Fodor's Expert Review Musei dell'Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi

Pistoia Museum/Gallery

At the end of the 11th century, the bishop of Pistoia began construction on this palace. One thousand years later, it houses several collections including the Museo della Cattedrale di San Zeno, which contains spectacular treasures from Pistoia's cathedral—including ornate pieces in gold, rings with jewels the size of small eggs, and solemn, powerful statuary. Below, however, is the Percorso Archeologico—Roman, medieval, and Etruscan archaeological sites uncovered during a 1970s renovation. The warren of corridors and caves below and the plain, spare rooms above both show off their treasures with simple elegance. Also in the complex is the Museo Tattile, which allows visitors to touch various local buildings built to scale. A guide accompanies you while you wander, and wandering days and times are limited.

Museum/Gallery Religious Building/Site/Shrine Ruins

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Pistoia, Tuscany  51100, Italy

0573-369272

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