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Pistoia Blues

The Pistoia Blues festival is back for the 36th edition from July 1 to 24. Established in 1980 as the first Italian music festival dedicated to blues music, this year the festival honors blues legend BB King, who died last May and was one of the big stars to appear most frequently on the stage of Pistoia Blues.

In recent years, the festival has opened its stage to artists of style other than blues, including important names of the rock and the pop international scene.

This year marks the return to Pistoia of Carlos Santana – performing on July 21 – who has appeared previously at the Blues Festival in 1996 and 2004.

This edition will also feature Sting, who resides in Tuscany, about one hour drive from Pistoia. This is the first time that the English artist has appeared on the stage of Pistoia. Other featured artists include the Counting Crows (July 3rd),  Passenger (July 15th) , Hozier (July 7th), and The Darkness and Dream Theater (July 18th). Following is the full program of the Festival.


Tuesday July 21: Piazza Duomo

Santana – The Corazon Tour

One euro for each ticket goes to the Milagro Foundation

Friday July 24: Piazza Duomo


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The city of Pistoia

Pistoia is located within Tuscany, away from more famous locations such as Florence, welcoming travellers with the promise of varied activities – including culinary holidays, mountain excursions, art tours and spas across all seasons of the year.

For those who are passionate about Art History, Pistoia and Pescia are destinations to explore the Renaissance and Baroque era amidst the backdrop of palaces, arcades, and churches. Nature-lovers will find an extraordinary variety of landscapes and natural environments including the hills of the Colline Montalbano and Svizzera Pesciatina, the wetlands of Padule di Fucecchio and the Querciola in Quarrata.

For those who love food, there is opportunity to discover authentic and traditional local products and delicacies, whether it be at small restaurants or the festivals that emerge throughout the year. Festivals, fairs and events held throughout Pistoia allow travellers to learn more about cultural heritage, religion and folklore.

Pistoia offers several opportunities to explore museums, take part in guided tours across the year and attend musical and theatrical performances. The Ecomuseum of the Pistoia Mountains has open-air routes, including learning centres which offer a unique and informational perspective into mountain history and culture. Travellers looking for a regenerative experience can relax in one of the famous spa centres of the area.

Pistoia provides scenery, food, music,  relaxation and exploration a short trip away from the traditional tourist path.