the ancient Tau convent is also worthy of a visit. Indeed, this great Pistoia sculptor continues to fascinate with the drawings and statues of his women, horses and knights , Offered to the public by the foundation dedicated to him by his wife Marina.
Last but not least, visit the Celle farm on the hill with a view of the city, a sixteenth-century treasure with a 32 hectares of environmental art park with specific site-specific works, including by Beverly Pepper, Jean Michel Folon, Daniel Buren, Richard Serra, Martha Pan, who collector Giovanni Gori gives to the city and to anyone who wants to visit it.
More info and events: Pistoia Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2017
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