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The old town area is worth taking time to look at the buildings and take pictures. The baptistry and duomo are multi colored delights, decked out in green and white marble. San Zeno is from the 1108 time frame, but continued to improve into 17th century. Even until the 1960's, the facing and structure were modified. Inside the altar is the prominent feature., called Altar of ST. James. It was worked on by silversmiths starting in 1287 and continued into 15th century. It holds 627 statues and weighs 2 tons. That is large.
The bell tower is about 200 feet high. The Baptistery was built over 1338-59 and is beautiful green/white marble in Gothic style.
Updated Jul 14, 2009
This is in Piazza dell Sala on the north end of Piazza del Duomo. Is is form the 13-14th century and the name comes form the old phrase to raise tithings for the poor and sick. It became a hospital in in 16th century for Santa Maria Nuovo of Florence. The arch portico is form the Florence influence and the scene depicts a whole story. It is of the seven works of mercy.
Written Aug 22, 2008
This seemed like an easy city to manuveur around, so I tridged right into it. By the time I got turned around, and drove past the citta vecchio; old part of the city, I could not find how to access. Corso Antonio Gramisci, the main via goes west and then turns north on a 90 degree angle. That will throw a person off as to which way is up. WE backtracked, found a parking lot-pay for the space- and began walking. Even then could not find how to enter the old part, until asked tow locals who pointed real well. It is well hidden, in my opinion.
Written Aug 22, 2008
The Pallazzo Comune was built in 1290's to house a larger magistrate staff. It had continued add-ons for the next century. The walkover bridge to the cathedral was built in 1600's, thereby allowing the magistrates to enter the church readily. The last renovation was in 1922. The Bishops Palace in the red brick is from the 11th century. Years of the facade were modified and the palace expanded. It is now owned as a Casa Risparmio, but also has the cathedral museum.
Updated Aug 10, 2008
Very tiny restaurant that was recommended in my Eyewitness Italy Guide. We were pleasantly surprised how wonderful the food presentation and taste was. Very fancy by Italian standards but the prices were not outrageous. We had a salad, two antipasto dishes, one primo, one secondi, dessert and a bottle of wine at a grand total of €85.00.
Written Jul 7, 2011
Address: Via del Lastrone, 17, Pistoia, Italy 51100
WE thought we had it "aced" to get into the old part of the city. After driving past a couple of times and backtracking, we finally parked the vehicle and walked toward the direction of citta vecchio. Even then, and with a directional map in hand, we had to stop and ask for the street to take to get into the old part. It seemed easy on a map, but not always the case when the feet are on the ground,
Written Aug 12, 2008