Citadella Nuova / Giardino Scotto

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Lungarno Leonardo Fibonacci, Pisa, Italy

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Citadella Nuova / Giardino Scotto Sep 15, 2017
This fortress once defended the spot where the Arno river flows into the eastern side of the city. Its name, “New Citadel“ was chosen to distinguish it from the “Old Citadel“, which is located where the river flows out of the city on its western side. Construction began in 1440, the walls were built to a certain thickness considering the new invention of the cannon as a possible weapon of attack.

When Pisa began to lose its importance after the conquest by Florence in 1509, the citadel lost its importance as well. It started falling into decay until a shipping entrepreneur called Domenico Scotto bought it. He built a palace in there, but preserved most of the old citadel. Since the 1930s, the gardens were often used for open air concerts and theatrical performances. The palace was destroyed in WWII, the palace gardens are preserved and known as Giardino Scotto.

A large part of the citadel is in still derelict conditions and off limits to the public. Others are well maintained but only open for special events like those mentioned. The gardens however are open during day time to the public, they have also integrated a part of the structure of the citadel so that you can enjoy this medieval fortress for free. As most parts are not open to the public however, you will most probably spend less than 15 minutes here, unless you want to take a break and relax in the gardens.
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