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Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale

The present appearance of the Royal Palace, home to the dynasties that governed Pisa in modern times, is the result of rebuilding during the late 16th century, by will of Francesco I de’ Medici, who decided to abandon the “Palazzo Vecchio” situated beside Church of S. Matteo and buy the land and houses in the area between via S. Maria, the Church of S. Nicolas and the river l’Arno. The new palace is a single building overlooking the Lungarno. The only building previously on the site to be spared was the “Tower of the Golden Rod” (della Vergadoro), from which Galileo is said to have shown the night sky to the Grand Dukes, through his telescope.



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