Pistoia, a small and precious town in the heart of Tuscany, with many Romanesque and Renaissance monuments, is – for those who do not yet know it – an absolute surprise. It’s easy to get lost in its narrow streets and discover unexpected masterpieces like piazza del Duomo, one of the most evocative in Italy; the church of Sant’Andrea with the extraordinary pulpit by Giovanni Pisano; the Basilica of the Madonna of Humility, crowned by the imposing octagonal dome by Giorgio Vasari; piazza della Sala, with the Pozzo del Leoncino and many places to stop and enjoy the local food and wine specialties.
Italian Capital of Culture in 2017, Pistoia enriches its cultural offer with the new museum system Fondazione Pistoia Musei: four distinct venues in the historical center to tell the story of this Tuscan city from its medieval origins to its visual culture of the 20th century, with a wide-ranging exhibition programme that gives special attention to contemporary art. A networking – Palazzo de’ Rossi, Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi and San Salvatore – which has both endowed the city with pubblicy accessible art and beauty. In addition to these permanent additions to the cultural topography of Pistoia, the Fondazione Pistoia Musei is opening, in Palazzo Buontalenti, a programme of temporary exhibitions dedicated primarily to modern and contemporary art.