Pisa palaces and villas

Pisa palaces and villas

Palace of the Widows

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Palace of the Widows - Pisa

Palazzo delle Vedove Pisa

The Palace is a palace of the Widows of Pisa, situated between Santa Maria and Via Trento.

It was formerly present here the domus of Bocci, strategically built near the New Bridge. The old building had been built between the twelfth and fourteenth century with an elongated shape with a rectangular base, with a very altered by the sixteenth-century makeover, but still legible on the outer walls, the highlighted elements of the primitive and medieval openings partly destroyed to make way for new rectangular windows. Of particular interest is the prospect of Via Trento, where you can see a four of valuable marble, cut to the center for insertion of a rectangular opening.

Via Santa Maria can be seen six bays on the ground floor had a porch, while the upper floors were going to form the backbone of the building with big arches sacrico weight under the roof.

The building, heavily remodeled in the sixteenth century, was used by "widows" of the Medici family. Two steps of arc through the upper corridors supported by the way, linking the palace before the Torre De Canton, then, using the same tower, with the Church of St. Nicholas of the building allowing the guests to go to church without getting off the street.


Building of the clock

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Building Clock - Pisa

Il Palazzo dell'Orologio è uno degli edifici affacciati in Piazza dei Cavalieri a Pisa.

The Building of the clock is one of the buildings facing on Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa.

It is an ancient medieval building where he lived since at least the captain of the People 1357, which belonged to the family Gualandi. When the building was constructed also incorporated the famous Tower of Muda Of Fame, or where he died in 1289, Count Ugolino della Gherardesca with their children and grandchildren, the protagonist of one of the most famous pages of Dante's Divine Comedy (Inferno, XXXIII). The profile of the tower are still visible on the left of the central arch, which opens today, the four-twentieth century.

In 1605-1608, following the connection of two neighboring buildings through an arc with the clock, the building was finished in its present form, as designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1554, by 1566 already housed the infirmary of the Order Knights of Santo Stefano Bonomo said he was responsible for health, so the building is also known as the Palace of Bonomo.

Between 1607 and 1609 Giovanni Stefano and Filippo Paladini Marucelli frescoed facade and the inner vault of the arch with outfits, grotesque and allegorical figures, which imply the celebration and the Order of the House of Medici. The clock and bell tower date back to 1696.

In 1919, after the Order had now been removed, the building was purchased by Count Albert Gherardesca, which promoted a controversial renovation in the neo-Gothic style, with the opening of a four on the front.

In the seventies and eighties, the building became the Scuola Normale of Pisa, who used it as a library, at that time was also created an underground passage that connects it to the Knights' Palace, home of the school.


Palace Giuli Rosselmini Gualandi

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Giuli Rosselmini Gualandi Palace - Pisa

Palazzo Giuli Giuli Rosselmini Gualandi Palace, is located in Pisa Lungarno Gambacorti, near the Lombard church of Santa Cristina. It recently became known as the Palace because of the blue color dell'intonacatura and restored the name of the museum center built in some of the rooms inside.

The first traces date from the early Middle Ages (eighth century), in the form of rural settlement near the said church, near the one bridge, called the Stone Bridge that allowed access to the city from the territories south of the Arno River, along the ancient Via Emilia Scauri (the present Via San Martino and Toselli). During the restoration work by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa, which he bought by Count Giulio, hence the name, was brought to light part of the ancient pavement of the street, in places Sestini brick herringbone , with its pavement, dating back to the twelfth century and a massive wall structure, which is part of a defensive tower, with its characteristic pointed arch opening, made of stone, dating from around verrucana the last years of the eleventh century.

He joined the municipality of Pisa, after 1155, when they begin the construction of the oldest preserved medieval city walls in Italy, under the consulate of Coconut Griffi, the whole house is enhanced by and tower-houses, as in the rest of the city, often called the city a thousand towers, sign of a growing wealth and power of the Maritime Republic.

On 14 November 1356 the Doge John Lamb, owner of several properties in the area, obtained by the Elders of the City permission to some extend in this area. This raises the first core of the building, or domus, a structure consisting of large stone pillars verrucana, two or more modules together to form pointed arches, filled with brick and decorated with a single and mullioned openings in the pattern of neighboring buildings Gambacorti and pupils.

During the first Florentine domination between 1406 and 1494 the building underwent significant changes, given the decline of the family Dell'Angello. After moving to the City at the end of the fourteenth century, became the property of the Republic of Florence, which uses it as the headquarters for the five supervisors security guards occupied the city, until returning to the property of Giovan Bernardino Lamb.

