Pistoia is Pescia, which is now an important centre for nursery
Its development has been rather distinctive: originally it consisted of
two parallel settlements divided by the river Pescia; on the left-hand
bank there was the religious settlement while the civic community occupied
the right-hand side. Each settlement had its own walls and they communicated
by means of a single bridge, which was also fortified.
From nearby Pescia there comes cioncia, a stew made from the soft
parts of a calf's head, chilli pepper, and olives. The local wine
is the Bianco di Val di Nievole from the slopes of the Appennines
to the north.
Leaving Pescia and going towards Lucca on the trunk road, you arrive
at Collodi, a small village chosen as a pseudonym by the writer
Carlo Lorenzini, author of "Pinocchio"; a large park for children,
the Paese dei Balocchi, has been built there in honour of the most
famous puppet in the world.
In front of “Paese dei Balocchi” stands the ancient Villa
Garzoni, dominating on of the most beautiful garden of Italy.
Picture by Sandro Santioli