Experience Italy without the throngs of tourists!
Submitted: October 25, 2011
Stayed: July 2011
Pistoia and the della Sala apartment - what a wonderful setting to spend 10 days. The apartment and location exceeded our expectations. It was well-maintained, roomy and had all the necessary amenities. Internet was not listed but a mobile connection was provided by Titti when asked. She was a wonderful host and available throughout our stay to answer any questions or provide local information. The apartment is at the base of the steps leading to the Piazza della Sala which has a daily fruit, vegetable and flower market. The square also has bakeries, cheese and meat shops as well as numerous cafes and restaurants. It was so pleasant to walk out in the morning and go into the local bakery for fresh bread and pastries. There were also various outdoor markets throughout the week and unique shopping in the surrounding streets. The apartment was within one block (pedestrian area) of the Duomo Square (where we viewed the Festival of the Bear jousts) and was an easy and safe walk to the train station (approximately 10 minutes). We travelled by train to Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Pescia, Montecatini Terme and Viareggio (for a day at the beach). Trips were direct and convenient. Used Come and See Italy Tours for a day trip to the Cinque Terra. They came directly to Pistoia to pick us up. Rented a car to travel to Sienna, San Gimignano and other small towns. Car, however, is not a necessity.
If you want to immerse yourself in Italy without the crowds of tourists, Pistoia provides you with this opportunity. It is a small and charming city with ancient churches, museums and squares and a slower pace. Instead of being cramped in a single hotel room and being surrounded by throngs of tourists, experience Italy. Enjoy the people, the architecture, the churches, the markets, the cafes and restaurants and the La Passeggiata (evening stroll). And when the evening ends, come home to your Pistoia apartment. You won't regret it!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 9/9
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