Pistoia is a city with an ancient culinary tradition as a welcome for pilgrims and travelers, even today, those who decide to spend a holiday, a weekend, a trip here will be amazed by the variety of culinary offerings to taste and accommodation to sleep in. Starting from tradition, we tell you that many years ago some Pistoia inmates discovered that they were chefs with what they could scrape together. Butchery leftovers and scraps became the main ingredients of one of the typical dishes of Pistoia cuisine. Based on savory dry bread, water and offal, the Carcerato is one of the best known dishes of Pistoia cuisine and can still be tasted today in Pistoia’s trattorias. A delicacy of taste and simplicity that can be savored together with other strong dishes of traditional ‘poor’ cuisine such as pappa al pomodoro, bean and black cabbage soup, cioncia, prepared with veal cheeks and tail. Pistoia has always been a pilgrimage destination. Over the centuries, thousands of men and women have decided to set out for the city that preserves a relic of the Apostle James. And today the same gestures are made, we visit the same places, we still reach the same goal whatever the motivation. Pistoia fits into this context since it can be a destination understood as the “little Santiago” thanks to the presence of the relic of the apostle James, it can be a stop from south to north towards Compostela, it is an essential center of gravity for its strategic position of connection with the road di Francesco and also for those coming from the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The practice of hospitality, welcoming the pilgrim, has been a value for centuries considered the cornerstone of the paths scattered throughout the world. And Pistoia was no less. Even if today instead of pilgrims there are travelers, solitary, as a couple, as a family, with friends and instead of in hostels or convents you sleep in hotels equipped with every comfort.
Where to eat in the center of Pistoia
If you sit at a table in a Pistoia restaurant, you cannot fail to order a Tuscan appetizer, a cutting board that collects croutons of livers, aged cheeses, Tuscan salami, olives, pickles and bruschetta, and then moves on to macaroni with duck and zimino di lampredotto and finish with a flourish with typical sweets such as Pistoia sugared almonds or traditional mountain sweets such as migliacci and castagnaccio. There is also no shortage of excellent local wines to accompany your meals as the Pistoia hills offer soils and climate suitable for vines such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Trebbiano Toscano. And to accompany the desserts we drink Vinsanto, a sweet wine obtained from the vinification of dried grapes. Eating in Pistoia means tasting the true flavors of the renowned Tuscan cuisine and its gastronomic excellences that are able to satisfy and delight any type of palate. The restaurants in Pistoia mainly offer land dishes that are cooked with quality raw materials and sometimes zero kilometer products coming exclusively from local agriculture and pastoralism
In Pistoia, tourism is growing and restaurant prices are quite in line with those of other tourist resorts and, indeed, it is easier to find places where you can taste genuine Tuscan cuisine at lower prices than in other large cities. Pistoia has a very lively historic center, very popular. The beating heart and gastronomic center of the city is located between Piazza della Sala, Piazzetta dell’Ortaggio and the neighboring streets. All paved and obviously a pedestrian area to wander undisturbed in search of the ideal place to enjoy a good meal. These areas that we have just listed are very popular with young people during the summer evenings and during the winter weekends. There are many restaurants, bars, clubs, pizzerias where you can taste typical Pistoia dishes and Tuscan cuisine, local specialties, excellent wines and delicious cocktails are located a stone’s throw from Piazza del Duomo. For lunch, dinner but also for an aperitif and there are many delicious solutions for brunch lovers too. You can spend your gastronomic evening staying inside the premises or take advantage of the outdoor tables that dot the historic center of Pistoia. In summer it will be a joy to eat a pizza and sip a drink to enjoy the cool of the evening and night hours and even in winter you will have nothing to fear, each table is accompanied by a ‘mushroom’, an outdoor stove to keep warm even in the coldest evenings.
Where to sleep in Pistoia center
The choice of the place to sleep in the historic center of Pistoia is certainly not trivial, so we recommend a true pearl of elegance and hospitality. In the historic center of the city of Pistoia Palazzo 42 welcomes its guests within the walls of a building of ancient origins, dating back to the early twentieth century. A charming historic building that has been recently and completely renovated, which has allowed the structure to maintain the same period charm that marries design and modernity through the combination with different styles that tell an ever-changing, layered and rich visual story.
Palazzo 42 is immersed in the historic center of Pistoia. Its privileged position, in a suggestive setting of ancient noble residences and characteristic city views, makes it the ideal place to sleep in Pistoia in the historic center. Its centuries-old walls offer refined and soft atmospheres, intimate hospitality and character, which aims to dedicate a highly personalized service to its guests.
At Palazzo 42 you can choose from 19 rooms and 4 exclusive suites spread over two floors and furnished with a unique style that enshrines the union between a romantic and elegant past, a lively urban identity and a refined taste for contemporary details. Let yourself be pampered by the services of Palazzo 42 such as air conditioning, American Bar, tea room with info-TV, Internet- point and on request it offers: babysitting service, laundry service, car rental with or without driver, visits to major Tuscan cities, organization of private excursions, personal shopper available, transfers from the airports of Pisa and Florence, covered and uncovered parking spaces. The rooms of Palazzo 42 are equipped with every comfort, such as breakfast to be enjoyed in the room or in the cafeteria of the hotel, comfortable Simmons ™ mattresses, a stocked minibar, Smart TV, satellite TV, Wi-Fi Internet, safe, courtesy kit, hairdryer.