Palazzo della Carovana
Palazzo della Carovana
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,395 contributions
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Located in Knight’s Square is this interesting building which is part of Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, one of the city’s universities. It dates back to the mid-16th century when it was built as the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen. It’s unique exterior decor is called sgraffiti and features numerous allegorical figures.
Written February 14, 2020
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Margie D
York, PA623 contributions
Friends
Located in Piazza dei Cavalieri, this amazing palazzo was a school for the Knights of the Order of St Stephen and now a part of the university. The facade of the building is a technique of etching a pattern before the surface has dried, called sgraffito. Worth the walk down from the Leaning Tower, only about 5-7 minutes
Written January 9, 2019
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Travelingjohn123
Peterlee, UK2,300 contributions
I suspect this building and square will be an accidental bonus to many as opposed to an attraction. On the walking route to the cathedral and tower, it is worth a few minutes to appreciate its splendour.
Written August 19, 2020
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Susie1028
San Diego, CA2,006 contributions
The Palazzo Della Carvona is palace in Knights' Square, Pisa, Italy. It houses the main building of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. It is well worth a visit, just to see its exquisitely etched facade. The original "graffiti."
Written October 18, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland17,309 contributions
Couples
Some beautiful old 1960ts cars parked in front of the building to add to the charm and beauty. Fantastic! Recommended!
Written September 17, 2019
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MandyMC
Canterbury, UK338 contributions
This was a stunning building. Be patient and wait for people to pass for some great pictures. Watch out for the cars.
Written September 3, 2019
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
Couples
The palace is also known as Palazzo dei Cavalieri, because it was built as a headquarters of the Knights of St Stephen in the 16th century, designed by Giorgio Vasari. Its magnificent facade is characterized by plaster decorations representing zodiac signs and allegorical figures and the row of busts of the Grand Masters of the Order. Today, the palace is the main seat of the Scuola Normale Superiore, one of the best universities of Italy.
Written October 14, 2018
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Alan W
London, UK1,316 contributions
Couples
Large imposing building taking up most of one side of the Piazza Dei Cavalieri . We took a closer look at the large steps to the front that look like they should be somewhere else
Written October 31, 2017
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA22,781 contributions
Palazzo della Carovana (also Palazzo dei Cavalieri) is a palace in Knights' Square, Pisa, Italy, presently housing the main building of the Scuola Normale. It was built in 1562–1564 by Giorgio Vasari for the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen. The name, meaning "Palace of the Convoy", derives from the three-year period undertaken by the initiates of the Order for their training, called "la Carovana", to fight against the pirates. During the Napolionic wars Napoleon converted the building in to a school and it is still occupied by the Scuola Normale.
TIP Check out the cool fountain
Written June 15, 2017
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Jokebroekmans
Rotterdam, The Netherlands136 contributions
When we visited this square there was a second hand market and we passed our afternoon here but this square is stunning as every building you find here is very beautiful. Do not forget to look at the small details.
Written May 14, 2017
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