We will guide you through the discovery of a medieval jewel of a castle, built upon a rocky outcropping that from time immemorial has dominated the Arno river valley. This is Vicopisano, still surrounded by its ancient walls, defended by its towers and impregnable from its lofty, craggy post, an engineering feat of the brilliant Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi.
Vicopisano, which likely has its origins in Roman times, was for centuries a vital strategic outpost for the Pisan Republic, located as it was between Lucca and Florence. The Republic always kept a keen eye on their fort, considering it crucial to maintaining their power. This was confirmed when in its fall in 1406 opened the way to the conquering of Pisa, which months later came under Florentine dominion.
We will walk the charming streets of this 14th century medieval village and visit the Romanesque Pieve, whose austere but enchanting simplicity remains to this day unaltered, true to the original basilica plans.
We will visit the Palazzo Pretoria, with its façade embellished with stone and earthenware coats of arms made by the famous Della Robbia workshop. On the weekends one may also visit the dungeons of the Palazzo and Brunelleschi’s castle, a military masterpiece by a genius widely considered the greatest architect of the Renaissance.
Length: approximately 2 hours*
Cost: 120 €
Hours for Brunelleschi’s Castle:
Saturday from 15:30 – 19:30
Sunday from 10 to 12:30 and 15:30 – 19:30
Open from April until the last week of July. Closed August; reopens the first weekend of September until the end of November.
Ticket price: € 4.50 standard and € 3.00 discount (for children and groups).
If a guided tour has been booked, we will take care of the entrance reservation.
The castle is not handicap accessible.
* Indicates the length of a standard tour, Indicates the duration of a standard tour, which can be shortened or lengthened according to your wishes and compatibility with the type of excursion.