The second day begins among the flowers and greenery of the Comicent, the marketing centre of Pescia. Carnations, gladioli, chrysanthemums, lilies, roses, irises, orchids, olives and ornamental plants: these are the names of the protagonists of Pescia's new market. Groups book visits in advance.
It is worth a visit to the historic centre of Pescia. The city, with its origins in the medieval period, is divided by the river that defines the two urban sectors, that of the cathedral and the town hall, where the main piazza is located. Old palazziand elegant churches characterise the historic centre which, despite having suffered some notable interventions, retains its original form.
You should see the Duomo, which rises on the site of the old 10th-century parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, the old piazza Grande, known in the Medieval era as the 'long market' and even now the scene of a typical market every Saturday. In the heart of the city there is also the Church of the Madonna di Piè di Piazza and Palazzo del Vicario, today the government centre of the municipality. In the Loggia monument to the war-dead there is a fresco attributed to Giovanni da Sangiovanni and a winged Victory in bronze by Libero Andreotti. And it is to the Pesciatino Andreotti, one of the greatest exponents of Italian sculpture in the early 20th century, that the Gipsoteca in the 14th-century Palazzo del Podestà is dedicated.
If you are interested in religious architecture, you can enter the Church of San Francesco, inside which you will find the famed panel painting by Bonaventura Berlinghieri, dating to 1235, depicting Saint Francis and six episodes from his life. You could also go in the Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, which keeps the precious group of 13th-century wooden sculptures known colloquially as I Santi Brutti (the ugly saints), and, in the main chapel, 15th-century frescoes by Bicci di Lorenzo.
After visiting the gallery of the former Benedictine monastery of San Michele, with its numerous paintings and sculptures by Tuscan artists, the last stage of our journey is the Benedetti printing house, one of the oldest in Italy, founded in the earliest years of the 20th century and still active today.