Sites in Pisa
The Scuola Normale was started in 1810 by a Napoleonic decree as a branch of the École Normale of Paris. It has its main premises in the historic building called Palazzo della Carovana in one of the most important squares of Pisa from the historic, artistic and urban points of view.
During its two hundred years of history, the Scuola Normale has acquired, through acquisitions and donations, some historic buildings in the town of Pisa that at present are the seats of its offices, its research laboratories and the students' colleges.
How to reach us
Pisa has an airport (Galileo Galilei) situated near the centre of the city. Some of the major airlines fly from Milano Malpensa, Roma Fiumicino, London, Paris and many other Italian and European destinations.
Trains between Florence and Pisa leave every twenty/thirty minutes; the journey from one city to the other takes around an hour.
To reach the Scuola Normale from the airport of Pisa, you can take a city bus. The No. 3 bus will take you to the “Ponte di Mezzo”, where you alight, go over the bridge into Borgo Stretto and turn left into Via Ulisse Dini; after around 200 metres you will come to Piazza dei Cavalieri, which houses Palazzo della Carovana,the site of the Scuola Normale.
You can also take a taxi, costing around 10 Euro.
To get to the Pisa site, the main train station is "Pisa Centrale", situated in the city centre around 1 km from the Scuola Normale.
Pisa can be reached from the principal European cities by train from the Florence, Turin, Genoa and Rome lines.
You can get to the Scuola from the train station by taking a bus for the historical part of the city. You can also take a taxi, costing around 5 Euro, or else you can go on foot, which takes 20-25 minutes.