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Pisa is a Tuscan town in central Italy that crosses the Arno just before it flows into the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital of the province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower, the city of more than 91,104 inhabitants includes more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces and various bridges over the Arno. Much of the city's architecture has been funded from its history as one of the Italian Maritime Republics. The city is also home to the University of Pisa, whose history dates back to the 12th century. The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa was founded in 1810 by Napoleon and its offshoot is the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies the best sanctioned Superior Graduate Schools in Italy.