INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Padua
(4.6/5 based on 65+ 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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  • "This tower that once led to the shadows of hell, now under the auspices of the veneti, guide to the streets of heaven" here's what reads a plaque affixed inside the Tower of the Observatory at the time of the tyrant Ezelino was used as a prison. Who came through, no longer saw the sky!
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  • Visit the Observatory is a historical and exciting. A look into the past and the present, and reached the maximum point of observation, gorgeous in the summer, into the sky.
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  • In the guided tour explains the history of Padua and the tower. The visit, very interesting and charming, ends with a view of the scenery from the top of the tower.
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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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