This itinerary leads the visitor on the
footsteps of the famous Pisan scientist Galileo Galilei.
Starting from the Cathedral Square, where it is said that
Galileo Galilei made his first experiments about the Law of
Gravity and the Isochronism of the Pendulum, we proceed
walking along Via Santa Maria to reach The Royal Palace that
once belonged to the Medici, powerfull and renowned
Florentine family that supported Galilei throughout his
It was on the top of the Torre della Verga
d’Oro, a tower attached to the main body of the Palace, that
Galilei showed to the Grand Duke Francesco I the using of the
telescope and the satellites of Jupiter that he had
discovered. Not far from the Royal Palace stands La Sapienza,
a XV c. palace wanted by Lorenzo the Magnificent for holding
lessons of the University of Pisa.
Here Galileo gave his lectures and still
nowadays his personal chair is here kept. Contemporary
artists keep consacrating the link between Pisa and one of
its greatest citizens with their art, just like the frescoes
decorating one of the rooms of La Sapienza palace, made by
Adolfo de Carolis, and the monument that flanks the Guelph
Tower, by Pietro Cascella.