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Pistoia is a charming city and commune in Italy, being located more exactly within the Tuscany region, in the Pistoia province, being the capital of the province at the same time. The history of Pistoia goes back to the times when it was the center of Gallic, Ligurian and Etruscan settlements. Then, Pistoia became a Roman colony and became a royal city during the Lombardic kingdom. Pistoia has significantly developed ever since, though. According to the 2008 census, Pistoia has a total population of 90,072 residents, and spans on a total area of 91 square miles (236 sq km). Pistoia is a great provider of cultural and recreational opportunities that you will certainly enjoy when coming here.
Top Attractions within Pistoia
Piazza del Duomo is a very large square in Pistoia. The square houses some of the finest buildings in the city, such as the Palazzo del Comune, and the Palazzo del Podesta. The cathedral (duomo) is also worth visiting, as it has been beautifully restored.
The Cathedral of San Zeno is an impressive cathedral in Pistoia, dating back to the 5th century. Even though it burned out in 1108, the cathedral was rebuilt one century later and was significantly upgraded in the 17th century.
The Palazzo dei Vescovi (Bishops Palace) dates back to 1091, when it served as a fortified noble residence. During the 13th century, the palace was restored, receiving the white marble-decorated staircase, which is actually one of the most ancient examples in Italy in civil architecture.
Basilica of Our Lady of Humility (Madonna dell' Umilta) is a beautiful basilica in Pistoia dating back to 1509. Other religious buildings in Pistoia include the Baroque Santissima Annunziata, San Bartolomeo in Pantano, San Giovanni Battista, and many other small churches.
Restaurants. If you want to enjoy a delightful dining experience while in Pistoia, know that there are plenty of restaurants you can choose from. Examples include Taverna Gargantua, Lago Lo Specchio, La Dimora del Gusto, La Lanterna, La Panzanella, Il Duomo, Rafanelli, and many others.