Overview of the category: Province of Pistoia

Location of the province

Pistoia is one of the ten provinces in Tuscany and is one of the smaller ones. The province is divided into 20 municipalities. The region is located in the north of Tuscany and borders to the west Lucca, south Pisa, southeast Florence and east to Prato. The region is popular for its unique landscapes with mountains, as well as the diverse range of art. The region has around 292.000 inhabitants. The capital of the region is the largest city of the same name in the province, Pistoia. More than a third of the province's residents make their home in the capital, which was elected one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2017. The province also offers opportunities for skiing. In addition to the city of Pistoia, many smaller towns and the landscape are reasons to visit the region.

Pistoieser Mountain and diversity of nature

The region is best known for its landscape. Around the Limentra River the landscape with flora and fauna is unique. Many plants and trees can be discovered that are otherwise rarely seen in the region. The province is popular for its landscape but for the mountains in the north of the largest city in the province. Many hiking trails lead through the mountains, making them a popular destination for those interested in nature.

The region is also suitable for cycling as the paths are well developed. Tours lead past wine growing areas, small towns and orchards. It is therefore a region that, due to its landscape, is definitely suitable for long walks and bike rides, as new experiences can always be had during a trip.
The vegetation is slightly different than in other regions of Tuscany due to the slightly cooler temperatures. Oaks and beeches are somewhat more common. During walks through forests and the great outdoors, animals can also be spotted that can otherwise only be seen in zoos or animal parks. In addition to deer and wild boar, this also includes rarer animals such as the marmot.

Skiing at Monte Gomito

Abetone is a ski resort where Monte Gomito is also located. Not only locals, but guests from all over Italy travel to the region to ski. The slopes are mostly prepared with artificial snow. These are not easy to ski, which is why the area is mainly for advanced skiers. The runs are located in an area of ​​over 54 kilometers. There are also several ski schools here where you can learn to ski or improve your skills.

Another highlight of the province is Montecatini Terme. There is a thermal bath in the small town, which is a reason for people from all over Europe to visit the region. Because of the thermal baths, more and more locals in the area have decided to open hotels, which is why there is now a large selection of hotels in the small town with 20.000 inhabitants.

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Pistoia

Pistoia

Pistoia is only about 35 km from Florence. The city with its 90.000 inhabitants is more of an industrial city. It is the capital of the eponymous province of Postoia.

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