Province of Pistoia travel guide
Most important cities
Pistoia is the capital of the province. The city is located west of Florence. Despite having a pleasant historical center, Pistoia is not a very well-known tourist destination. Its population is below 100,000 people. Its most famous sights are the Cathedral and the Ospedale del Ceppo.
Abetone Cutigliano is the main ski resort in the Apennines. The town, which has only existed since 1036, is very small and has less than a thousand inhabitants. The town is named after a huge spruce tree that had to be felled during the construction of a road through the Apennines. The construction of this road was commissioned by the D’Este and Lorraine families.
Quarrata is the second biggest city of the province and the only one with a monument on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This Villa La Magia was constructed in 1320. It started its existence as a castle, but was, when the Medici acquired it in the late 16th century, turned into a castle.