The Tower of Caprona on Monte PisanoHistorical Curiosities
The Tower of Caprona on Monte Pisano
If you follow the provincial road SP2 that from Pisa leads to Monte Serra, you will notice a tower in quite a precarious balance on a rock spur almost entirely excavated by a quarry... well, this is no daydream! It is 'Torre di Caprona', that is, what remains of an ancient castle that dominated Valle dell'Arno up to Pisa and the mouth of the River Arno. Although presently in a state of decline and abandonment, its peculiar position on the edge of a precipice excavated by man makes it a rare landscape beauty of great impact.
The Upezzinghi Tower, also known as Tower of Capronar, was built in the 19th century as a copy of the original one that, together with the castle, was destroyed by the Florentines in 1433 after conquering Pisa. In fact, you must know that in 1289 a battle between the Guelphs (Lucca inhabitants and Florentines) and Ghibellines (Pisa) took place: after a siege of 8 days, soldiers of the Guelph Alliance locked inside the castle had to surrender and get out by passing between two wings of enemy soldiers.
And guess who took part in this war action! None other than... Dante Alighieri! Yes, the Great Poet was part of the Florentine militia that conquered the Pisan stronghold. In the 21st Canto of the Inferno in the Divine Comedy, he cites the fear he saw in the faces of the defeated Pisan inhabitants, forced to parade before his eyes:
« così vid'ïo già temer li fanti
ch'uscivan patteggiati di Caprona,
veggendo sé tra nemici cotanti. »
I bet you are tempted to go and see the Tower of Caprona now! From the provincial road, once you approach Caprona take Via delle Cave and park at the end of the street; from there, continue walking along the uphill path through a suggestive olive grove.
Since it is so close to the city of the Leaning Tower, we recommend booking one of our tours in Pisa to discover the wonders of this beautiful city!
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