Porta Santa Marta, Gondole, Acquedotto
A little further on is the port of the Gondole, so called for the small basin of water, where today the Macinante (or dei Mulini) canal flows, which from Ripafratta reaches Pisa. The canal was commissioned by Cosimo I to operate, through the power of water, the millstones of the wheat processing mills. From the port of the Gondole, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, illustrious characters, such as Mary and P.B. Shelley, Montesquieu, nobles and priests moved along the canal to reach the thermal station of San Giuliano Terme with elegant gondolas.
Via Garibaldi Giuseppe, 18
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo