BRUNELLESCHI’S FORTRESS IN VICOPISANO
In the centre of Vicopisano’s historic centre is the magnificent fortress known as La Rocca.
The brainchild of the Renaissance engineer Brunelleschi, this impressive feat of Renaissance engineering was designed to both trap and defeat the enemy.
Brunelleschi’s Medieval masterpiece is both fascinating and intriguing and for a small entrance fee visitors can take a guided tour with either local historian Professor Giovanni Fascetti or one of his team.
Enjoy a couple of hours discovering the history and anecdotes surrounding this incredible building.
This is a wonderful opportunity to visit an historic monument without bounds! Visit the dungeons, climb the impressive watchtower and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside.
Children and adults alike will delight in trying on the burnished armour and handling the Medieval weapons.
Even if you are not a history buff we highly recommend a visit to this wonderful monument by Florence’s Renaissance master architect.
THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA
The Leaning Tower of Pisa needs no introductions as it is probably one of the most photographed monuments in Italy. Thanks to modern intervention and engineering this famous monument which once threatened to topple can now be visited and climbed to the top.
A visit to the region of Pisa would not be complete without a visit to the famous Leaning Tower. Apart from its precarious lean this is an absolutely beautiful monument which stands alongside others in a breathtaking square known today as the ‘Square of Miracles’.
The Piaggio (Vespa) Museum
The Vespa scooter….. it’s up there with the Leaning Tower, pizza and Pavarotti when one brings to mind the symbols of Italy. The Piaggio factory which produces this motorized icon is in the nearby town of Pontedera.
Here you’ll find a small museum with an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Vespa. Today’s museum is situated in what was once the company tool shop. The Vespas on display are some of the most beautiful and rarest of their kind.
All the displays are labelled in English as well as Italian and there is a small bookshop with some Vespa memorabilia.