Author: Molly McIlwrath

Molly McIlwrath leads art historical tours and specializes in family tours in and around Florence and lives in Pistoia, enjoying the best of both cities. Her personal site is
December 1, 2016

Making capital: Pistoia

All eyes will soon be on Pistoia, as it was selected Italy’s culture capital for 2017 and recently listed among Lonely Planet’s top ten cities in the world to visit next year. With growing numbers of large groups trekking through the streets of Florence, more travelers and Tuscany residents are seeking places where they can […]
April 2, 2015

Spring in Pistoia

People often think of the towns beyond Florence as sleepy places with nothing much to offer. Just a 35-minute train ride away, Pistoia is anything but sleepy. Since The Florentine’s last articles about this small city (see and, there is even
February 27, 2014

Revealing Dante’s legacy

If I thought that my answer were to one who might ever return to the world, this flame would shake no more; but since from this depth none ever returned alive, if what I hear is true, I answer you without fear of infamy. —Inferno XVII. 61–66 (