The area where the Domus is located was occupied by vegetable gardens until about 1868. It was not until 1870 that it became inhabited and in fact an engraving of 1872 shows a road, perpendicular to the city walls, leading to a building. The long building is classified in the General Cadastre of Tuscany of the Napoleonic period as a ‘house’, surrounded by other parts of land called ‘kitchen garden with water conservatory’ or simply ‘kitchen garden’, all in the name of the same owners: Piazzi Tomaso and Gaspero di Giovan Marco.
In keeping with the will of its founder and thanks to the efforts of the Institutio Santoriana Fondazione Comel, the Domus maintains today much of its original purpose. In 2018 it was granted as the see of the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body (CSMBR) and since then it hosts international conferences, summer schools, lectures and exhibitions which gather in Pisa some of the best scholars in the world.
Projects are currently in place to refurbish some of the Domvs’ facilities to host a new expanded Biblioteca Santoriana. If you wish to contribute by adopting a book or donating to the CSMBR, you find out more about this in the section support us.