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Pistoia is a growing tourist destination in Tuscany, thanks
to the recent recognition it has gained as a city. Not only is it 2017’s
Capital of Italian Culture but it has also been included in Lonely Planet’s
Best in Travel for 2017, marking it as a top location to visit next year.

From November 25-27, the popular annual Arts & Crafts
Marketplace will return to the city. Perfectly timed for the start of the
Christmas shopping season, this completely free event will be based around two
themes celebrating the Pistoia lifestyle: Arts & Crafts and Food &
Design. Visitors to the market will get to browse a wide variety of local
produce and handcrafted items. The Arts & Crafts section will showcase
Tuscany’s world-renowned craftsmanship, ranging from linen to furniture to
fashion accessories, while the Food & Design section will focus on local
food products as well as table decorations, kitchen utensils and more designed
to complement them.

Not only will visitors be able to shop for some of the
finest products the region has to offer, but they will also be able to take in
two of Pistoia’s historic industrial venues at the same time: the Cathedral and
the former Pistoia Fiere pavilion (a new addition for this year).

A self-proclaimed ‘Art & Lifestyle Salon’, the event
will not only take place within the market itself but will also encompass
additional activities taking in other areas of the city. A number of tours and
itineraries will also be on offer, allowing visitors to see how local and
regional artisans create their works with a glimpse into their historic and
traditional methods.

The doors to the marketplace will be open for much of the
weekend: from 10am until 11pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 9pm
on the Sunday. Pistoia is a great place to base your stay in Tuscany, but you
will also find our Chianti, Lucca and Siena villas

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