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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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  • 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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  • ktbeenthere2015
    New York City, NY164 contributions
    Not intending to go to Pistoia, I was delightfully surprised when visiting this town and discovering a place that is not on the beaten path. We originally were drawn to the beautiful ceramic glaze frieze with figures depicting the acts of mercy on the hospital (worth the time to see) when we happened upon the Pistoia Sotterranea. We arrived at the start of an English tour. Our guide, Silvia, made the tour interesting using her sense of humor to highlight points along the way. Part of the tour that gets second billing was the medical school anatomy lab where dissections of human cadavers by medical students took place in the 18th Century. The room is a work of art, and we all wanted to sit in the room a little while. (I wish there was more information on the life of med students in the 1700s, how much money was required to attend a school like this, was this considered prestigious?) The subterranean tour is the main billing and piques your interest at how to dispose of garbage, did they ever clean the river (in the way we might now), was there ever a low river or shortage of water flow backing up dead animals or other blockages under the hospital, how does usage of the river for waste affect clean water supply, and how were they able to create such durable vaults 500 years ago.

    I agree with another comment that "those looking for the wow factor will be disappointed, but we like to see things from alternate viewpoints so enjoyed the experience." This is one of those places. If you catch it on the right day and you are in a frame of mind to be open to it, it is a 5 star event.

    If you are claustrophobic, you should consider if you will be comfortable. There are stairs and a low ceiling, someone with walking difficulties should ask questions before descending (it is not long, difficult or far but it is uneven).
    Written 4 January 2019
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  • G.B.
    871 contributions
    The ornaments on the facade of this structure are truly unique. The very long frieze is totally in terracotta and represents the seven works of mercy. The rounds below, of equal beauty, represent instead sacred images. I suggest a guided tour to better understand the meaning of the entire work.
    Written 16 November 2021
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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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  • 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 bishop’s palace is among the oldest buildings in the city. It is mentioned even in the 11th century as the fortified residence that was later converted to a mansion. It was restored in the last century to preserve its Gothic-Renaissance appearance and to host a museum. Located at the Piazza del Duomo, it is one of the most interesting building well worth the attention.
    Written 17 October 2018
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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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  • alexineberry
    Clitheroe, UK211 contributions
    Fourteenth Century Frescos in a charming chapel. Moreover it is FREE. Open mornings Mon-Sat only. We spent ages there and were the only visitors.
    Written 23 May 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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