Pistoia's centro storico offers elegance and refined beauty, its Roman origins are clearly visible, with an unforeseen series of churches, cloisters, palaces and art treasures. It is sometimes referred to as a "little Florence" for its amazing concentration of art and architecture in a city barely half the size of Lucca. Believe it or not, Pistoia is off the main tourist trail in Tuscany, and this in a way is a blessing. Undoubtedly, it’s a laid back place with more locals than tourists, which makes sightseeing a much more peaceful affair. As a matter of fact, most visitors often say that a day is enough to see the main sights, but you might want to linger in this town longer.