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Pistoia: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ Local Guide

1. Pistoia: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ Local Guide

On this 2.5-hour private tour you'll walk through the medieval city of Pistoia to discover its most important squares, palaces, churches and ancient buildings. Although not visited as much as other cities in Tuscany, Pistoia presents a well-preserved and charming medieval city inside the old walls. Following your dedicated guide, you'll see the Church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas and the Piazza della Sala, with the famous Pozzo del Leoncino. You'll then walk to Piazza Duomo, where you can choose to take a visit inside the dome and the Silver Altar of San Jacopo. Your guide will then tell you about Palazzo Pretorio, its frescoed atrium and about the Baptistry (external and internal). On this tour you'll get the chance to see the Ospedale del Ceppo with the Robbian frieze and the Church of Sant'Andrea with the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano. Discover an authentic typical Italian medieval city in the beautiful region of Tuscany!

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Pistoia: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour with A Local Guide

2. Pistoia: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour with A Local Guide

After the successful restoration of buildings and monuments, Pistoia has opened its gates to visitors from all over the world to introduce its historical and architectural heritage to people. Discover this hidden gem in Tuscany and immerse in its beautiful architecture, medieval churches, art museums, and great gastronomy. Follow your guide to the historic center. Visit the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Church of Sant'Andrea, and San Giovanni Fuoricivitas. See the Ospedale del Ceppo with the Museum of Health, which boasts a rich collection of surgical instruments that belonged to the medieval medical school. The 11th-century palace of Palazzo dei Vescovi houses several museums. You can tour the Civic Museum, which collects the most significant examples of art in Pistoia from the 13th to the 20th century. Delve into local historical crafts at the Marino Marini Museum or the Embroidery Museum. Get introduced to the region's traditions and gastronomy by trying the famous Confetti Ricci of Pistoia or brignoccoluto in a historic pastry shop.

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Pistoia: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

3. Pistoia: 2-Hour City Walking Tour

Starting from the Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi, your guide leads you to the first monument of your tour, the Church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas. This church began its construction in the 1st century A.D., and is admired for its use of a dichromatic decoration, displayed in both white and green marble. Continuing to your next destination, discover the Piazza del Duomo, which encompasses some of the most important buildings in the city. Your tour then advances to the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Corte and the Cathedral of San Zeno. This cathedral contains the Treasure of San Jacopo, along with its famous Silver Altar. The Piazza del Duomo is next on your agenga, where you can discover its important buildings: Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Pretorio, and the Palazzo Comunale. Currently the home of a civic museum, the Piazza del Duomo was built between the 13th and 14th centuries and was known to be the historical seat of the city’s political power. Due to the building’s powerful and massive walls, it displays the charm of that era along with it being an example of the ancient medieval construction techniques. At the conclusion of the tour, your final stop is to the famous Pieve di Sant 'Andrea, another important place of worship. It is a clear example of the Italian-Romanesque style, which dates back to the 12th century A.D.

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