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Swiss Pesciatina
 
Swiss Pesciatina

A walk through the historical streets of Pistoia begins in Piazza del Duomo with its wonderful surrounding buildings - the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Bishops' palace and the town halls. Proceed next to the ancient "Ospedale del Ceppo" with its sixteenth century Della Robbia ceramic frieze decorating the facade. Don't miss a visit to the mediaeval Piazza del Mercato and the recently restored adjoining streets.

The Province - Il Padule
The "Padule" is a protected marshy area of 1500 hectares where it is still possible to find rare species of fish and bird-life.
However you travel in the Padule, be it on foot, horseback, bicycle or in a traditional small boat, you travel slowly so as to appreciate the details and movement in the cane-stands and on the canal banks.
We advise you to bring binoculars and camera.

 
Swiss Pesciatina

Montecatini - The Spas
Some of the best known spas in Europe, the richness and variety of the waters offer the visitor the widest range of water and mud therapies.
To visit: the Palazzo Civico, the Tamerici, Leopoldine and Tettuccio spas, the last with wonderful Liberty stlye ceramics. Alongside the Tettuccio spa is the Dino Scalabrino Accademia d'Arte with works by Dali, MirŚ, Annigoni, Guttuso, Messina, Viani, Fattori, DuprĖ and many others
Ponte Buggianese
Well worth a visit is the parish church, entirely frescoed by Pietro Annigoni with scenes representing the descent and resurrection of Christ.
Ponte Buggianese
Merita una visita  la  Chiesa Parrocchiale  interamente affrescata da Pietro Annigoni con scene che rappresentano la Morte e la Resurrezione di Cristo.

 

Pescia - The City
Founded in the eleventh century around two centres, one on either side of the river; on the right the civic centre with the Mercato Longo (now Piazza Mazzini), and on the left the religious centre, with its cathedral. This system of two distinct urban nuclei is perhaps unique in the world. In 1600 Cosimo Medici III promoted Pescia to city status. In the past the economy has been based on silk, paper, tanning and milling. Nowadays, the main industries are nurseries and the production of cut flowers which are exported throughout the world.
What to see: the church of San Francesco, dating from 1235 and the Altarpiece decorated by Bonaventura Berlinghieri; the sixteenth century convent of Colleviti; the church of Saints Pietro and Paolo (or Madonna di Pič di Piazza), built in 1447 by Andrea Cavalcanti and long believed the work of Brunelleschi; the Porta Fiorentina, a baroque triumphal arch built in 1723; the church of Santa Maddalena, dating from 1700 with its painted cedar of Lebanon cross; the Teatro Pacini; the Palazzo del Podestą (or Palagio), home to the gallery dedicated to the sculptor Libero Andreotti

Some of the best known spas in Europe, the richness and variety of the waters offer the visitor the widest range of water and mud therapies.
To visit: the Palazzo Civico, the Tamerici, Leopoldine and Tettuccio spas, the last with wonderful Liberty stlye ceramics. Alongside the Tettuccio spa is the Dino Scalabrino Accademia d'Arte with works by Dali, MirŚ, Annigoni, Guttuso, Messina, Viani, Fattori, DuprĖ and many others
Ponte Buggianese
Well worth a visit is the parish church, entirely frescoed by Pietro Annigoni with scenes representing the descent and resurrection of Christ.
Pescia - The City
Founded in the eleventh century around two centres, one on either side of the river; on the right the civic centre with the Mercato Longo (now Piazza Mazzini), and on the left the religious centre, with its cathedral. This system of two distinct urban nuclei is perhaps unique in the world. In 1600 Cosimo Medici III promoted Pescia to city status. In the past the economy has been based on silk, paper, tanning and milling. Nowadays, the main industries are nurseries and the production of cut flowers which are exported throughout the world.
What to see: the church of San Francesco, dating from 1235 and the Altarpiece decorated by Bonaventura Berlinghieri; the sixteenth century convent of Colleviti; the church of Saints Pietro and Paolo (or Madonna di Pič di Piazza), built in 1447 by Andrea Cavalcanti and long believed the work of Brunelleschi; the Porta Fiorentina, a baroque triumphal arch built in 1723; the church of Santa Maddalena, dating from 1700 with its painted cedar of Lebanon cross; the Teatro Pacini; the Palazzo del Podestą (or Palagio), home to the gallery dedicated to the sculptor Libero Andreotti



 

La Svizzera Pesciatina

It appears that the Swiss historian and economist Sismondi coined the phrase "Svizzera pesciatina" to describe the valleys north of the city of Pescia. It is a hilly and mountainous area of particular charm, green and richly forested. Scattered throughout like small precious gems are ten mediaeval villages. Some on the slopes, some on the ridges, they are all well preserved and offer panoramic views framed by archways, gateways and alleyways.
Collodi

Collodi offers three main attractions, not all as well known as they should be. The old mediaeval village, a cascade of houses along the spine of a rugged hill; Villa Garzoni, constructed in the middle of the seventeenth century on the the ruins of an old castle, with its baroque garden one of the finest examples in Italy; the Pinocchio park, a rare example of collected pieces by artists such as Giovanni Michelucci, Emilio Greco, Venturino Venturi and Pietro Cansagra. Among other things it boasts a trail through a fantasy land covering over a hectare of Mediterranean garden populated with sculptures of the main characters of the story. Pinocchio must surely be the best known Italian book in the world.



 
 
 
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Montaione

Montecatini Val di Cecina

Monteverdi Marittimo e Querceto

Pomarance

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Stintino

Amantea

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Svizzera Pesciatina 7 farms in a spectacular position among woods and olive groves

 
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