THE BASILICA IN SAN PIERO A GRADO

9 February 2016
The tour..
Ideas...
Useful information...

The tour..

This impressive church can be seen from a long way away; it’s situated just 4 or 5 km from Pisa, on flat land which was once the lagoon of the old port of Pisa. Legend tells us that when St Peter arrived in Italy from Antioch, he disembarked here and laid the foundations of the basilica. Archaeological research has revealed traces of three different constructions: the first in the 3rd-4th century, the enlargement in the 7th-8th century, and the 10th century building we see today. Completely frescoed in the 14th century by Deodato Orlandi, we can still read the stories of St Peter and see the portraits of popes on the internal walls, marvel at the splendid capitals, all in different styles, and see traces of all the ancient basilicas.

Ideas...

A visit to the basilica can be rounded off by a visit to the San Matteo Museum in Pisa to see some beautiful medieval paintings and sculptures and a fine selection of the ceramics with an Arabic influence which decorate most of the medieval church façades, including San Piero a Grado.

Useful information...

  • A visit to this church lasts an hour at most and can be combined with a visit to the centre of Pisa or Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracles Square), a short cruise on the River Arno or a visit to San Rossore Park.
  • You can get to the basilica by bus but if you prefer to be comfortably driven by a private chauffeur, ask me for a free quotation.

More information