Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)

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Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)

Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,372 contributions
Enviable position, which in the past determined the birth of this mighty stronghold
Oct 2020
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.
Written November 12, 2020
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Jan Hospodarsky
Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia96 contributions
Unique experience
Aug 2019 • Family
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.
Written August 23, 2019
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Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment! Andrea Owner
Written August 24, 2019
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Henri L
Kirkkonummi, Finland55 contributions
Excellent tour in authentic keep
Jun 2019 • Family
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.
Written July 4, 2019
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Pieter P
Leiden, The Netherlands454 contributions
a real attraction, but check opening hours!
Sep 2018
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.
Written October 14, 2018
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davespnr
St. Neots, UK21 contributions
Passionate
Aug 2018 • Family
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!
Written August 15, 2018
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debzcar48
Ipswich, UK20 contributions
Brilliant !
Sep 2017 • Family
Went on Sunday afternoon. Didn't have to wait long for a tour. The professor as mentioned by others on here was incredibly knowledgable, interesting and somewhat quirky - in a good way. This is obviously his life and passion. We all found the tour to be thoroughly enjoyable and learnt a lot about the history of the area. Despite a bit of rain, we loved this trip.
Written September 12, 2017
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Maria0663
Radlett, UK133 contributions
Amazing View of the Countryside
Aug 2017 • Family
The tower and walls of the ancient town of Vicopisano definitely worth a visit, to learn about the history of the area and all about the importance of vicopisano during ancient times
Written August 24, 2017
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Janet P
Dursley, UK20 contributions
A hidden gem
Aug 2017 • Family
We stayed in Vicopisano by chance; whilst wandering around we came across the Rocca di Vicopisano, which we discovered would be open for a tours at the weekend. We visited on a very hot Sunday morning. The tour was really interesting, our guide, John, spoke in Italian and English to the small group. There is a room full of ancient documents; we climbed all the way to the top of the tower (the last couple of flights were just ladders) and when we got to the top, John played a trumpet! Amazing views! Well worth a visit
Written August 16, 2017
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Michaelshall
Ottawa, Canada62 contributions
Great tour of a historic monument- a wonderful view of surroundings
Sep 2016
My wife and I took a tour of the castle and premises and were thoroughly impressed! The tour guide was very knowledgeable in the history of the castle and spoke in English as well as Italian. It is an impressive tower with multiple rooms accessed by long steep wooden ladders. The view from the top is breathtaking! From the mountains to the valley below! A must see when in Tuscany!
Written October 16, 2016
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Tina Y
Ebersberg, Germany4 contributions
Absolutely worth it - unfortunately only weekends!
Sep 2016 • Couples
Had a lovely 2h guided tour through the castle, down into the dungeon and up to the tower - full of details and history, led by a professor for this subject (!) who would answer any question and made the tour both in Italian and English for a group of just four people. Subtle humour included. We absolutely loved it and can only recommend! Be there on time: Only on weekends, Sunday tour begins 10:00. For parking, take "Via del Pretorio" and you will find a place.

In case you love it as much as we did, please spread the word!
Written September 11, 2016
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