INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Padua

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    More than an Observatory is a real Museum, where the guide told us about the history of this place as well as show us tools and antique telescopes. It was very interesting, but ... nothing to look at, if not the view of the city of Padua from above!
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  • August 17, 2017
    the Tower from which galileo would defy the knowledge convenzinale and allowed us to launch our knowledge among the stars admire beautiful channels around and enjoying enviable views
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  • August 11, 2017
    I was one evening, visit the rooms with the equipment in use at the time, the leadership that there was a little awkward though followed. We went at sunset ... from the terrace beautiful Padua top view. To see.
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  • Very interesting place if you like the history of astronomy. The visit is very complete and they have a lot of original telescopes. I think they do not have regular visits in English so be careful if you do not speak Italian.
  • Formerly a castle, get information about the history of this place. The Tower remained intact until nowadays it is home to the Observatory. To see.
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  • Interesting guided tour. Not suitable for those in disability or suffer from Vertigo. Taxing the health of stairs.
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  • beautiful place to see even from the outside. Organize many educational activities but also for adults
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  • Very quaint and romantic corner of the city. Nice to hang out in any season.
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