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Pistoia (Italy)

Group of people with disabilities at winter sportsWelcome to Pistoia and Province

A few kilometres from the more famous destinations in Tuscany, a little off the usual tourist track, the province of Pistoia, with its beautiful scenery and its rich artistic and cultural heritage, is a real discovery.

Art treasures can be found everywhere, in the beautiful old town centres of Pistoia and Pescia, in the famous spa town of Montecatini with its Art Nouveau buildings, or in the numerous villas. Evidence of a great medieval past can be seen in the many Romanesque churches scattered throughout the old centre of Pistoia. Contemporary art and architecture is also represented.

The Pistoia surroundings are still unspoilt, made up of genuine, picturesque scenery, typical of the Apennines and rich in flora and fauna. Between panoramic points and gentle hills, nature reserves and protected areas, the visitor will travel through splendid woods; will come across lakes, valleys, hillocks cultivated as gardens and fields covered with age-old olive trees and grapevines.

The Pistoia area is a land rich in traditions. In the cities and the small villages, all year round, historical re-enactments, religious commemorations, folk displays, festivals and feast days take place, all of which have their roots in the culture of the Tuscan people.

Accessibility

Pistoia is accessible and visitor-friendly. Anybody can easily visit it, people with disabilities, families with young children or elderly people.

The local authorities together with associations and operators are committed to making the region easily accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. Through the project “Pistoia for all”, they have improved the accessibility of tourists services. A wheelchair friendly walk in the old city, the tactile museum presenting the city through the sense of touching, an underground walk though caverns accessible to people with reduced mobility or visual impairment, accessible nature rails are just some of many examples.

The guide book “Pistoia for all - Guide to accessible tourism in the province of Pistoia” provides plenty of useful data and is also available in Braille and audio edition.

Sightseeing tips

  • Visit lakes and canals in the Padule di Fucecchio wetland, and, when the water turns to snow and ice, ski on the mountains of Abetone;
  • Stay in the city of arts and discover the Romanesque and the Baroque, medieval art and contemporary art in our museums;
  • Take the time to learn about popular traditions in the "Ecomuseum” of the Pistoia Mountains;
  • Enjoy the spa waters of Montecatini and Monsummano where hot springs sooth both mind and body, granting physical relaxation and internal serenity.
Last update: 14/01/2014 | Top