Piazza dei Cavalieri is one of the most famous squares in the city. In the 16th century, it became the centre of the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano at the behest of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de 'Medici. Today, the Scuola Normale of Pisa is located here.
During the thrill of the sixties and seventies, the square was used as the starting point for marches and political demonstrations. Among these is Pisa79, an event that became a milestone for the Italian LGBTQ+ movement. Pisa79 is considered the first official Italian Pride as the first manifestation by a homosexual collective authorized by the police headquarters and sponsored by the Municipality of Pisa.
According to estimates, there were about 300 participants on November 24, 1979, with the group joined by both the curious and by allies such as feminist collectives. The procession went along the streets of the historic centre, passing from Ponte di Mezzo, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Italia, finally ending in the famous Piazza dei Miracoli.