Piazza dei Cavalieri for the little ones

La statua di Cosimo I dei Medici (L. Corevi, Comune di Pisa)
La statua di Cosimo I dei Medici (L. Corevi, Comune di Pisa)
The statue located in this square portrays Cosimo I dei Medici. He established the new order of the Knights of Santo Stefano in 1562. This religious and military order had the task of defending the coasts of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

  • Look at the foot of the statue: what animal do you see and what does it symbolise in your opinion? (Answer 1 at the bottom of the page)
  • Observe the palace behind the statue: it is called Palazzo della Carovana because the caravans of the Knights departed from here. Today, however, the order no longer exists, only a foundation remains to remember them. Today, the knights who studied here have been replaced by normal students, it is the Scuola Normale Superiore.
  • Look at the façade of the building: how many zodiac signs are there? Only 8, because the other 4 are hidden by the staircase that was added later. Then, have fun finding the turtle: it is one of the symbols of Cosimo I, a turtle with a sail on its back, and represents the motto 'Festina Lente': hurry up slowly, or 'act without delay, but with caution'...
  • There are other animals and symbols on the façade : have fun finding more!
Last update: 31/03/2021

The dolphin symbolises the sea, or the Maritime Republic. The Medici wanted to show here the dominion of Florence over Pisa, conquered for the first time in 1406.

RINASCENTE
120m
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Recapito 050 580460
ATTICO SULLA TORRE
150m
Della Faggiola, 13
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CASA ARUNA
150m
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Recapito 333 4629065
RELAIS DELL'OROLOGIO
160m
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Recapito 050 8056138
LA SOSTA DEI CAVALIERI
60m
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Recapito 050 9912410
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Recapito 050 581259,050 580858
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110m
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