Carovana Palace

Local namePalazzo della Carovana
LocationSanta Maria, Pisa, Italy

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.

Tags UniversityPalaceArtFrescoesHistoric BuildingSculptureRenaissance ArchitectureFacade
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More information and contact


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Address Piazza dei Cavalieri, 56126 Pisa, Italy

Coordinates 43°43'10.807" N 10°24'2.259" E

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