INAF Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Florence

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The Arcetri Observatory is an astrophysical observatory located in the hilly area of Arcetri on the outskirts of Florence, Italy. It is located close to Villa Il Gioiello, the residence of Galileo Galilei from 1631 to 1642. Observatory staff carry out theoretical and observational astronomy as well as designing and constructing astronomical instrumentation. The observatory has been heavily involved with the following instrumentation projects:
The MMT 6.5 m telescope The LBT 2x 8.4 m telescopes The Telescopio Nazionale Galileo 3.5 m telescope The VLT telescope adaptive secondary mirror The 1.5 m Gornergrat Infrared Telescope
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  • To reach there if you depend on public transport then it is difficult, drive or take a taxi. But please do visit. Specially if they have any event then do not miss. We went there to see Mercury walk.....  more »
  • What a beautiful location on the hill across the river from the city proper! A breathtaking view of Florence from the hill where Galileo made celestial observations. Wow! There are telescopes at...  more »
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  • Going to the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory has to be one of my favourite experiences in Florence. Guido was not only very knowledgeable, but very kind as well. Despite the clouds that night, we managed to see the moon and its craters. He told me that, over the summer, they have an open agora with performances, guest speakers, and activities that are open to the public. Definitely returning as soon as possible!
  • Pretty damn beautiful place with a gorgeous view. But it's a really interesting place filled with history and science. Definitely recommend visiting it.

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