Though less likely to draw tourist curiosity, the University of Pisa is, culturally speaking, the hub of this Tuscan city, the only attitude possible one can have as to this institution referring to the respect owed to it by force of its historic tradition as cultural establishment and of its present merits. Thus, the University has been officially founded in mid 14th century, namely, in 1343, upon the edict of Pope Clement VI, and one of its prides refers to its botanical garden (orto botanico), the first academic establishment of this kind in Europe.

The University underwent long periods of growth given the respect for culture from the part of certain renowned families, such as the Medici. Furthermore, the University has numerous connections to various names in the field of science, art, politics and culture in general, such as Vito Volterra, Carlo Sforza, Giovanni Gentile, Galileo Galilei, Enrico Fermi and Andrea Bocelli, just to cite a few.

University of Pisa
Lungarno Pacinotti 44, Pisa, Italy