Pisa in 1494, with the help of Charles VIII, King of France, regaining freedom from Florence and the Palazzo Giuli happens right inside one of the most important events for the people of Pisa. The king enters the November 8, 1494 in Pisa with an army of three thousand horsemen, and is housed in the Palazzo D'Appian, before whom the Pisani demanded freedom from the enemy. Guarantee of freedom to ask who returned in June of 1495, when King was once again in the city, at a grand ball which was held right inside the Palace Giuli, during which all the most beautiful women of the nobility Pisa presented themselves before the king, begging that kept the promise made firm the previous year, including the well-remembered Camilla Lante. Unfortunately, despite promises, Pisa loses again in 1509 in favor of the liberty of Florence, which apply in the time a policy changes designed to forever change the face of the city and to remove any reference to its glorious past Republican.

"" ... And said June 21 he went to the King of Franza bedere dancing to the house of Messer Gianbernardino Dell'Agnello Santa Cristina on the balcony, and there was no many girls and women of Pissa to that dance, and sitting in the King made ​​two women girls, the most beautiful at the ball, he was ordained in many girls and women dancing gittorno genocchioni forward to the King, demanded Pissa grace that he will never return below Florentines were provided with many good words from the King said. " "(John Portoveneri Memorial, since 1494 until 1502)

La chiesa di Santa Cristina e il Palazzo Giuli sulla destra Towards the end of the sixteenth century the complex was transformed by the families Sancasciano and text. It was Emilio Del Testa, who in 1593 radically transformed the building from domus medieval sumptuous palace in the late Renaissance, by applying a sober decoration of the facade, simply embellished with stone inserts, in the second half of the eighteenth century was subject to further changes by Agostini family, who inherited the venerable in 1745 and sold it to Dr. leased Designed Cesare, director of Greek Russian Imperial College, on behalf of the Empress Catherine II in 1773.

It was in honor of the great Russian artistic season, which saw the great Italian masters at the court of the Czar to design and decorate impressive palaces in St. Petersburg, the palace was made to paint with the characteristic blue color, or color of air, applied to palaces Petersburg to soften the forms. At that time the building was driven by a very intense social and cultural life. In 1774 it was attended by Princess Yelizaveta Alekseyevna Tarakanov (1753-1777), who claimed to be the daughter of Alexei and Empress Elizabeth I Razumovskij: suspected of plotting against the Empress Catherine II, there was kidnapped in February 1775 to be traced back to his homeland by Admiral Alexei Orlov, commander of the Russian Imperial Fleet base in Livorno for the war against the Turkish Empire. In 1781 Ekaterina Daskova lived there (1744-1810), director of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which has left a description of the city, the Game of the Bridge and the palace in his memoirs.

The current color is chosen during the restoration of the facade when it was discovered a fragment of painting the late eighteenth century, and applied following the technique of fresco painting.

In 1788 the Blue Palace is sold to the family by Agostini Del Testa to buy the White Palace Tilli brothers (nephews and heirs of the botanist Michelangelo) and add it to the Red Palace (now known as the Palace dell'Ussero), and thereafter will be purchased by the family arms -Cambini, which will carry important new works of which the magnificent remains of the square room door of the Grotesque, surmounted by the coat of arms, masterfully executed by Antonio Niccolini, a clear sign of cultural and artistic fervor that Pisa was living in the nineteenth century. The accounts are Archinto Milanese owners of the building for much of the nineteenth century, until in 1861 Ferdinand, Count Domenico di Giuli bought it for the figure of 50,000 pounds, which gives rise to a restoration campaign that led to the palace to its present size and, by integrating a portion of the alley, between the palace and the adjoining Palazzo Casarosa (also integrated as a whole), and building from scratch a wing of the building to make the symmetrical façade century.

The building is undergoing a period of splendor, each room is decorated and newly renovated, thanks to the intervention of the artist Nicola Pisano Torricini, which in 1884 he decorated the magnificent library of Count Giulio, on the ground floor, the room has now become the altarpieces, which displays the Polyptych Agnano (Pisa) Cecco di Pietro last decade of the fourteenth century and its copy, made in 1930 by the Italian most famous forger of the twentieth century, Federico Joni Icilio. Nicholas Torricini is the coordinator of a massive restoration campaign, which ends in 1903 with the opening of the Red Hall, or dining rooms, at a dance held in Pisa refined by Count Giulio.

