Astronomical Observatory


Situated in the grounds of the Villa, the astronomical Observatory enables visitors to view the Sun and the main celestial objects of the night sky directly through telescopes.

The modern set of instruments consists of many telescopes among which the 40cm diameter wide Ritchey-Chrétien and two Coronados, especially designed for solar observation (H-alpha and Cak wavelenghts). Thus, the Observatory is suitable both for School classes, according to different programs chosen by teachers, and for public over 4 years of age during openings.

In May 2013 a new installation was inaugurated: one of the few italian radiotelescopes for educational purposes to explore the sky in a wavelength band invisible to our eyes.

The Observatory is named after Franco Pacini, an important Italian astrophysicist and a long time friend of the Museum who passed away in 2012.

From September 2014 the Observatory could be used via web even for far-away schools.

During openings, Observatory opens from sunset to Museum closing time. No booking required.