INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Padua

(4.6/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the stargazers of yore at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, an astronomical observatory built in a 9th-century defense tower, prison, and torture chamber. After the former castle was abandoned in the 13th century, the tower was reclaimed in 1761 as an observatory, with observation rooms specifically built as vantage points of the galaxy. This was one of the first observatories to make use of Benjamin Franklin's 1750 discovery of the lightening rod. In 1942, a new observatory was created, home to the huge telescope, Galileo. It was then that the tower was converted into a museum, preserving and exhibiting the tools of observation used during the prior 250 years. Note that tours are in Italian only, but an English-language handout helps you follow along. Make INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova a part of your Padua vacation plans using our Padua vacation planner.
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  • To me this place is liked personally. It is bordered by a ship and a ponticciolo that passes in front of you has an overall view a picturesque town. At night is especially nice since there is lighting that enhances. If you switch from Padua let us jump. It is right!
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  • It is a very beautiful Tower from the outside keeping secrets inside. Galileo Galiley after being persecuted in Florence took refuge in it. There are telescopes and microscopes used for its study. The view from the penultimate floor is very beautiful. It is advisable to remove ticket in the morning in a chapel that is fifty metres from the tower. The schedules are very restricted and groups also.
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  • The tour is really worth it as it show cases the history of the astronomy but also the history of Padova. The history of the tower goes beyond the observatory, where it was originally a prison. Also t...  more »
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  • the story of PD and the history of science condensed into a single point: privileged experience his visit.
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  • University of astronomy within a historic Observatory. Spectacular! Internally beautiful.
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  • Disclosure & space observation sessions are extremely well chaired and presented
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