The Medici family was known for many things - some not particularly pleasant - but at their best they were great patrons of the arts. It's fitting that the Palazzo Reale, one of their palaces dating from the late 16th century, should now house a magnificent collection of portraits, tapestries, furnishings and other works of art. In addition to their permanent collection, the curatorial staff also regularly mounts special exhibitions. Of particular interest is the collection of items related to Pisa's famous Gioco del Ponte ("Battle of the Bridge"), an annual mock-battle pageant that has been held on the last Sunday of June for the past seven centuries.
Although easily overlooked among the other titans in and around the Piazza dei Miracli, the Museo... Read more