Ancient Palace of the Bishops
The Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi, located in Piazza del Duomo in Pistoia, is attested since 1091. Initially a fortified residence, in the 12th century it acquired the appearance of a stately home. Among the many features, the building houses the sacristy of San Jacopo, built between 1163 and 1170, in which the theft of Vanni Fucci, narrated by Dante in the 24th canto of Hell, took place. In the sixteenth century the palace reached a remarkable elegance but began to prove to be lacking in service rooms, so much so that the bishop Scipione de 'Ricci obtained permission from the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo to build a new bishop's palace. deeply remodeled, increasing the number of internal floors and heavily modifying the facades. In 1976 the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia and Pescia began a complex restoration of the building which was completed in 1980, with the recovery of most of the structures and of the original appearance.
Today, owned by the Caript Foundation, the Palace constitutes one of the vertices of the Pistoia Museums Foundation, dedicated to ancient and modern art. The Palace hosts several sections: the Archaeological Path , the Museum of the Cathedral of San Zeno, the Bigongiari Collection, the millefiori tapestry, a Pomona by Marino Marini, the Wall Tempera by Giovanni Boldini, the Tactile Museum: the city to touch.