Nested on a hill with two
important rivers flowing in the below valley, Vicopisano is
situated in a strategic and enviable position since the
Etruscan time. Florence and Pisa fought for the control over
this territory that finally was conquered by Florence which
transformed Vicopisano into one of its most powerful
fortresses thanks to a strategic military system conceived by
Brunelleschi. Restored and well kept thanks to a local
cultural association run by Professor G. R. Fascetti, the
Fortress is characterized by its guard-tower which is opened
to the public.
The small town of Vicopisano
unwinds all around the Fortress: narrow streets, ancient
houses and tower-houses. The parish Church of Ss. Mary and
John, a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, houses
one of the rare medieval wooden "Deposition from the Cross"
in Tuscany and a cycle of 13th c. frescoes representing the
Life of the Virgin Mary.
From the parish Church, a path
leads up to the remains of the Verruca Fortress and the
Monastery of Saint Michael. Every second Sunday of each month
a flee market is held in Vicopisano and a Medieval
reevocation takes place on the first weekend of September.