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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy554 contributions
    In the heart of the pretty town of Pistoia, the perfect square to catch up with friends and eat something before dinner!
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • Michael H
    Norwich250 contributions
    How wonderful to find a traditional market square which was a bustling, thriving centre selling fresh fruit and vegetables. No transit vans or noisy generators here ... just simple covered market stalls selling high quality local produce and attracting good custom. Turn the clock back and this would be a scene from yesteryear! The smell, sound and local community engaging together was a delight, and exploring Pistoia was to reveal some stunning architecture and wonderful hidden surprises. Lots to see here and not as busy as many of the popular tourist destination in Tuscany.
    Written 25 May 2019
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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy554 contributions
    Pistoia is not a very well-known city, you mightn’t have heard about it so many times, but it offers some beauties too, such as the beautiful Cathedral of St. Zeno in the main square of the town. It’s in Romanic style, recognizable from the black stripes.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • G.B.
    871 contributions
    This church contains within it several works worthy of attention. I highly recommend a guided tour (we went with a tour organized by the Tourist Office), to discover all the features of the Pulpit made by Pisano (the son, however), with some truly spectacular sections.
    Written 16 November 2021
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  • LadureeFan
    Richmond, VA932 contributions
    We had a skip the line tickets for Brunelleschi's Dome which allowed us entrance to the Baptistry so we went. Not as impressive as other structures we visited....but glad we saw it. The doors are impressive so if you don't go inside, at least take a look at the doors.
    Written 25 November 2019
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  • ChicagoanWTraveler
    Gurnee, IL101 contributions
    Very well preserved WW II cemetery that honors the 462 WW II Brazilian soldiers fallen in defense of democracy fighting against Fachists and Nazis. A must go for anyone looking to learn more about the 25,000 Brazilian soldiers that foght to liberate Italy from Nazis.
    Written 3 August 2021
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  • G.B.
    871 contributions
    We came across this church almost by accident on our way back from downtown. It was evening and we found everything open and lit only by candles. The visit was really exciting. There is also a story linked to the painting inside, depicting the Madonna on a pillow that I invite you to go and discover. Definitely worth visiting even during the day, but in the dark everything becomes wonderful.
    Written 16 November 2021
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  • Borzov
    Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
    The Romanesque church was built in the 14th century on the site of the old Lombard church which was located outside the city walls, hence its name “Fuoricivitas” meaning “outside the city”. It is a huge structure with nice facade and very interesting interior. The most notable work is the white ceramic glaze by Luca della Robbia named “Visitation”.
    Written 16 October 2018
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  • Borzov
    Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
    The church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew the Apostle and named after the marsh area (“pantano”) that surrounded the building, is another gem of the city. It was founded in the 8th century and restored in the 12th century by Abbot Buono in the characteristically Romanesque style, with arches supported by the columns and marble decorations made in two different colors (usually white and dark green). The latest renovation aimed to bring the interior of the building in its original appearance, after many modifications made over the years, which also brought to light many forgotten frescoes.
    Written 17 October 2018
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  • Joanna H
    Norwich, England, United Kingdom85 contributions
    A walk in the park is always a delight but this time when I visited the music school that runs in the big house was running. from each window we heard the different sounds of young musicians practicing. It is so lovely to see this fabulous house being put to such use. it is what it deserves.
    Written 5 March 2019
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  • Borzov
    Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
    The church was built in the 15th century by design of the Jesuit architect Tommaso Ramignani. The interior decoration was designed by Cardinal Giulio Rospigliosi and the central altar was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The church, also known as Santo Spirito, has a very valuable collection of paintings and works of art, but it is mostly known for the two marvelous organs and the concerts of Baroque music.
    Written 17 October 2018
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  • G.B.
    871 contributions
    We booked the guided tour of the city in advance and I confirm that it is the best way to be able to discover all that this city offers. Pistoia is not as well known and renowned as other cities in the region, yet it has a lot to offer. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We walked for more than two hours throughout the city and, following the guide, we experienced the charm of this beautiful city.
    Written 16 November 2021
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  • Borzov
    Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
    The church was rebuilt on the 14th century oratory and modified several times in its history. The Major interventions were made to the presbytery in the 16th century and the front portico in the 17th century. The interior was refurbished in the baroque and rococo style with some very interesting decorations and paintings. The church is well worth the visit.
    Written 17 October 2018
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  • Borzov
    Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
    The present fortress was built on the remains of the 14th century fortification built by the Florentines and destroyed by the local forces twelve yeas later. Cosimo I ordered the construction of the new castle in 1539 based on design by Nanni Unghero. The purpose of the building was more to end the ambitions of the locals than to guard the city from the external threats. The building was later used as the barracks and military prison. The whole complex is in a pretty good shape, but without detailed explanations or information, which is a shame because it is well worth the visit.
    Written 16 October 2018
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  • Tom h
    30 contributions
    We stayed in Pistoia because the hotel in Firenze was overbooked, this little town has a lot to offer and this church is one of Its little known treasures. It's a nice sample of religious Tuscan architecture.
    Written 7 November 2016
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