Pescia is a small village of about 19000 inhabitants under the province of Pistoia. It is set in the Valdinievole, at the bottom of a valley where the stream Pescia floats.
The area where it is set is very green and it is partially on the flat land (Veneri and Castellare), on the hills (Collodi, Monte a Pescia) and on the mountains with the famous 11 “Castella” (hamlets).
This places, set on the pre-Apennines, constitute the “Pesciatina Switzerland”, so called by the writer and economist Giovan Carlo Leonardo Sismondi because of many similarities with the mountains of his own homeland.
Pescia is 55 km from Florence and 18 km from Lucca, and it is a sort of link between the hills full of olive trees and the land that is extended towards the sea and the river Arno.
Being so close to historical cities, it is a good starting point for excursions and daily trips, and it offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation facilities.
Pescia’s economy is not only based on tourism but on Olive and Orange trees nurseries and on plants and flowers which are exported all over the world.
The Palio dei Rioni is very popular and appreciated: it is an archery competition with its own historical parade which takes place every first Sundays on September.