The Certosa di Calci is set on a small plain on the slopes of the Pisan mountains called “Val Graziosa” (Pretty Valley). It is possible to notice the towering facade of the church even from a distance, with its prestigious white marble buildings and tall protective walls, surrounded by ancient olive trees and serene country life. The origins of the structure are from the mid 1300’s. However, what you see today has been mainly restructured to accommodate the monks that were fleeing from France, when Napoleon promulgated the dramatic laws that were closing down monasteries. The last 15 monks left the convent in 1969. Their job was to focus on the Carthusian life: contemplation, prayer punctuated with long retreats in solitude and silence. Beside the visit of the religious side of the monastery, you can visit the chambers of the Grand Duke, who spent much time in the Certosa, residing in the Foresteria Granducale. Dignitaries from all over the world have been entertained in these walls, one of the last was Tony Blair.
Part of the monumental Certosa is occupied by the Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa, one of the most ancient museums in the world.
The Museum preserves and enhances its collections, organizes and supports study and research plans, in collaboration with University departments and other national and international institutions, handles didactic and educational activities. The collection is representative of four centuries of research at the Pisa University combined with the Grand Duke’s collection. This impressive display of oddities has established its reputation as one of the world’s leading scientific museums.
Pick up in hotel at 9:30 am and transfer to Certosa di Calci, 30 minutes far from Pisa by bus.
Guided tour of Certosa.
Return in Pisa with our bus and drop off in hotel before lunch.
29 EURO per person (minimum 8 people)