In 1577, the villa passed into the hands of the Salviati family, and between 1610 and 1614, Galileo Galilei lived in one of the rooms on the eastern side of the building. The scientist was a friend of Filippo Salviati, who was his student in Padua and someone that Galileo included in his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in 1632. Legend says that Galileo discovered the Jupiter’s moons while staying here. However, according to his follower Vincenzo Viviani, Galileo dedicated himself to “meticulous observations” of sunspots while staying at Villa le Selve. The residence conserves an interesting portrait of the scientist in his study, depicting him as he meditates the skies.
Le Selve hasn’t undergone major changes over the centuries, except for a third entrance opened in the loggia used to hold the carriages and the addition of a large clock on the northern façade. There is also a beautiful frieze on the building.