The itinerary is focused on raising awareness of a part of the Pisan territory which is rich with scenic and historical artistic splendors. It follows along the last part of the course of the river: from the Val Graziosa, where the Zambra Torrent (tributary of the river Arno) flows, until the city and then continues towards the outlet Bocca d’Arno.
The path, along which all the museums belonging to the Museum System of Atheneum of the University of Pisa wind, is rich with naturalistic and historical-artistic highlights.
Strolling around the Palaces of the Lungarni
This itinerary proposes a nice walk to discover the most beautiful historical Palaces located along the Lungarni, following the sinuous course of the Arno.The path starts from the Lungarno Mediceo to follow a circular way up to the Lungarno Pacinotti and then to the Solferino bridge to cross on the other side until the Lungarno Gambacorti and then reach the Lungarno Galileo Galilei. It is possible to admire the facades of these fascinating Palaces rich with art, history and stories of who lived there and who still attend them today.
Calci. Treasure of the Gates of Pisa
The itinerary allows us to discover the city of Calci and the suggestive Val Graziosa, chosen by the Chartusian monks to build the Chartreuse of Pisa in 1366. The monumental complex houses the Museum of Naturali History of the University of Pisa, which is the heir of more than 500 years of the history of the Pisan naturalistic tradition. It is possible to take a nice walk from the museum following the Torren Zambra of Calci and admire the Stronghold of the Verruca and the Stronghold of Caprona or Tower of the Upezzinghi. The itinerary ends with the visit of the graceful PIeve di Santa Giulia in Caprona.
From the Leaning tower to the Lungarni
After the visit of the unavoidable leaning tower, this itinerary proposes an interesting walk from the center to the Lungarno. During the walk is warmly recommended to visit some of the most interesting Museums of the Aetheneum of Pisa, such as: il Museum of Human Anatomy, Anatomia Umana – Museo di Anatomia Patologica, l’Orto Botanico, le Collezioni Egittologiche, il Museo degli Strumenti per il Calcolo e il Museo della Grafica without skipping the important architectonic witnesses that is possible to see, such as i Vecchi Macelli, gli Arsenali Repubblicani e Medicei e la Cittadella until arriving at the Logge dei Banchi.
Pisa and surroundings: between Nature and Culture
The Surroundings of Pisa offer many enjoyable sites where it is possible admire a pleasant bond between the natural landscape and the human traces. The Val Graziosa houses the monumental complex of the Chartreuse of Calci, which is the seat of the Museum of Natural history of the University of Pisa. From Calci it is possible to reach Pisa following the cycle lane that runs along the Arno and its meanders. It is worth to stop by the Lakes of Campo inside one of the meanders and then enter in Pisa from the area of the Piagge. The itinerary continues crossing the city in order to reach the oldest University Botanical Garden in the world, a real green oasis in the city. From here one can keep going along the river heading towards Bocca d’Arno, where the new Tourist Port of Marina di Pisa is.
Pisa and the science
Pisa is famous all over the world for being the seat of one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Italy. Galileo Galilei, Antonio Pacinotti, Enrico Fermi, many are the names of illustrious scientists who have left traces in the history of the Atheneum of Pisa. The Museum of the Instruments of Calculus, in the area of the Old slaughterhouses, surrounded by a beautiful park, conserves scientific instruments and the machines that created the advent of computer science. The scientific itinerary passes through the Botanic Garden, founded as Giardino dei Semplici, the Museums of Human and Pathological Anatomy and also the Museum of Veterinarian Anatomy, very fascinating places where it is possible to observe dry preparations and original anatomical remains.
Pisa for Kids
Maybe you don’t know that a Pisa less known exists and amazes: it is the Pisa for Kids. Museums, gardens and parks, either in the city or in the surroundings, offer sparks and opportunities to play and learn in an engaging and exciting way for kids of all ages. The sight is enraptured and the breathe is bated visiting the great Gallery of Cetaceans in the Museum of Natural History of the University of Pisa, located in the beautiful Chartreuse of Calci. It is just few minutes from the city center and only one of the naturalistic wonders in this museum, which also accommodates the biggest fresh water Aquarium in Italy. Going back to the city center, kids can freely play in the green of the Scotto Garden. Otherwise one can keep walking along the Arno and explore the narrow alleys of the historical city center and then reach the Botanical Garden, where it is possible to admire centuries old trees and plants with leaves that look like belonging to a fairy tale.
Pisa: between the sacred and the profane
The architectures, the facades and the interior decorations of the religious buildings present along the Lungarni Pisani tell us not just their story, but also the history of the city from the IX century to nowadays. A story, indissolubly linked with the Arno and the sea, which starts from the church of San Michele degli Scalzi and ends with the Basilica of San Piero in Grado, the old fluvial port.