Where: Vicolo Baciadonne, 1 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)
The museum in San Giovanni in Persiceto is divided into three sections: an astronomical and natural section which is situated in the town centre, a technoscientific section (Tecnoscienza) and a naturalistic section (Bora).
The astronomical and natural section includes an astronomical observatory, a botanical garden, a meteorological station, a museum with an important collection of meteorites and the third largest Planetarium in Italy.
The Astronomical observatory “G. Abetti” is equipped with a telescope housed in a dome which is 4,5 metres in diameter. A telescope aids the observation of celestial objects, such as the Moon’s craters, Mercury and Venus’s orbital phases, Mars’s polar ice caps, the cloud layers and the Medicean satellites of Jupiter, Saturn’s rings, globular clusters, nebulas and galaxies.
The observatory has scientific and didactic functions mainly and has a high number of visitors every year.
A heliostat – a device used to observe the Sun which includes a plane mirror turning so as to reflect sunlight - is also inside the observatory. It obtains the Sun’s reflection which is 15,5 centimetres in diameter, so that solar flares and sunspots can be seen clearly.
Tuesday and Friday 9pm-11pm or by previous appointment
On the occasion of evening initiatives, the Planetarium is open to the public on Sunday from 4pm and on Friday from 9pm.
The planetarium is open every Friday for a conference at 9,00 pm; also available for guided tours (school-children and groups of 15 people at least)
Astronomical observatory, Botanical garden and Bora: free entry
- full-price ticket 4.50 euros
- reduced-price ticket 3.00 euros (groups of 25 people at least) and 2.00 euros (students and children up to 14)
Ph. 0039 051 827067
URP - Public Relations Office
San Giovanni in Persiceto
Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)
Toll free number 800 069678
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm
Opening times (July and August)
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1pm
Loc. San Matteo della Decima c/o Centro civico
Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Phone: +39 051 6812057
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm
Last update: 11-07-2019