• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

This building lies on the east side of Piazza dei Cavalieri. It has a complementary role to Palazzo della Carovana since the compositional outlines of the two façades are analogous. Many scholars attribute the original design to Giorgio Vasari.

The construction of the Palazzo della Canonica, which took place under the supervision of David Fortini, began in 1566 with a project that aimed at uniting pre-existing structures into a single element. The plan was inspired by that of convents, with a double portico and thirteen independent housing units located on three floors.

The work lasted off and on for nearly forty years and was often interrupted by the use of the economic resources in the construction of the Santo Stefano church.

Palazzo della Canonica was intended to be used by the clergy of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen, a military and monastic institution founded in 1561 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’ Medici, in order to bring the glorious seafaring past of the ancient Pisan Republic under the insignia of the duke and to combat the incursions of the Turks and infidels in the Mediterranean. Until the Order was suppressed, the Prior of the adjacent Chiesa dei Cavalieri (Church of the Knights) and the Chaplain knights lived in the Canonica, or rectory; in the final decades of the 20th century the building first housed high-ranking prelates and then the City Engineering Offices of Pisa. At the beginning of the 1980s City Engineering restructured the part of the building which lies between the main entrance and via Ulisse Dini.

The building is now home to the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Research, Planning and Management of Cultural Heritage of the Scuola Normale Superiore, directed by Salvatore Settis, art and classical archaeology historian. There are also offices of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and of Pisa City Engineering.

It will be used to house part of the library of the Scuola Normale.