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The province of Pistoia

Although the province of Pistoia doesn’t have access to the sea, it is still famous for water. People from all over the world come here for the thermal springs to improve their health. Montecatini Terme and Monsummano Termeare the most prestigious and popular balneal resorts of this area.

Arms are one more reason for popularity of the province. It was Pistoia where the first pistols appeared. They have kept the connection with the province through their name.

Today Pistoia flourishes thanks to peaceful activities, such as gardening, yarning, musical instruments production. Moreover, Pistoia is one of the tourism destinations in Tuscany. The mountain areas of the province, such as Albetone, provide an outstanding opportunity for ski mountaineering. Plane area invites you to a variety of sightseeing tours. Besides, the architecture of Pistoia is worth observing.

Pescia is a town where you can enjoy the view of millions of roses and other beautiful flowers.

The main attraction of the small town of Collodi is Pinoccio. The cute playful boy has become the central figure of the Pinoccio park with the sculptures of all characters of the famous book.


Famous people of the province of Pistoia:

Cino da Pistoia  (Pistoia, 1270-1336) – outstanding poet, a friend of Dante.

Carlo Collodi, real name: Carlo Lorenzini  (Collodi, 1826 – 1890) – journalist and writer, creator of Pinoccio.

Marino Marini  (Pistoia, 1901 – 1980) – artist.

Giovanni Michelucci  (Pistoia, 1891 – 1990) – architect.


The city of Pistoia appeared as a Roman settlement. The grand San Zeno Cathedral, which resembles an amphitheater and is an example of both roman and pisan styles, is located on Cathedral Square. The tomb of Chino da Pistoia, who was a poet and a friend of Dante, is in its southern nave.

Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is one of the most prestigious and popular thermal resorts not just in Italy, but all over the world. The town attracts not only by health improvement options, but also by great infrastructure. There are all facilities for sport and cultural recreation here. Undoubtedly, shopping lovers will be satisfied as well.


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The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.