Garden Scotto is on the lungarno Fibonacci inside the Cittadella Nuova, that is a fort built in 1468 by Florentines to take under control the city and discourage every sign of rebellion of Pisans.
In 1789 Family Scotto acquired the Fort and made it a palace surrounded by huge green spaces. Then the palace was completely destroyed by the bombing in 1943-44 and only the garden survived.
Nowadays in the garden there are a natural anphitheater, a recreation ground, a boardwalk along the wall and a park full of centenary trees, where in the middle stands an enormous sycomore, which, as tradition says, would have been planted during a Carlo Goldoni's theatrical performance in the Verdi Theatre of Pisa.
This garden is a small green oasis where it is possible to relax in a well-shaded place, two steps far from the city center.
Address: lungarno Fibonacci
How to get: lines 2, 5 e 14, green lam
Opening hours: January, November and December: 9.30 am - 4:30 pm / February, March and October: 9.00 am-6:00 pm / April: 9.00 am-7.00 pm / Mai, June and September: 9.00 am-8.00 pm / July and August: 8.00 am-8.00 pm.
BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PISA
The Botanical Garden of the University of Pisa is a regular museum and was established in 1544 as the most ancient botanical garden of the University in the world, even if placed initially in the Medici's arsenal.
Several changes have modified the garden in the course of time, such as the changing of place, but also the varying of needs and scientific criteria the classic botanics was used to apply in classifying and presenting samples.
Nowadays the garden covers an area of about 3 hectars and shows many collections that count among the others, an arboretum with conifers and ametiferas, the "Orto del Mirto" with around 140 species of pharmaceutical plants and a wide collection of aquatic plants, mostly extinct in nature.
Address: via Luca Ghini, 5
How to get: lines 4 e 21
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 5.30 pm / Saturday: 8.30 am - 01.00 pm
Entrance fee: full price € 2,00; reduced € 1,50
SAN ROSSORE GARDEN
The estate of San Rossore belongs to the “Parco di Migliarino, San Rossore e Massaciuccoli”, a very green space of about 24.000 hectars between the province of Pisa and Lucca.
Only few minutes of motorway far from Pisa, this estate represented once a presidential residence surrounded by wide gardens and woods, formerly property of the President of Italian Republic and much earlier of the King of Italy.
It belogs today to the Regione Toscana's heritage, open to public on Sunday and holidays. It can be visited by feet or bike, but there is also the possibility to do a guided tour by horse or carriage. .
Address: locality Cascine Vecchie
Opening hours: closed 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
From March to October
holidays: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and holiday: 10.00 am -1.00 pm / 2.00 - 4.00 winter time
Saturday, Sunday and holiday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm /4.30 pm - 6.30 pm summer time
From November to February
Saturday, Sunday and holiday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm