Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)

Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)

Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)
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Cannuckk
Langley, Canada359 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Our visit to the Rocco was worthwhile I think ( although my wife would have a different conclusion) but to a tourist who can’t speak Italian, I’m not sure I can fully recommend it.
The castle itself is very interesting and historic, set at the top of a beautiful village. The entrance fee is only 7 euro (2021) which included a 1.5 hour guided tour, which I would normally have considered quite a bargain. Our clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide ( I think he may also be the owner) accommodated us two (of ten) non Italians in our group by providing a brief English summary at the end of each of his commentaries. Of course when the Italian version is 10 minutes, and the English is two, you quickly realize you must be missing a great deal. I mention this as a comment rather than a criticism because I could never have expected, especially during the off season, a dedicated English tour in a small village somewhat off the beaten tourist track. So, while the English translation was appreciated, it did require us to listen to over an hour of Italian commentary to gain what was for us, about 15 minutes of worthwhile information. Our tour started at 4pm on a sunny November afternoon, but at its end, when the breeze came up and the temperature dropped, we were glad when the 1.5 hours was over.
Climbing up and down each level of steep stairs in the Tower was quite an adventure, and I’m glad I did it, but back in Canada I’m pretty sure safety standards are such that we wouldn’t have been allowed to do the same in the fading light of an early November evening. I don’t recall seeing any warning signs about non accessibility for older or physically challenged folks before the tour. If there aren’t any, there should be. And if I were the owner, I might be inclined to move the last tour to a slightly earlier hour in the autumn months to avoid issues with lack of light on challenging stairs. Having said all that, I’m glad I did the tour.
Written November 7, 2021
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Dear Cannuckk thank you for your long and detailed comment. The guide was not the owner (it’s me, indeed) but the head of our guides. Because of his passion and enthusiasm, that tour was almost half an hour longer then the usual ones, That day we were also missing one of our tour guides’team and your “neverending” tour also generated the complaints of many people who had to do the next tour. I am happy that - at the end - you were glad but we know we have to improve the setting of our visits. The interest on the Rocca (not Rocco…) is incredibly growing in the last few months and since this is the trend we will surely invest to better satisfy the expectations of our more and more foreign visitors.
Written November 13, 2021
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Jan Hospodarsky
Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia96 contributions
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, Finland64 contributions
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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davespnr
St. Neots, UK22 contributions
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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ken c
2 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
While in Vicopasarno we took a tour of the tower.The views from top were spectacular and well worth the climb.Through each part of the castle from the prison cells, the walls and the tower we were given excellent explanation and history.Many levels within the tower had period pieces adding to the unique nature of the living life in times of siege

We would like to thank especially oue excellent tour guide Ester Marinai for making this visit to the castle well worth remembering.

Thank you Ken and Jenny Cooper
Written August 31, 2016
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auntyrakey
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
Our guide is a university professor and Rocca Di Vicopisano is obviously his life work. His passion for the history of this castle was obvious.
Written November 14, 2015
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debzcar48
Ipswich, UK23 contributions
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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Tina Y
Ebersberg, Germany4 contributions
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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Maria S
Napton-on-the-Hill, UK50 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We were staying close to Vicopisano and could see the castle in the distance so decided to visit. I think it is only open on weekends so we went on Sunday afternoon, not expecting much. Instead we had an excellent tour in English, just for our family. We were shown around the small museum, then taken into the dungeon, then up into the castle proper and high up to the top of the tower. The views were amazing and well worth the climb up increasingly steep ladders - be warned! (Kids loved it - I wish I hadn't worn a skirt!). We were there at least an hour and then wandered around the nice little town. Most enjoyable.
Written August 19, 2016
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Robert H
Sydney, Australia440 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The guided tour of the Rocca del Brunelleschi was the highlight of our few days in this quaint little North Tuscan village. This was made so much better by the quality of the guide who appears to have dedicated his life to its history and upkeep.
The older section and the prison were interesting but when we climbed the tower it was magic. The guide has intimate knowledge of the history and his passion comes across. He even weeds the paths as he walks along!
There are a lot of steep steps and ladders to climb so it is not suitable to those who would find this a problem. Each level has a large room such as for cooking, sleeping, weapons and lots of tales along the way. This is a classic defensive building and if you only make one visit in Vicopisano this must be the one.
Written June 28, 2016
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