Getting to know the Normale

Getting to know the Normale


Since 1810 the SNS has promoted culture, teaching and research, thus contributing to the social, economic and cultural growth of Italy and Europe.

The Normale introduces itself

The Normale is a place where scientific, technological and cultural challenges find a fertile, open and stimulating ground, where the critical knowledge,  scientific rigour and intellectual curiosity can develop.


Founded in 1810, the Normale has lived through the last two centuries of the history of Italy, and has often stood at its crossroads: from Napoleon to the Unification, from the two world wars to the Republic.


The sites: seven historical palazzi in Pisa and one in Florence, in the heart of the two cities, host the teaching, research and administrative activities of the Scuola Normale Superiore. In addition there is the Palazzone di Cortona (Arezzo), an annexed

The Programmatic Development Plan

The Programmatic Development Plan is the document that sets out the strategic guidelines of the SNS up to 2024, defining the objectives that will guide the operational choices of the academic and management structures.

CUG, CGCE and Confidential counsellor

The Joint Committee for Equal Opportunity, the Ethical Committee and the Confidential Counsellor act in synergy - on different levels and with coordinated actions - to promote and guarantee the development of a culture of equal opportunities


The authorities define the objectives and issue the general directives and priorities for the educational and research activities and the administrative life of the Scuola.

Federated University Institutions

The Scuola Normale is federated with the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and the University School for Advanced Studies in Pavia, the only other two Italian university institutions with special status

Associations and foundations

The SNS collaborates with associations aimed at enhancing relationships with alumni, promoting its didactic and scientific activities and developing and increasing relationships with the research, business and employment system.