The candidacy of Pistoia was promoted by the Municipality of Pistoia with the support of the Region of Toscana, the Province, the Diocese of Pistoia, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, and the Chamber of Commerce. Giulia Cogoli, Carlo Sisi and Virgilio Sieni are the members of the Scientific Committee for the candidacy. Giuseppe Gherpelli has been entrusted with the role of project manager.

 

Pistoia based its candidacy on the idea that, in order to promote itself, a city needs to enhance its own features and peculiarities rather than trying to show a different image. Prior to its candidacy to Italian Culture Capital, Pistoia has invested on high-quality cultural projects, which have been carefully prepared and managed by the cultural institutions. Resulting from a scrupulous selection, the most substantial investments are directed to the promotion of cultural heritage, social cohesion and efficient cultural-touristic services.

 

Ordinarily, Pistoia invests more than double of the national average on cultural policies, as it deems knowledge and culture to be the foremost rights of citizens, fundamental ingredients for the growth and the training of free, aware, and democratic citizens.

 

Pistoia is a solidarity-based, democratic, inclusive and open city. It has always been an important crossing and exchanging point, as it was a transitory location of merchant routes, of civilian infrastructures such as the Ferrovia Porrettana, and of religious pilgrimages across the Appennines.

 

Its origins date back to two thousand years ago. In 2017, Pistoia will celebrate 900 years of its 1117 Consuls’ Statute, which is, to date, the oldest collection of laws of the age of the city-state.

 

Pistoia is a city on a human scale. Pistoia is reserved, it does not parade, and its medieval centre is surrounded by the green belt of the mountains in the north, and by the nursery production that has developed in its fertile valley.

 

Pistoia is a busy city that has not lost the hardworking atmosphere of working-class traditions. Not only has the main train factory been its most important industrial and productive centre, but also a motor of political and social growth that has shaped its identity and history.

 

Pistoia was a Partisan city, silver medal for military value for the Liberation of the Country from Nazi-fascism.

Such roots nourish today’s city; a city that is now ready to be seen by Italy and the world.