The Museum

Palazzo Giuli, ingresso al museo The palace has been inhabited by Count Giulio until 2001 and, despite having become an ambush for the Allies during the Second World War, has suffered extensive damage. The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa, which has moved its headquarters, bought it to make it a center of culture and art, called BLUE - Center for Art and Culture.

Inside you can visit the ground floor and the main floor, that explains the major masterpieces of the Savings Bank Foundation Collection, which includes artists such as Cecco di Pietro, Taddeo di Bartolo, Benozzo Gozzoli, Vincenzo Foppa, Aurelio Lomi, the Cigoli, Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia Gentileschi, Giovanni Battista Tempesti, Jean Baptiste Desmarais, Joseph Bezzuoli, Luigi Gioli and a rich collection of twentieth-century art, most notably Umberto Vittorini, Mino Rosi, Ferruccio Pizzanelli and Fortunato Belloni, member of the Second Futurism. Collection of the Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa Simoneschi are also part of the Collection, which includes a vast repertoire of Antiquities and a large coin collection and a collection of woodcuts, etchings and lithographs by the great artist of Pisa Giuseppe Viviani. The rooms are furnished in eighteenth-century style, with antique furniture and furnishings.

Other rooms of the building are reserved for temporary exhibitions which occur with some frequency.

Source: Wikipedia


Palace of the Knights of the Caravan or

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Palazzo della Carovana o dei Cavalieri Caravan or Palace of the Knights - Pisa

The palace of the Caravan (or Knights) is one of the most famous buildings in Pisa and the most prominent of Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa. Even the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen, the 1846 is the Scuola Normale di Pisa.

It was built between 1562 and 1564 by Giorgio Vasari, dramatically restructuring the medieval Palace of the Elders: Some remains of the palace and towers of some houses, however, are still visible along the sides of the building.

The name comes from three years in the novitiate of the new recruits, during which they followed a course of training in the use of weapons to be part of the "caravans" that would have beaten the Mediterranean and resisted the raids of pirates, hence the term precisely the caravan.

Vasari regularized the uneven medieval facade, combining architecture, sculpture and painting. Graffiti with allegorical figures and zodiacal signs, designed by Vasari himself, were in fact carried out by Thomas and Alexander Forzore Baptist del Verrocchio (1564-1566), animate the elevations along with marble busts and coats. The paintings of today seem to enjoy an excellent state of preservation, but in reality they are due to be repainted in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as the paint on exterior extremely fragile and subject to fading and detachment because of the weather.

Among the sculptures are reminiscent of the Medici coat of arms and knights, supported dail allegories of Religion and Justice Stoldo Lorenzi (1563), the corners are the emblems of John Fancelli (1564). Above a gallery of busts of the Medici Grand Dukes were added at three different times by many hands: Cosimo I, Francesco I and Ferdinand I by Ridolfo Sirigatti in 1590-1596; Cosimo II by Pietro Tacca (1633 approximately), Ferdinand II and Cosimo III by Giovan Battista Foggini (1681 and 1718).

The marble staircase with two flights was rebuilt in 1821 by Joseph Marchelli to replace the original smaller size. The rear building was added to a design by John Girometti in 1928-1930 on the occasion of a revival of the Normal School promoted by Giovanni Gentile.

Inside there is still some rooms painted or decorated with stucco work of the nineteenth century, where some paintings by the sixteenth century (Charles Portelli, Francesco del Brina and Giovan Battista Naldini).


Palazzo del Collegio Puteano

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Palazzo del Collegio Puteano accanto alla chiesa di San Rocco Palazzo del Collegio Puteano - Pisa

The Palace is a building of the College Puteano Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa.

The building, adjacent to the church of San Rocco was built in its present form between 1594 and 1598 by joining a group of older houses.

In 1605 he was in perpetual lease granted to the Knights of Santo Stefano, Piedmont to house students of the University of Pisa, according to a wish of Archbishop Carlo Antonio Dal Pozzo (from which comes the name of Puteano).

The facade was decorated with allegorical frescoes between 1608 and 1609 by John Stephen Marucelli. After the suppression of the Order, the college remained open until 1925, but already in 1930 the Scuola Normale di Pisa did reopen as the student's home of the prestigious University which had its headquarters on the nearby Palazzo dei Cavalieri, a position he still holds today.