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Pistoia: Pescia town

Pescia a small village close to Collodi (the town of Pinocchio) in the Pistoia area, this old village has remained exactly the same as the past century

The town of Pescia takes its name after the river which divides it in two parts and which makes it cool and pleasant for visits especially during the spring and summer.

The Medici family was very important for this city. Leone X - Medici's Pope - erected its first parish in 1519 and then the same family improved its economy. The main economy in the past was from water, in fact paper, leather and silk were their main sources. Today Pescia lives on flower cultivation and tourism.

It has a typical row of houses which start from the top of the hill and end at Villa Garzoni: this villa and its baroque garden "All'Italiana" was designed and made during 17th century together with the villa and has been enriched in the following century with statues and magnificent fountains.

Today one of the major centres of the Valdinievole, Pescia consolidated its political role at the end of the XIIth century in the Carolingian Age when, after gaining freedom from the imperial power, it became a free city-state (or "Commune") together with the neighbouring town of Lucca.

From the XIIth up to the late XIIIth century Pescia was a prosperous town, in spite of a certain degree of dependence on Lucca. But the year 1281 was a year of doom for Pescia: the town was sacked and laid waste following a rebellion against the overlords of Lucca, a town which at the time was the seat of the imperial viceroy).

The complex historical events concerning the struggles between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines involved the majority of the Pescia area, particularly the fortified villages that were perched on the surrounding hilltops; by virtue of their strategically dominant position, these hilltop villages were to become the theatre of endless battles between the opposing cities of Florence, Lucca and Pisa.

After the long reconstruction that followed the 1281 pillage, Pescia remained within the sphere of influence of Lucca; it was only after 1328, upon the death of Castruccio Castracani, that Pescia experienced a brief period of complete independence, and established the League of the Communes of the Valdinievole jointly with the towns of Buggiano, Montecatini, Monsummano, Uzzano, Vellano, Sorico, Pietrabuona and Collodi.

At the end of 12th century Pescia freed itself from Imperial powers and became an independent Municipality.

Today, with its long-ago but still prestigious, industrial tradition, the economy of Pescia has developed in the nursery-gardening sector.

The " Biennale dei Fiori " in Pescia is one of the most important expositions of cut flowers and takes place here every two years. It is surrounded by lot of picturesque valley with wonderful flowers, olive-groves and vineyards. It is very romantic to exploring them walking on the ancient food paths, called "mulattiere".

What to see in Pescia
In the old medieval town centre we'll visit Palazzo del Vicario, decorated with coats of arms of Florentine vicars, today seat of the Town Hall; The Church of St. Francesco, which has the most autenthic painting on wood of St. Francisc, painted by Bonaventura Berlinghieri; than we'll visit the Church of San Antonio and last The Palagio or Palazzo del Podestà, both beautiful and characteristic buildings of 14th century.

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