The Tower at Sunset
Book Festival Pisa
Word goes that Pisa, around the thirteenth century, had some 5.000 Tower
Houses, all within the city walls, meant to protect the inhabitants
from external attacks.
Their particular structure allowed them to
open a workshop at street level for either a craft or a trade, then they
could have a warehouse and above again the actual dwellings.
top floor usually housed the kitchen which had a fireplace in the centre
of the room. They consisted of one or two rooms on each floor and their
growth was predominantly vertical, i.e. a sort of "skyscraper" whose
height depended on the ambitions and power of the owning family.
virtue of its history, the spaces within our Tower House are still the
original ones, that is why you will not find very spacious rooms, but
surely you will appreciate its antique atmosphere dating back to the
If Pisan ships could withstand the powerful
thrust of water, one could well think those same ship components could
also withstand the enormous weight of stone. We can thus envisage these
Pisan Tower Houses as reminiscent of actual and real ships set in a sea