It comes as no surprise that Pistoia was chosen out of nine finalists by Italian Cultural Minister Dario Franceschini as Italy’s culture capital for the year 2017.

“Pistoia invests in culture more than double the national average.” (Samuele Bertinelli, Mayor of Pistoia)

The city will receive a one million euro investment for cultural initiatives and events in 2017.

This is an opportunity for Tuscany to start showing the world a new face that includes the whole picture about small Tuscan cities that have thriving cultural scenes and dynamic small museums, annual city events and festivals. Pistoia is the only city in Italy to hold an anthropology festival each May that involves the entire community and brings visitors and speakers from all over the world.

Pistoia, no doubt, will also reveal a side of sustainable and smart tourism in Italy that is fit for all ages.



You can read more about this news in English here.

To read more about Pistoia’s cultural side see my article from The Florentine last spring.

Here is a recent article also in The Florentine by Mary Gray and Giulia Scarpaleggia of JulsKitchen about Pistoia’s bustling Piazza della Sala.




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