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Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)

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Brun066 wrote a review Nov 2020
Florence, Italy9,823 contributions1,004 helpful votes
This castle (and the village below it) has a non-trivial location, which explains the importance it has had for centuries. On the one hand, in fact, it is at the extreme southwestern corner of the Monti Pisani massif, separating the once very powerful cities of Lucca and Pisa. On the other hand, in the past (although no longer today) it was very close to the two main rivers of Tuscany in terms of flow, the Arno and the Serchio: this flow allowed sailing by the boats of modest tonnage, typical of that time. The Arno touched the hill on which the castle stands (while today it runs much further south) and the Serchio up to the first centuries of the Middle Ages with its main branch crossed the current Bientina plain, then flowed into the Arno. Taking advantage of this strategic position, already at the beginning of the second millennium AD on the site a Pisan stronghold stands; although it has very little to do with the current one. On the other hand, the result of the castle's reconstruction work carried out at the beginning of the 15th century by the Republic of Florence (which had conquered it) and entrusted to Filippo Brunelleschi is still clearly visible. Especially the fortified ramp leading from the plain below to the top of the walls (currently under restoration) is highly characteristic. The guided tour is effectively conducted by the staff: it concerns both the part that was the former residence of the "vicars" (governors) sent from Florence (therefore with a layout that is more reminiscent of a palace), and the tower, very high , featuring bare and military spaces, whose top - very panoramic - is reached by a daring series of stone and wood stairs. Overall, this is an attraction not to be missed.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jan Hospodarsky wrote a review Aug 2019
Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia96 contributions60 helpful votes
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We visited this place together with oir 6 years old daughter who absolutely loved it! She climbed all the stairs with ease and liked all the views from the tower as well as the armors and weapons in there. The history and purpose of the tower was explained to us by an extremely good guide. The tower offers a breathtaking views and gives you a special feeling of the past. The place is also being renovated. It is great that they take care of it.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from andreafL9835LJ, Owner at Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)
Responded Aug 24, 2019
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment! Andrea Owner
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Henri L wrote a review Jul 2019
Kirkkonummi, Finland55 contributions27 helpful votes
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This is really a hidden jewel in Tuscany and Pisa region - still authentic, not too much made for the purpose of tourism - more for a "local pride" and for purpose of preserving history. Very professional 2-hour guided tour is included in the price, which was a nice surprise. Children from 8y to 18y enjoyed as well. Be there right on the opening time to join the tour.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Pieter P wrote a review Oct 2018
Leiden, The Netherlands425 contributions75 helpful votes
already on the FIPILI you get the signs of the Rocca, a bit misleading as only a small part has been designed and built by the famous architect. It is really a medieval fortress located on a hill top with an excellent view over the valley. Opening hours are very limited unfortunately.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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davespnr wrote a review Aug 2018
St. Neots, United Kingdom21 contributions1 helpful vote
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Visited almost be accident. Was walking around Vicopisano and wanted to generally look around. Accidentally found a brilliant and passionate tour! A father/daughter pair of guides who could communicate in multiple languages (English/Italian/French witnessed) and cared so deeply about their town and its history. As we went further through the tour it became ever more interesting and challenging (steps and height!) with each level of the tower the view became more spectacular until we could see for miles and understood the history of the area!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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