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Cutigliano, an enchanting village PDF Print E-mail

A picturesque village in the Pistoia Apennines, Cutigliano is an attractive and hospitable destination for those who desire a quality experience discovering places of culture and tradition, off the usual tourist track. The historical centre is a little gem, characterised by narrow lanes and charming corners where the visitor can taste the flavours of tradition. The central piazza del Municipio is dominated by the palazzo Pretorio. The nearby church of Madonna di Piazza houses an important work of glazed terracotta. Just outside the village, in the church of S.Bartolomeo, are some fine examples of 17th century Florentine painting.

Leaving the village, along a road that winds through picturesque woods, we arrive after a few minutes at the well-equipped ski-resort of Doganaccia (1530 metres above sea level) from the ridge of which it is possible, on a clear day, to see the sea. Skiers, hikers and mountain enthusiasts will find a cable car capable of transporting up to 45 people at a time.

The area surrounding Cutigliano offers wonderful opportunities for walking and hiking, such as at the Lago Scaffaiolo, il Melo, Pianosinatico, Pian di Novello and Sestaione. Also well worth visiting are the Pian degli Ontani, and Rivoreta, part of the Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese and site of the Museum of the people of the Pistoia Apennines.

In this region Cutigliano, together with Collodi, has a Bandiera arancione, an orange flag, a mark of quality that the Touring Club Italiano awards to small inland communities that distinguish themselves by their excellent environmental tourism.