- Validity: 1 day
- Priority access
- Photos allowed
- Partially accessible
What to expect
- Use the reserved access to the Bishops’ Palace and avoid long queues
- Discover the archaeological path under the building
- Admire the painting cycle by Giovanni Boldini
- Once entered, spend inside the Palace all the time you want
New paths in an ancient palace
Visit the imposing Bishops’ Palace in Pistoia dating back to the XI century where luckily, despite numerous interventions, nothing of the ancient splendor has been lost; your visit will start immersing yourself in the mysterious underground of the building where you can admire an archaeological path that makes visible the various stratifications of the city, a beautiful Etruscan funeral stone of the VI/V century BC and many coins and utensils. Here you can walk over what were once the old Roman roads and know the objects and habits of their everyday lives.
Then passing by a fascinating tactile path, dedicated to blind and sighted people, you will discover the models of the main monuments of the city, a new and exciting experience to perceive the art and the history around us.
The rooms in the palace also host the wonderful Museum of the San Zeno Cathedral with furniture and liturgical vestments, among which stands out the precious fifteenth-century reliquary by Lorenzo Ghiberti preserved inside the San Jacopo Sacristy. On the first floor you can admire the original fourteenth-century frescoes inside the Chapel of St Nicholas as well as a room dedicated to a cycle of tempera frescoes by Giovanni Boldini (coming from a room of Villa La Falconiera) and a newer section of seventeenth-century paintings of the Bigongiari Collection.
From ancient to modern, a majestic building in the heart of Pistoia that will allow you to discover some hidden beauties of the city.
What is included
- Entrance with priority access
- Full-time entrance and you stay how long you want
- Reservation fees
- Access to temporary exhibitions
The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the guided booking on this website.
- over 65 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- customers of the Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Group
Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :
The ticket is valid all day until closing time of the Palace starting from entrance time.
The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Palace.
For a satisfying experience it is recommended to reserve at least 1 hour to visit the Palace.
The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.
We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please pick up your ticket at least 15 minutes before the reserved entrance. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter.
The Palace has a maximum capacity of people, in some periods of the year or special days you may experience short delays or waits not dependent on the Palace or Italy Tickets.