22 February 2016

The Museum of the Ancient Ships: an astonishing discovery, unique in the world. It is so exciting to see how the archaeologists have shared all the steps involved in the removal of the ships with all their load, the different phases of the restoration work and the instalment of ships in this ancient and marvellous location: : Pisa’s 16th century naval dockyard. After the ships sank in Pisa’s harbour, they became trapped in the sand, which preserved them perfectly, even their nails, until they were discovered totally by chance in 1998. This museum offers a fantastic archaeological journey into the origins of the Pisa area, which confirms that the city was home to one of the major ports of the Mediterranean for 300 years. Ideal for the children.

The Museo Opera del Duomo: we are very grateful to the bishop of Pisa, who renovated this wonderful museum, with its superb 12th century original bronze doors by Bonanno Pisano, the splendid 13th and 14th century marble sculptures by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, and the treasure, finally displayed, of the Holy Roman German Emperor Henry VII, buried in the cathedral. The pearl of this museum is the panoramic terrace where we can almost touch the tower. A impressive view over the Miracle Square.

The Museo di San Matteo: housed in an ancient convent on the riverside, the museum is well-known for its beautiful medieval works: the painted crosses, a unique collection in the world, the wooden painted sculptures, important paintings, marble sculptures by the Pisano school and the largest collection in the world of Arabic ceramic basin, which testify the very strong and ancient relationship between Pisa and the Middle East. The entire history of Pisa in a single museum!

The tour...
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The tour...

You need a whole day to visit all the museums, but you have the chance to visit the cathedral square, where the Museo Opera del Duomo is situated, the historic center, the Museum of Ancient Ships and the Museo di San Matteo, located on the river side.

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Museums opening hours:

  • Museum of the Ancient Ships: Wednesday from 2.30 to 6.30 pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6.30 pm.
  • Museo Opera del Duomo: From 9 am to 7 pm.
  • Museo Di San Matteo: Closed on Monday.

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