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In this posting we move from India to Italy, to a city called Pistoia which lies about 30 km northwest of Florence. Not a popular tourist place, but it does have a beautiful medieval central piazza which is the subject of most of the photos. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame is the word pistol comes from Pistoia. It started manufacturing them in the 16th century. Now it is famous for nursery gardens.
I worked here from 1979 to 1983. The centre of the city hasn't changed. It was a real pleasure to return and have the opportunity to take photos on a beautiful August sunny afternoon.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse of one of the least visited places in Tuscany.
Garibaldi sits proud on his steed.
He is an Italian national hero
One of the more attractive lamposts
I have seen
Church of St Paul
Detail from the facade of the church
Street leading to the Piazza
The building on the right is the
Cassa di Risparmio (Savings Bank)
A close up of its beautiful
Almost in the Piazza del Duomo
(Cathedral Square). Daniela
gazing at the architectural feast!
A gorgeous alleyway
Inside the "Duomo", the
Cathedral of San Zeno
They knew how to build churches!
That's a coffin worth dying for!
Antico Palazzo del Vescovo (Old Bishop's Palace)
It's the palace that is old, not the Bishop! Though
they usually are
A close up of the entrance. Not sure if the bike
belongs to the Bishop
The Cathedral of San Zeno. Saint Zeno is the
patron saint of anglers and fishermen. I
don't know why they chose him for the
Cathedral of Pistoia. It is a long way from
Palazzo del Comune (The City Hall or the
Palazzo of the Old Lords). The seat of
the City government
The striking Bell Tower called
La Torre di Catilina. It stands
30 m high
Palazzo Pretorio currently the law courts
In the courtyard of the Palazzo Pretorio
The Gothic Battistero di
San Giovanni (Baptistery
of St John)
I love this door
A lovely house with a hat!
We are in Piazza della Sala or just "the Sala"
to Pistoians. It is one of the oldest squares in
Daniela by the Leoncino Well.
It takes its name from the lion
on the top of the well
I spotted these two in the Piazza del Duomo. Cute!