Easter with Galileo 2

In Galileo’s footsteps: areas of scientific interest in Tuscany

Commemorating the life and works of a great man

This tour allows visitors to really experience Galileo’s science. Each stop on the tour includes a special section dedicated to the scientist’s life and works.
One of the places on the tour is the Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fort) in Livorno where Galileo and the scientists of the Cimento Academy made important observations and carried out significant experiments concerning pendulums and the movement of propelled objects.
The tour follows Galileo’s footsteps through many Tuscan towns, all of which remember the great scientist and bring his work to life in their museums, scientific laboratories or astronomical observatories.

In Florence, the Torrino della Specola will be restored and opened to the public. The Arcetri observatory, near the villa where Galileo spent his last years, will also be open. Still in Florence, at the Museo della Matematica il Giardino di Archimede (the Museum of Mathematics The Garden of Archimedes) it will be possible to carry out some of Galileo’s experiments and have fun while learning some of the fundamental principals of mechanics.

In Prato, and the Museo di Scienze Planetarie (the Museum of Planetary Science) it will be possible to understand more about the solar system by studying the observations of the satellites of Jupiter originally carried out by Galileo in 1609. At San Marcello Pistioese it will be possible to take a ‘trip’ around the solar system in the park of the Polo Scientifico, near the astronomical Observatory. The solar system, measuring time by the movement of the stars and the ‘horror vacui’ are some of the themes that will be examined at the Accademia dei Fisiocritici di Siena.
It was here Galileo was born and studied. In Pisa it will be possible to get to know the scientist and his discoveries better thanks to the ‘games’ offered by the Ludoteca Scientifica and the Museo degli Strumenti per il Calcolo which has reconstructions of some of the instruments used by him. Furthermore, visitors can touch and examine one of the most advanced and innovative instruments used today to observe the stars: a scale model of the ‘Fermi/GLAST’ gamma ray space telescope. This model was made by La Limonaia Scienza Viva, an association which aims to widen people’s knowledge of science.
At Monsummano Terme a display at the Museo del Territorio that examines the contributions made to science by resident of the Valdinevole region and Galileo’s last disciple, Vicenzo Viviani. Finally, Galileo’s instruments and works will provide the central theme on a ‘Galileo Tour’ in the Musei dei Mezzi di Communicazione (Museum of the Means of Communication) in Arezzo.