A village in the centre of Svizzera Pesciatina, rich in monuments and artistic testimonies. Pescia, the main town of the green and secluded Svizzera Pesciatina, is one of those places where you can see the evolution of the territory, plastically depicted by the urban physiognomy. The medieval history in fact is represented, on the oriental side of the Pescia stream, by the Cathedral, an ancient parish church of the bishopric of Lucca, which faces, on the western side, the municipal buildings. Born as a mighty castle, Pescia soon had to reckon with Firenze, which in 1339 conquered it after taking it from Lucca. From that point on Pescia followed the fate of Firenze, becoming a part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
In the centre of the village there are many must-see monuments: the gothic church of San Francesco (inside which there is an interesting altarpiece from the thirteenth century by Bonaventura Berlinghieri depicting stories from the Saint’s life), the eleventh century church of Santi Stefano e Niccolao, the Oratory of the Madonna di Pie' di Piazza (by designs attributed to il Buggianino), and also the Giovanni Pacini Municipal Theatre and the Cardini and Cecchi palaces. The Florentine influence was felt especially between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when, along with the growth of its secular and “enlightened” institutional forms, Pescia has also seen the look of many of its religious buildings change, rebuilt and remodeled according to the canons of the modern age. Pescia is a very suitable destination for flower lovers, because it is by far one of the most important Italian centers in floriculture. Near it, it is also worth visiting the hamlet of Collodi, a small medieval village made famous by the fairy tale of Pinocchio.
Piazza Mazzini, 1
51017 Pescia (PT)