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Province of Pistoia

Montecatini Terme in the Province of Pistoia, Tuscany Sights of the Province of Pistoia Pistoia, the city from which the province takes its name, is probably the principal not-to-be-missed sight in the province and yet it is unjustly neglected by visitors to Tuscany. Pistoia is just 40 km from Florence and from Lucca. More about […]

Biblioteca Capitolare (Chapter Library) of Pescia

One of the finest sights in the Province of Pistoia outside of Pistoia itself is a baroque library, the Biblioteca Capitolare di Pescia, located in the little town of Pescia. Baroque library attached to the duomo of Pescia in the Province of Pistoia The Biblioteca Capitolare di Pescia was designated a canonical library in July […]

The Longobards in Tuscany

During the mediaeval period, there existed two or three very dynamic tribes whose historical imprint far exceeds what might have been expected from their numbers. They were characterised by mobility and assimilation into the populations that they conquered. Among these were the Longobards (the “long beards” or Lombards) and the Normans. Here we will say […]

The Chianti village of San Donato in Poggio, Tuscany

San Donato in Poggio in Chianti

San Donato in Poggio is a mediaeval village of great charm located near the Via Cassia, the highway that runs along the western boundary of the Chianti Classico wine zone from Florence to Sienna. In modern times, the Via Cassia has been superceded by the Florence-Sienna motorway but in fact a drive along the Via […]

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