This weekend we were in Pistoia always looking for new stories about artisans and territories and cities to explore.
Pistoia is just 30 km from Florence and it is easily reached by train or car. It is also a good start for a visit of other famous surroundings, above all the Health SPA of Montecatini and the towns of Lucca and Pisa.
The main occasion was the visit of the Arts & Crafts fair held in the former Brera factory right outside the train station. Here we made some interesting encounters, between the Tuscan tradition and the emerging youth.
From 25 to November 27 2016, in Pistoia takes place the event Arts & Crafts, in the evocative and former industrial spaces of the so-called Cattedrale (Breda’s factories) just outside the ancient walls of town.
Pistoia is at the centre of an area rich in tradition. In 2017 it will be the Capital of Italian Culture and with this event aims to showcase high-quality handicrafts.
There will be plenty to see: from textile art to furnishings and design, to fashion clothing and accessories, from tableware to food design. Furthermore the event will be accompanied by an exhibition (Galleria dell’Artigianato Artistico della Toscana) of objects from over 60 atelier-workshops, symbols of Tuscan creativity and handicraft.
There will be also many themed walks in the historic centre of Pistoia. Visitors will be invited to stroll right into “vie dei mestieri”, the tortuous streets around Piazza Duomo, one of the most fascinating squares of Italy.