An unappealing name, old chipped stones and a spectacular view – you can only get here by taking difficult roads or the easier paths that go through the countryside of the villages at the foot of the mountain.
Nowadays, the Rocca della Verruca (Verruca Fortress) in Calc iis “just” that, at least for the tourists who don’t know its history. However, for people from Pisa, the fortress is a great source of local pride.
Given its height, which presides over the Arno valley and almost overlooks the rooftops of the city, most of the events related to the fortunes of the Tuscan maritime republic (and its fall) have happened here.
Several times over the centuries, the armies of enemies have had to stop at the foot of the unconquerable fortress, and in 1403, with the city already in the hands of its eternal rivals (the hated Florentines, who bought their victory with money when they couldn’t conquer it with arms), the last defenders surrendered there, despite their extreme but useless resistance.