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Filettole

Filettole is situated near the border with the Province of Lucca and on the right bank of the river Serchio. It was part of the defensive system of Pisa, wich aimed at protecting the area against the raids of neighbouring Lucca. Towards the year 1000, Filettole belonged to the Bishop's Revenue of Lucca; then it came under Pisa and experienced the occupation of Luchino Visconti and later of Niccolò Piccinino....

Nozzano Castello

Nozzano Castello is a small charming village perched on a huge isolated rock with almost vertical faces at a bight of the river Serchio. It is in the Plain of Lucca, not far from the imposing renaissance walls of the town. From here we have a magnificent panorama of the cultivated countryside and its surrounding hills; we can also clearly discern other fortified places: Torre dell' Aquila, the castle of Castiglione, that of...

Mura di Lucca

Le Mura urbane di Lucca con 96 ettari a verde totalmente pedonale rappresentano una realtà unica nel panorama dell’architettura e dell’urbanistica europea. Realizzate fra il 1513 ed il 1650 sono uno dei maggiori esempi di fortificazione rinascimentale italiana. Persa la funzione militare sono oggi un grande parco pubblico amato dai cittadini e dai viaggiatori che circonda e delimita il centro storico con una passeggiata sopraelevata e alberata di 4.2 chilometri da...

Eremo di Rupecava

The hermitage of Santa Maria ad Martyres, also known as Rupecava, is an Augustinian monastery located on the hills of Ripafratta. Consecrated in 1214, the hermitage Rupecava was one of the many secluded settlements that dotted the Monte Pisano in the Middle Ages. In 1749 at Rupecava there was still a small community of Augustinian friars, between four and six religious. In 1801, the monks of the monastery of San Nicola...

Rocca della Verruca

537 m above sea level, it overlooks and dominates the whole pisan plain and the course of the Arno river. Its strategic position has always contributed to the safety of Pisa, which for centuries fought bloody battles against the florentines. In 1402, after the florentine conquest of Pisa, the stronghold was destroyed to avoid its becoming a threat again. Its most ancient part, dating from the 8th century, is built in...

Rocca del Brunelleschi

Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Rocca is one of the most important monuments in the world of Italian fortifications. On July 16th 1406 a Florentine army after nine months of siege managed to subdue Vicopisano. It was necessary to build a fortress to defend this precious achievement, an impregnable fortress. Thus the Florentine government commissioned to Filippo di Ser Brunellesco a project that already caused a sensation at the presentation of...

Rocca di Ripafratta

The fortress, now fallen in ruins,  is characterized by an irregular polygonal wall, occupied in the center by a square tower;  two other towers are next to the walls . The whole area between Lucca and Pisa, in particular the one currently known as Lungomonte Sangiulianese, became in the early Middle Ages an area rich in civil, military and religious structures in Romanesque style: churches, towers, small villages, numerous water...