Neighbourhoods, streets and squares

Piazze delle Vettovaglie

Monumental palazzos, trattorias and local market

Located in the historic center of Pisa, this characteristic piazza’s name sums up its primary function—Piazza delle Vettovaglie literally means Supply Square. Every morning, it becomes a local market where residents can stock up on their fruit, vegetables and other food products. Surrounded on all sides by porticos, the piazza boasts cafes, wine shops, butchers, fish-sellers, bakeries and spice shops.

It was built during the Medici rule in the 16th century and was created following the decision to use the ancient Piazza del Grano (Grain) as the headquarters of the University of Pisa. In 1494, the Opera del Duomo, which had the rights to grain sales, bought the buildings in this area which was being used in the pig trade at the time. The Opera demolished some buildings and built others, such as the portico that surrounds the entire piazza, turning it into an irregular square with a double loggia and arches that bring to mind the Florentine architecture of Filippo Brunelleschi.

It flourished as the new grain market, thanks in large part to its proximity to the port and the ability to facilitate commercial trading. Still today, the square is primarily adorned by ancient houses, towers and medieval towers dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. A fountain that connects to the aqueduct network from the Pisan Mountains was placed in the center of the piazza.
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