The Palazzo Reale was restored in 2001. Renovation work extended the museum space to include rooms such as the Cappella di Palazzo, the hanging walk leading to the Palazzo delle Vele, the Cantone Tower (better known as Verga d'Oro Tower), the octagonal room (overlooking the Via Santa Maria), and the covered balcony that will house the collection of 209 plaster casts donated by Italo Griselli.
Restoration work made it possible to open to the public walks, corridors and rooms dating back to a period when the palace was at the centre of an organized set of buildings which, together with the Church of San Nicola, formed a complex that contributed to the functioning of the grand-ducal court. Work has also been carried out on the ground floor, where renovated rooms will be used for the museum entrance, a bookshop and a café.
The museum is managed by Novamusa.
The palace was built in the latter half of the 16th century to a design by Buontalenti. It was the seat of the Medicean court during the winter, since Pisa served as the second capital of the Tuscan Grand Duchy.
The edifice was connected to the Church of San Nicola by two foot bridges, one of which has survived the devastation of World War II.
It currently houses the offices of the Artistic Heritage Commission as well as important and rare collections. The museum was set up in 1989. Its purpose was to give more visibility to the collections preserved in the former Municipal Museum by separating them from other works coming from the churches and other religious buildings. Notable works include portraits of members of the Houses of Medici and Lorraine, the noble families which elected Pisa and the Palazzo Reale as their residence.
Also worthy of note are the tapestries and furnishings executed for the Medici by Flemish and Florentine artists in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lorraine Room houses an important collection consisting of 900 items related to the historical Gioco del Ponte, established by the Medici in 1596 and still fought on the Ponte di Mezzo on the last Sunday of June.
From Monday to Friday 9:00-14:30
Euro 5,00; concessions for people aged 18 to 25 Euro 2,50; free admission for EU citizens under 18 or over 65. Ticket including the National Museum of San Matteo Euro 8,00; reduced ticket price Euro 4,00.
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Ph: +39 050 926511
Fax: +39 050 500099