Literately translating to ‘Supply Square’, the Piazza delle Vettovaglie has a lot to offer!
Nestled in the historic centre of Pisa, this square is a bustling region with a local market, cafes, food shops, wine shops, and restaurants! Perfect for those wanting to see a lot without having to walk far between each spot!
The History of Piazza delle Vettovaglie
It was first constructed in the 16th century during the Medici rule. It was built to replace the older Piazza del Grano, as this spot was being the new headquarters for the University of Pisa. In 1494, the Opera del Duomo bought the buildings located in the Piazza, which at the time were being used for the pig trading business. The Opera knocked down many of the buildings, and created a new look for the square, with medieval towers with arches and loggias, a similar design to the Florentine architecture of Filippo Brunelleschi. The Opera, which had the right to grain sales, made these buildings apart of a new grain market, which flourished greatly.
The Historic Buildings
Still to this day, the square is primarily made up of ancient buildings and medieval towers. With structures dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. A fountain that connects to the aqueduct network from the Pisan Mountains was placed in the centre of the piazza.
The Food Market
Travel to Piazza delle Vettovaglie for both a historic adventure as well as a shopping trip! The entire region is bursting with colour on market mornings, with stalls set up to sell fresh fruit and vegetables! It is known for being one of the more affordable markets in Pisa, so it’s the perfect morning activity for those looking for a cheaper activity! However, don’t let the price fool you, as the quality of the produce is so good, many of the local restaurants use this market to pick up their weekly ingredients. Watch the local community haggle over prices and enjoy the local music that drifts through the square.
Don’t just visit the Piazza delle Vettovaglie during the market hours, for the permanent shops here are just as grand! It is a great place to people watch, by simply setting up in one of the outdoor tables to enjoy a delicious coffee or glass of wine while you see the locals bustling around the square. The taverns and restaurants are also great for an appetizer or dinner activity, the prices convenient and the local food delicious.