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Museo dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
Ranked #34 of 431 things to do in Padua
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Owner description: A thousand years of history and 250 years of astronomy at the Specola: born as medieval tower, in 1767 it was transformed in Astronomical Observatory. The Observatory is one of the main structures of INAF - National Institute for Astrophysics now, and in its museum you can see rooms and instruments used by the past-centuries astronomers
Reviewed 15 December 2015

History and science: this place is the synthesis of Padua. From the top, the most beautiful city views.

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Reviewed 12 December 2015

This place is called "La Specola" and it is one of the most ancient telescope of the world. Look! People tell that Galileo Galilei used this telescope when he was writing "Sidereus Nuncius", his masterpiece! Unfortunately when we arrived it was closed because it was sunday. We saw it from the outside. "La Specola" is in a beautiful neighborhood, next to the river. You can also find "Oratorio San Michele" not so far from there. The IINAF is also called the "Lemons place" by the Paduan guys because it's the place where people bring their beloved for a romantic kiss. And more...

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The highest reachable point in the city.
From the top of the XIII century tower you will see Padova in an unfamiliar but breathtaking way. You'll se all the secret gardens surrounded by the walls of medieval palaces, the towering and unexpected dome of Duomo, the "high places" used by Valle to measure and trace the best city plan of the late 18th century.
In the dungeon you'll discover the misery of the prisoners of the tyrant Ezzelino da Romano.
Climbing the 200 steps (sorry, no wheelchairs beyond the first hundred steps) you'll appreciate the patient and obscure work of astronomers at the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment.

1  Thank Peregrino_65
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Placed in a back road in the center of Padova it is towering the canal nearby and the place remembers some Paris landscapes of the Sein river. The surrounding itself is a gorgeous place to walk and discover old palaces, ancient houses and little churches dating back the 17th century. The tour of the Observatory is absolutely interesting and gives a glimpse of what was the astronomy science 400 years ago, The building has been also used as a jail and you will not be happy to hear how death penalty was administrated in the old times. It has NOT been used as the place where Galileo Galilei started to watch the stars with his first telescope. Actually the first attempts were made by the the great scientist from the window of his bed room in via Galileo Galilei where you can visit his house. Anyway the Observatory is absolutely worth a visit when in the area.

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