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Pistoia: private walking tour with a local guide
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Via Francesco Crispi 2, 51100, Pistoia Italy
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Amazing walking tour of Pistoia
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Amazing walking tour of Pistoia

Throughout this two-hour walking tour, uncover the beauty and mysteries of this city!<br>Starting from the Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi, your guide will lead you to one of the many monuments that will be idolized on this tour, the Church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas.<br>Continuing to our next destination is the Piazza del Duomo, which encompasses some of the most important buildings in the city. The domination of the square, however, belongs to the ancient bell tower. Progressing on to the next locations, there are the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Corte and the Cathedral of San Zeno. Inside these Cathedral contains the Treasure of San Jacopo, along with its famous Silver Altar.<br>In the Piazza del Duomo, three important buildings exist: Palazzo Vescovile (the residence of the bishops until 1700), Palazzo Pretorio (currently the seat of the court), and the Palazzo Comunale.<br>At the conclusion of the tour, our final stop will be at the famous Pieve di Sant 'Andrea.
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Borzov wrote a review Oct 2018
Rijeka, Croatia4,386 contributions1,052 helpful votes
The Romanesque church was built in the 14th century on the site of the old Lombard church which was located outside the city walls, hence its name “Fuoricivitas” meaning “outside the city”. It is a huge structure with nice facade and very interesting interior. The most notable work is the white ceramic glaze by Luca della Robbia named “Visitation”.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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VoyagerAimerSourire wrote a review Aug 2017
Princeton, New Jersey363 contributions57 helpful votes
Drove off the A11 at Pistoia on our way to Florence, solely to visit the church of San Giovanni Fuoricivitas. This is not a cathedral by any measure, but its simplicity has the effect of making its few architectural or decorative elements stand out clearly. As other reviewers have pointed out, the striped walls already set apart this church from others before you even step in. The interior does not have a baroque cover-every-inch decoration but a much older, simpler, style which draws the eye to the sculptural gem inside: the elevated pulpit carved with very expressive figures and scenes all around. Very moving. There are of course other elements inside the church such as the font and the altar, but the pulpit is unlike most you will ever see; take your time and walk around it to get all the details. If you take the side door on the way out, notice the fresco fragments on the top left of the door and imagine how the rest of the wall would have looked originally. We visited in August 2017 and discovered on site that Pistoia had been named cultural capital of Italy for that year. So there was a long program of cultural events planned but we could only spend a couple of hours in Pistoia before getting back on the road.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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PierreBMalta wrote a review Oct 2016
San Gwann, Malta478 contributions109 helpful votes
The church in itself is not special, although the side facade with its typical medieval stripped marble is incredible. Inside again it is a typical medieval church but there is one of the most unusual medieval pulpits I have ever seen. On one side it is attached to the wall instead of the usual free standing on four columns. Try to see it.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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panka121 wrote a review Sep 2015
Budapest, Hungary86 contributions27 helpful votes
The facade is amazing with its antique stripes. It holds excellent pieces of art, altars, baptismal fonts and painting.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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pietro b wrote a review Aug 2015
Barga, Italy575 contributions237 helpful votes
at some point in the middleages Pistoia counted 115 churches, for a population of 8000 people. The catholic church at the time was certainly onje of the main employers! San Giovanni Fuorcivitas, ie St John outcide the city walls, is one of those 115 churches, Strikinggly beautiful is the freeze above the main entrance, depicting the last supper. Try and count the figures: Jesus in the middle, and 12 apostles. Can you find all twelve? Including Judas, kneeling on the low part of the sculpture? and John, leaning hi head on Jesus's shoulder?
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Date of experience: August 2015
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