• 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. 

Laboratory of Sciences of Antiquity

Laboratory of Sciences of Antiquity

The Laboratory of Sciences of Antiquity, or LSA, was formed in 2011 by uniting the activities carried out by the LSATMA – Laboratory of History, Archaeology and Topography of the Ancient World and by the LILA – Laboratory of Computer Sciences for Ancient Languages "G. Nenci", founded respectively in 1984 and in 1991 by Giuseppe Nenci, thereby expanding and enriching research activities.

Interdisciplinary and innovative in its approach, the LSA works in different research areas: historical studies of the ancient world, especially in the areas interested by the Greek colonization,  digs and archaeological surveys in Sicily and Magna Graecia and the study of ancient, especially epigraphical, documents.

The LSA also conducts research into the application of computer technology to the humanities, such as the development of software for consulting databanks of ancient texts or the use of the web both for online academic tools and for the creation of resources such as portals.
Another mainstay for the LSA is supporting educational activities through seminars, workshops and consulting services on the tools offered.


Piazza dei Cavalieri, 1 56126 PISA
Tel. +39 050 509331/332/330/097/078/318/308
FAX: +39 050 563513
E-mail: lsa@sns.it