Piazza della Sala
The Piazza della Sala of Pistoia, heart of the ancient city, or only the Sala, as it is usually called in Pistoia, it is one of the most ancient squares of the city and dues its name to the longobard word used to indicate the palace where the government of the city resided.
Later, it became the place of the every day market and the trades, and still today this is the square where, every day, there is market, where fruits and vegetables can be bought. The memory of these various activities still today survives in the names of the roads and near squares: via del Cacio (a particular kind of cheese), via dei Fabbri (blacksmiths), via degli Orafi (goldsmiths), via del Lastrone (the big stone on which the fish to be sold were shown), Piazza degli Ortaggi (vegetables). In the 1400's, the well that stood in the middle of the square was restored and in 1529 a sandstone lion, that holds the crest of the city, was placed at the top of the well, to remember, through the Marzocco of Florence, the definitive dominion of Florence on Pistoia. From that moment the well assumed the name of Pozzo del Leoncino (small lion's well).