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A city of Miracoli

Unlike Florence, which is highly commercialized, Pisa is serene and laid-back. Known all over the world for its leaning tower (Torre pendente) and the Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa still stays the least-known of the Italian cities. A Rennaisance city that was once a wealthy seaport, it welcomes today tourists from all over the world with its Pisan-Romanesque style churches, the Campo Santo (the most beautiful cemetery in the world), trattorias, boutiques, and an atmosphere of cultured bohemia.

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Palazzo della Carovana

Palazzo della Carovana

Historic palace, now a school

Historic palace, now a school Editors' Note

Palazzo della Carovana, also known as Palazzo dei Cavalieri is the main building of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Piazza dei Cavalieri. The palace was built in 1562/64 by Giorgio Vasari for the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen, a Tuscan dynastic-military order founded in 1561.

The façade of the Palazzo della Carovana is ornate with sgraffiti representing allegorical figures and zodiacal signs, designed by Vasari and sculpted by Tommaso di Battista del Verrocchio and Alessandro Forzori.

Palazzo della Carovana
Via Consoli Del Mare, 2, 56126 Pisa
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