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The Tuscan capital of culture

Pistoia is the Italian Capital of Culture for 2017. A little gem known by a handful of admirers, it has historically been a crossroads of many cultures, so it comes as no surprise that this year this charming little town will be housing visitors from around the world.

A Roman town surrounded to the north by mountains, and nestled in the green of its nurseries, Pistoia has been awarded funding for projects and initiatives that enhance its identity and traditions. The 2017 programme will turn Pistoia into a European city, promoting sustainable lifestyle and urban redevelopment. Numerous initiatives will range from art to music, anthropology to theatre, urban spaces and children’s activities in gardens, all of which tailored to create new ways to enjoy culture.

The core of the Pistoia 2017 project is urban regeneration. Particular attention was paid to promoting its historical and architectural heritage. After the restoration of buildings and monuments, work is underway to renovate the churches of San Pier Maggiore, San Salvatore, San Jacopo in Castellare, the latter a symbol of the city’s refound cultural role.

Art is one of the main themes of the Pistoia Italian Capital of Culture programme. As in the Renaissance, even in the present-day Pistoia continues to attract artists, bringing about a fruitful exchange with the international art world. One example is the Collezione Gori at the Fattoria di Celle, a creative workshop of environmental art including, among others, Alberto Burri, Daniel Buren, Jean-Michel Folon, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Morris, Claudio Parmiggiani and Sol Lewitt.

Festivals will also be linking their programmes to the theme of Pistoia Capital of Culture, with music taking centre stage in this special year on several occasions, starting with Pistoia Blues and through to theatre events that will celebrate Pistoia’s cultural renaissance