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Art Cities >> PISTOIA
 
Pistoia an active manufacturing and commercial centre, with flower-growing as its main activity. At the same time it preserves a precious old town with Romanesque and Gothic buildings which offer many interesting sites.
The Cities is the main access way to the Pistoiese mountains, a splendid natural oasis for winter sports and trekking in the summer.
Discovering the Cities
The surroundings of Pistoia
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SOME HISTORY....
P
istoia was an important strategic hub in the Roman Empire. The name of the Cities could come from the word "pistores", the skilled bakers of the region who provided the Roman army with victuals during the war against the Ligurians in the II century B.C. Pistoia became a free Comune in 1115 and the commercial success and the high living standard in Pistoia created envy and, above all, an expansionistic interest among the neighbouring Lucca and Florence. The Cities fell to the leader of Lucca, Castruccio Castracani, and then surrendered to Florence which was the beginning of its decline. Pistoia became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, first under the Medici family and then under the Lorena family, until it was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy.
 




















 


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