Things to see and do - Pescia
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Nature and gardens
Piazza della Vittoria
The highly formal design of these 17C gardens feature fountains, waterfalls and terraced flowerbeds flanking flights of steps decorated with balustrades and vases or statues. Each step reveals another surprise, from huge round lily ponds and yew tree..
Industrial tourism and theme park
Via di San-Gennaro 3
This immense park-cum-maze, devoted to Pinocchio (and his author), takes visitors on a tour of the story's best known episodes. Bronze statues further embellish the pleasant path which ends in an exhibition devoted to the literary fame of this appeal..
This former parish church, built in 857, has been the bishopric since 1726. The bell tower is a massive structure. Despite its early origins, little remains of the cathedral's past following a complete refurbishment in 1693. The west front dates from..
Not far from the cathedral, this church has a fine 13C wooden carving composed of numerous elements depicting the Deposition. The frescoes in the apse are attributed to Bicci di Lorenzo (1373-1452).
St Francis of Assisi visited Pescia in 1211 and the church contains an altarpiece depicting the saint and six episodes from his life, attributed to Bonaventura Berlinghieri, dating from 1235. The huge church, comprising a single nave, stands opposite..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
Piazza Mazzini 1
Now the home of the town hall, the façade of this 12C palace is decorated with coats of arms. Inside, the council chambers contain the banner of Pescia surmounted by a dolphin, the municipal symbol. On the opposite side of the square stands the Orato..
A fine double staircase leads up to the entrance of this church, which dates back to 1068 and is situated near the Palazzo del Podestà. The latter houses the Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti, a museum with a collection of 230 works by Andreotti, a local sc..