With mighty brown walls and even mightier, even browner trees, the Giardino Scotto is beautiful garden nestled within an impressive ancient fortress located in Pisa. At the heart of the New Citadel built by Giovanni Domenico Scotto Livorno lies this beautiful park, home to an open air theater, a playground and large grassy areas. This is a great place for a picnic or just to gambol around. You can also explore the vast area, with all its ancient walls and ruins. If you’re tired and really just want a quick rest stop, this garden is a great place to rest before you travel on.
The New Citadel lies along the banks of the Arno river, and is one of two such bastions in the city. It was built in 1440 but was damaged due to the following battles Pisa was involved in. The fortress was restored by a Florentine architect, namely Giuliano da Sangallo. The Scotto family purchased the fort in 1798, and upon it they maintained a lush, green patch. Ultimately, that space was turned into a beautiful garden, with a great, big Plane Tree emerging from the center. The area became a public garden, with the occasional theatrical show and exhibition and till day, it is a well loved public park.
Today, if you visit this park, you’ll see lots of students with their friends and families spending time together. You can take a walk down to the gardens escape the city’s heat or even catch an open air movie if you’re there during summer. Jasmine and honeysuckle will tickle your nose and soothe your mind as you stroll, the shade of leaves protecting you from too much brightness. You can pack a delicious picnic basket and sit in the cool grass. You can take your shoes off and plant your tired feet on cold soil and stretch while children play nearby. There are limitless options of ways you can enjoy yourself in the Giardino and spending an evening trying out as many as possible would be an evening well spent.
- Jump on the trampolines. It's a nice way to relax.
- If you can access the upper sections, you’ll grab some fabulous views.
- Ongoing construction work might hamper you if you try climbing up the ancient walls.
- Entry is free.
- Take a bus or a train to Lungarno from the city center.
- Bella Napoli (Italian, European/Moderate)
- Uno Pizza Italy (Pizza. Italian)
- L'Artilafo (Italian, Seafood, Fusion, European)
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19.39% of people who visit Pisa include Giardino Scotto in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
33.33% of people start their Giardino Scotto visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Giardino Scotto
83.87% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Giardino Scotto
A hidden gem that only the locals seem to know about. There's an open air screen here, although I'm not sure what and when they have screenings. No cage open when we visited which is a shame but take you own picnic and enjoy the shade or the sun whilst sitting on the grass or in the comfy chairs.
Very nice but they should have more signs to tell tourist that the Pisa wall end it is right there, worth it
Lovely little park bordered by some of the ancient walls of Pisa. Shady spot to enjoy a picnic or for the kids to play.
Beautiful little park. Full of history (ancient city walls, mysterious little corners) and imposing trees. Great for children of all ages, thanks to a lovely playground. Romantic place. It also hosts an open air cinema, in summer. Excellent location - it can be reached on foot in 10 minutes from the city center, through a pedestrian zone.
Nice, calm park. Not too many tourists come here. Only downside is that the public toilets were closed.