Province of Pistoia

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Province of Pistoia
Palazzo Panciatichi in Pistoia, the provincial seat.
Palazzo Panciatichi in Pistoia, the provincial seat.
Map highlighting the location of the province of Pistoia in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Pistoia in Italy
Country Italy
 • PresidentRinaldo Vanni
 • Total964.12 km2 (372.25 sq mi)
Population (30 June 2015)
 • Total291,815
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code51100
Telephone prefix0573
Vehicle registrationPT

The province of Pistoia (Italian: provincia di Pistoia) is a province in the Tuscany region of central Italy. Its capital is the city of Pistoia and the province is landlocked. It has an area of 964.12 square kilometres (372.25 sq mi) and a total population of 291,788 inhabitants (as of 2015).[1] There are 22 communes in the province.[2]

The province was formed in 1927 under the rule of Mussolini, and had the lowest income per capita in Tuscany in 1966 due to high poverty levels. This is because the province was mainly agricultural before World War II ended, and has since had to rapidly progress towards industrial capitalism and abandon its agricultural roots.[3] The population of the province has recently been increasing, moving from 268,437 in 2011 to some 292,000 in 2015.[4]

The Mountains of Pistoia and the resorts Abetone and Val di Luce are tourist destinations for skiers, and the province contains a combination of flat land such as the area of the valley of the Ombrone and the river flowing through it, and mountainous land. The city of Pistoia is roughly 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from both Lucca and Florence.[5] The land around the cities of Pistoia and Pescia are popular locations for flower and plant cultivation for global exports, and town and commune Quarrata is known for its wood furniture.[5]


  1. ^ "Provincia di Pistoia". Tutt Italia. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Pistoia". Upintet. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ John A. Agnew (1 October 2002). Place and Politics in Modern Italy. University of Chicago Press. pp. 129–. ISBN 978-0-226-01051-9.
  4. ^ "Popolazione provincia di Pistoia 2001-2014". Tutt Italia. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Pistoia". Discover Tuscany. Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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Coordinates: 43°56′N 10°55′E / 43.933°N 10.917°E / 43.933; 10.917