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Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

“And then we went to see the stars”

It was in 1872 that increasing light pollution drove Florence’s astronomers to abandon La Specola Observatory and move to Arcetri, inaugurating the largest refractor telescope in Italy. It’s still in use today and is called the Amici telescope. But the hills of Arcetri have always been a chosen spot for astronomy enthusiasts. It was here, in “Il Gioiello”, that the man who invented modern science through the study of stars and planets spent the last years of his life: Galileo Galilei. Another fun fact? The observatory’s library is home to a piano belonging to Albert Einstein. Why is it here? You’ll find out when you visit…

OPENING HOURS
Appointment only | +39 055 2752253

VENUE DETAILS
Largo Enrico Fermi, 5 | 50125 Firenze

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