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Museo della Specola

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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You need to book in advance for this tour and pay 5 euros. We were the only people on the tour and... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Oxford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Sara made this an excellent tour

Normally we don't like guided tours too much as we want to go at our own pace and see what we want... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
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Astronomical observation tower built in the early 18th century, when its setting, the Poggi Palace, was converted into the Science Institute. Today it is an astronomy museum open to the public.
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Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

You need to book in advance for this tour and pay 5 euros. We were the only people on the tour and it was in English. It was excellent and we had great views from the top of the tower. The trip assumes you have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Oxfordians_13
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Normally we don't like guided tours too much as we want to go at our own pace and see what we want to see. But Sara was an awesome guide, very informative and passionate about the subject matter. We had a very small group which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SimonWasHere2011
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I was not expecting to have a tour just for the two of us! The history of astronomy and telescopes was so interesting. Our guide, Athena, was very knowledgable and spoke excellent English. The walk to the top of the tower was easy with several...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GusChristine
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

At the library there is an option to have a guided tour to the specola in English or Italian. I was a 90 minutes tours that explain history of the specola and some of the instruments found there. It was a really and enjoyable tour....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 372rauls
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Very knowledgeable student tour guide who taylored her tour to our knowledge base. A 1 hour tour turned into 2 hours and was fastinating. We didn't book in advance but did arrive early in the morning for thre 10.30 tour we were on our own.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 2DHs
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Went to a few museums that day and this one was by far my favorite! You have to take a guided tour either in English or Italian, but it is well worth it for all the explinations and stories. The tour was lovely, and everything...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This is a must see for anyone interested in how we arrived at modern astronomy. Our guided tour was led by two, one of whom was an astronomy student. They answered all our elementary, not-Hawking-level questions in a way which was accessible, and with enthusiasm....More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Alex T
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This is an over-looked and under-visited attraction, which contains several items of interest to those with an historical or scientific leaning. At the time of our visit there were – if I remember correctly – just four other visitors. We were the only English (and...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

Great if you have interest or background in astronomy, physics or cameras. Involves some climbing (but there's a nice view & breeze from the top). You can find the entrance to the left of where you buy tickets for the Museo di Palazzo Poggi, and...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Ksenia V
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

A guided tour after this interesting museum is well worth an hour of your time. It takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of astronomy (with an Italian flavour) and there are some interesting historic telescopes on display. The tour ends at the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank pjthants
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There is no open access – you have to have a guided tour. We turned up not long after the museum opened one morning, and were the first or second people there. We put our name down for the next tour (in English), for which... More