"Look up old town" Pistoia by BruceDunning

Pistoia Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 145 photos

Old Medieval Citta

The founding of the city dates back to Etruscan era, but the Romans made it an important outpost in 500BCE along the Cassia Road for protection. The name came from Roman word pistol-pistoria-and changed to today's name.
Piazza dell Duomo is the main focus of the old part of the city, while it expanded in 12-13th centuries. SAn Zeno church is built over in 1108, from the first that was founded in 5th century was destroyed in fire.

Ornate BEll tower

This is next to the Duomo and one of the an attractive tower of Italy-my opinion.

Church San Zeno

The facade is Romanesque and has green and white striped marble and above the arches are saints perched along the top.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good architecture to view
  • Cons:May be hard to find a parking spot; had a time finding old town
  • In a nutshell:Nice stroll through the old town area and the buildings
  • Last visit to Pistoia: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    looks like a great little hidden corner

  • basstbn's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Thanks for your helpful tips and photos regarding Pistoia; anticipate visiting that village this fall. Happy Birthday, too!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    That relief at ospedale is stunning!! And the different colours of the duomo as well :-)

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Nice little page on this Tuscan town.


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