Cymbals are very ancient in origin: the prehistoric pair of cymbals on the mummy of an Egyptian religious musician displayed in the British Museum in London shows that they were in existence as early as 2000 BC. The manufacture of cymbals was concentrated in China and in Turkey, where methods were discovered to make this instrument more durable and...

From the Brennero Pass at the border between Italy and Austria to Lake Garda, and on to Mantua, Bologna, Pistoia and Florence, by bike on a dedicated track. That’s the idea behind the Ciclovia del Sole (literally Cycle Path of the Sun), a 670-km proposed cycling path, part of one of the most important European cycling routes, the Euro Velo 7, which...

After all the fabulous exhibits one can see in the heart of Florence, it is possible that a little fresh air in the countryside might just be the ticket to take a breather and relax a bit? After all, how many beautiful frescoes and wonderful palaces unlike any to be seen anywhere else can you take in on your trip? So then, what’s next?  Well, there...

Il pulpito della chiesa di Sant'Andrea, capolavoro di Giovanni Pisano datato 1301, sarà restaurato grazie alla donazione dell'associazione americana Friends of Florence, che dopo il restauro del Cenacolo di Ghirlandaio alla Badia a Passignano, si impegna in questo nuovo progetto. Il pulpito sarà anche sottoposto ad una analisi della struttura, che...

Many baptisteries are octagonal in shape, including the one in Pistoia, dedicated to Saint Giovanni in Corte and dating back to the second half of the 14th century. Most experts believe that the eight-side polygonal floor plan of these holy structures, once built near churches, was inspired by the Bishop of Milan, Saint Ambrose, who promoted the co...

It was two gentlemen afflicted by various health issues who discovered the therapeutic properties of the karstic Giusti Grotto, in Monsummano Terme (Pistoia). They had decided to test the healing powers of the mysterious cave on their own ailing bodies. Here is what a publication from the mid-1800s reported only a few years after the episode (“Espo...

Sarà certamente indimenticabile il viaggio che Tom Caulkins sta compiendo in questi giorni in Europa assieme alla moglie Linda. Durante i sei giorni di permanenza in Italia i coniugi americani, provenienti da East Wenatchee (Washington), dopo aver soggiornato a Firenze, hanno deciso di trascorrere metà del tempo disponibile a Pistoia, non solo per...

By Ben Carson Next year promises to be big for Pistoia. This little-known town in the north of Tuscany has just been chosen as the Italian Capital of Culture for 2017. And as the world's press turn their spotlights on the town, we discover there's a lot to like about this unassuming place.   Pistoia, snuggled at the foot of the Appenines, h...

In a bit less than 12 months, the prestigious title will move from Lombardy to Tuscany. Pistoia has just been nominated the new capital of culture. This little beautiful city managed to beat its seven competitors: Aquileia, Como, Ercolano, Parma, Pisa, Pistoia, Spoleto, Taranto and Terni.   The aim of the competition is the one of stimulatin...