The University of Pisa is an Italian public research university located in Pisa, Italy. It was founded in 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI. It is the 19th oldest extant university in the world and the 10th oldest in Italy. It houses the Orto botanico di Pisa, – Europe’s oldest academic botanical garden, which was founded in 1544.

John Evelyn recorded that he visited both the University and the Garden during his visit to Pisa.

Lassels during his visit in the seventeenth century wrote:

“4. Some good Colledges there are but unfrequented then by reason of a late Plague: none running faster from the Plague than Scholars, especially when it comes near to the  Schools.

5. The Public Library is much enriched with the accession of Aldus Manutius his Library.

6. The Garden of Simples may be  rare , but we not understanding this Hearb Languige: hastened to the  House of the Knights of S. Steven.”

Richard Lassels, Voyage to Italy. 1670



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  • Diary, Wikipedia.