Palazzo della Carovana, Pisa

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Palazzo della Carovana is a palace in Knights' Square, Pisa, Italy, presently housing the main building of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.It was built in 1562–1564 by Giorgio Vasari for the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen, as a renovation of the already existing Palazzo degli Anziani . 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".The façade is characterized by a complex scheme with sgraffiti representing allegorical figures and zodiacal signs, designed by Vasari himself and sculpted by Tommaso di Battista del Verrocchio and Alessandro Forzori, coupled to busts and marble crests. The current paintings date however to the 19th-20th centuries.Amongst the sculptures are the Medici Coat of Arms and that of the Knights, flanked by the allegories of Religion and Justice by Stoldo Lorenzi . The upper gallery of busts of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany were added in the late 16th-early 18th centuries, sculpted by Ridolfo Sirigatti, Pietro Tacca and Giovan Battista Foggini. PutPalazzo della Carovana into our Pisa tour itinerary planning tool and find out whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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.....  more »
  • Some beautiful old 1960ts cars parked in front of the building to add to the charm and beauty. Fantastic! Recommended!  more »
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  • It was built1562-1564 for the headquarters of Knights of St. Stephen. Presently housing the main building of the Scuola Normale Superiore de Pisa. The current paintings in the façade date of the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Impressive sgraffito decoration on the front
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