The tourist information office ((tel) 0573-21-622; www.turismo.pistoia.it; also visit www.comune.pistoia.it) is at Via Roma 1/Piazza del Duomo 4 (inside the Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi). It’s open daily 9am (10am on Sun) to 1pm and 3 to 6pm.
Festival & Markets
In 1300, the Giostra del Orso was a real Joust of the Bear, a bearbaiting event in which horsemen ceremonially took on a captive ursine. Revived in 1947, the wildly popular July 25 event is now more humane. The highlight in a day of costumed pageantry is the joust, when mounted knights circle around a track and score points by slamming their lances into stylized bear targets. There are daily fruit and veggie markets (except Sun) on Piazza della Sala and Via Ciliegiole, and a thriving Wednesday and Saturday morning market on Piazza del Duomo.
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