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Best things to do in Province of Pistoia

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Amusement Park
“The Pinocchio Park is a memorial park of the famous fairy tale and is located in Collodi, part of the municipality of Pescia (PT), around 50 km east of Viareggio. You can get there by car or bus. Collodi is the town where Carlo Lorenzini, the author of the Adventures of Pinocchio, spent his childhood and from which he later took his pseudonym. The park is conceived as a theme park for childhood education, it is not the usual amusement park, but rather a place where one has the feeling of retracing a living fairy tale within a path marked by a combination of art and nature. Near the entrance is the sculpture of Emilio Greco of Pinocchio and the Fata, near a flowerbed arranged to draw the effigy of the famous puppet. An area follows with a small theater and a refreshment area. The Piazzetta of mosaics preserves the mosaics of Venturino Venturi. Following the "Village of Pinocchio" and the various sculptures, made by Pietro Consagra (the Carabiniere, the Gatto and the Volpe and the Serpente), Marco Zanuso and Augusto (Bobo) Piccoli (the Grande Pescecane).”
54 locals recommend
Zoo Exhibit
“One of Italy's largest and most appreciated zoo gardens. Very enjoyable for families with kids. ”
24 locals recommend
Sublocality
“In Collodi, a small town about half an hour away from Lucca, you can visit the very original Pinocchio Park dedicated to the famous long-nosed marionette. The park is set up completely outdoors. Walking inside the large garden, surrounded by the well-cared after vegetation, you’ll find all the main protagonists of the story: Pinocchio, the Fairy with Turquoise Hair, the Cat and the Fox and many other characters from the novel virtually accompany visitors and remind them some of the most relevant passages of the book. ”
43 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A great experience that our territory allows is the Canyon Park: it is an aerial route, consisting of metal cable ways and tibetan bridges, located in one of the narrowest gorge of the Lima creek valley, just near the village of Bagni di Lucca. Visitors can also swim and dive into the creek or try the paddle board experience.”
16 locals recommend
Park
“Orrido di Botri includes some very famous caves with impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours will take you into the depths of the mountains and tell you all about this beautiful area.”
15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Resort, spa con piscina termale, spa diving, fangoterapia, terapia in grotta, centro fitness.”
25 locals recommend
Establishment
“Cute little market square in Pistoia's historic center. There are plenty of food shops, restaurants, pubs, wine bars to enjoy at lunch, dinner or even at night, when the square is full of youngsters. ”
14 locals recommend
Museum
“n Vinci, where Leonardo was born and where he drew early inspiration for his studies and paintings, the Leonardo Museum presents one of the most extensive and most original collections.”
10 locals recommend
Financial or Legal Service
“Breathtaking suspension bridge, once the longest in the wolrd. Challenge yourself and cross it! There's no entrance fee.”
5 locals recommend
Route
“One of the most beautiful Tuscan squares! The square is surrounded by important monuments: the San Zeno Cathedral and its bell tower, the Baptistery, the Bishops' Palace, the Municipal Palace or Palace of Janus and the Praetorian Palace, now the seat of the Court.”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“golf course to 18 holes in the wonderful scenery of the Tuscan countryside .”
10 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Terme Tettuccio is a famous Spa where Giuseppe Verdi used to come for having his yearly stay in a thermal city. Their architectural style is an exhuberant Liberty (Art Nouveau). Terme Tettuccio are where you take the waters, meaning the spa healing experience of drinking water from different springs. In Terme Tettuccio therapy is also about walking in a marvelous park, listening to music just in front its Belle Epoque café on week ends.”
12 locals recommend
Museum
“Un percorso diverso dal consueto, infatti si visita una parte della città che non si vede, al di sotto del manto stradale; un percorso che si sviluppa per ca. 700 metri dove si potranno ammirare testimonianze architettoniche (che non vi svelo per lasciare a Voi la scoperta!!!) Importante: percorso adatto ai disabili e attrezzato per i non vedenti con pannelli tattili.”
7 locals recommend
Park
“highest top of the Bolognese Apennine.. beautiful valleys, ancient villages,sanctuaries and waterfalls..”
6 locals recommend
Establishment
“LE MORETTE: This trail is particularly suitable for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. The trail starts at the Castelmartini Visitors’ Centre that provides plenty of documentation on the wetlands: photographic exhibitions on the flora and fauna, local handiwork made from the marshland grasses and a well supplied library. From here follow the road signs for the Nature Reserve. The route follows a panoramic road as far as the Morette Harbour, where it is best to leave your car before reaching the bridge. This harbour in the Marshes is one of the few cases of a four-sided structure built of bricks on three sides, showing how important the little port once was, serving as more than just a local berthing. The walk through the marshland basin begins after the bridge over the Terzo Canal. In front, set in the middle of a Poplar stand, is the Criachi Hut, where a plaque commemorates the victims of the holocaust. Continuing northwards along the banks of the canal, you will find the educational panels for the Provincial "Le Morette" Nature Reserve. Through careful management and restoration, the Province of Pistoia has recreated favourable environmental conditions for stop-over and breeding grounds for many species of birds. After several more hundred metres stands the Green (or Biagiotti) Hut that has been refurbished into a wildlife observatory. Look through the slits of the screens for a view of the stretches of open waters inside the Reserve, with their margins protected by extensive reed beds. Opposite the observatory, during the spring and summer months, some of the emerging bushes and the large reed thicket support the heronry, with nests belonging to seven different species of heron; in the autumn and winter the pools of water are home instead to thousands of ducks, coots and other overwintering water birds. The best time of the year to visit the Reserve is Spring, from March to the first half of June. In the summer the best times are dawn and dusk to avoid the hottest hours of the day. From September to January the best days of the week are Tuesday and Friday (when hunting is prohibited) because the Reserve is surrounded by areas where hunting is permitted”
8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lovely peaceful location to relax with local people at the weekend. Enjoy some great local bars and cafes around the lake too.”
5 locals recommend