The city of Pescia holds deep medieval roots and is split into two urban sectors by the river: that of the Cathedral and that of the Town Hall, or the religious half and the civil half. Its medieval history is reflected in the eastern part of the Pescia del Duomo stream, an ancient parish church from the Lucca bishopric, and from that western part of the secular municipal establishments.
The first place you should visit is definitely The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Duomo di Pescia that, according to some sources, dates back to the 5th-6th century. Among the most important works is a valuable 17th century painting, the Nativity of the Virgin by Giuseppe Bottani, kept in the Forti chapel, whilst on the alter of the Most Holy Sacrament the Madonna of the Baldacchino by Pier Dandini is kept.
Following the Via della Cattedrale, you’ll find yourself at the Church of Santa Chiara and the convent of the Poor Clare nuns with its beautiful cloister which was restaured in 1582. Despite its eighteenth-century façade, the Church of Santa Chiara still holds the roof’s wooden trusses, typical of Franciscan architecture.
In the city centre is the Church and convent of San Francesco, inside of which is a fascinating 13th century altarpiece by Bonaventura Berlinghieri. While walking through the centre you’ll come across the church of Santi Stefano and Nicolao dating back to the year 1000, the Oratory of the Madonna di Piè 'di Piazza, as well as the Giovanni Pacini Municipal Theater and the Cardini and Cecchi palaces.
Pescia also pays homage to the best Italian sculpturer of the early 20th century with its Libero Andreotti Gipsoteca which is home to a collection of works by the artist who was born in the city.