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Turismo in Pianura

Official Tourist Site of the Pianura Bolognese

Osservatorio astronomico comunale Giorgio Abetti


Astronomical section of the Museum of the sky and the earth

Where: Vicolo Baciadonne, 1 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Guided visit to the Astronomical observatory at "Persiceteidi" - Museum of the sky and the earth
Guided visit to the Astronomical observatory at "Persiceteidi" - Museum of the sky and the earth

The Astronomical section of the Museum of the Sky and the Earth contains the third largest Planetarium in Italy, the Astronomical Observatory, a meteorological station and a museum with an important collection of meteorites.


The municipal observatory Giorgio Abetti, besides the Planetarium, is equipped with a telescope. Communication and education are the main functions of the Observatory. In recent years there have been thousands of visitors, who have watched the sky through the eyepiece of the instrument.


The telescope is housed in a dome of 4,5 metres. Through it you can observe shadows and craters on the Moon, the phases of Mercury and Venus, the frozen poles of Mars and details on the Saturn rings.


The observatory contains also a heliostat, that is an instrument to observe the sun and that makes clearly visible flares and sunspots.


The  Museum of the sky and the earth includes, in addition to the natural and astronomical area, Tecnoscienza (a section of the museum of the Department of Physics of the University of Bologna) and the area of ecological balance called Bora.


Ph. and fax  0039 051 827067


Opening times:

- Astronomical Observatory: Tuesday and Friday 9.00pm - 11.00pm and by appointment

- Planetarium:  Friday 9.00pm and Sunday 3.30pm (September - May)

- Ecomuseum of Water: Tuesday and Thursday 3.00pm - 6.00pm, Sunday 3.00pm - 7.00pm

- Insect Laboratory is open on the 4th Sunday of the month from 4.00pm (Ph. 051 827067)



- Observatory, Botanical Garden, Natural Areas and Ecomuseum of Water:  free entrance.

- Planetarium and Insect Laboratory:

  • Full price euros 4.50
  • Reductions euros 3.00 (groups of at least 25 people)
  • Students, aged up to 14, over 65: euros 2.00


How to get there
Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

San Giovanni in Persiceto

Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)

Toll free number 800 069678


Opening times
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm

Thu 8.30am-6.30pm

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


Opening times

Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm



Last update: 25-01-2019

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