Builted as a medieval tower, it became an Astronomical Observatory in 1767.
At the beginning it was a university cabinet, then in 1923 the Astronomical Observatory of Padua
became a self-standing legal entity by law and as such it went through the whole 20th century. In 2002, having lost its legal personality, the Astronomical Observatory of Padua has become one of the main research facilities of the National Institute for Astrophysics
(INAF), the national research organization responsible for the study of sky science.
Since the 90s, the Observatory has devoted itself with much effort to the recovery and enhancement of its historical heritage, and so today Museum 'La Specola', inside the tower, is open for visiting rooms and instruments used by Paduan astronomers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Guided tours for every type and grade of schools are held throughout the year.
, organized groups
, max 25
Tuesdays to Fridays
from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
from 9 a.m.
to 2:45 p.m.
- BOOKING IS NECESSARY
- no reservation:
p.m. (only from October to May)
and Midweek holidays
: 4 p.m.
(only from October to April) or 6 p.m.
(only from May to September).
MAX 25 persons.
Detailed and right information on opening times and visit arrangements is available only
on our information web-page