Your AGT guide will take care to show you some of the most ancient scientific instruments in Florence. Some of them are in religious buildings: there are a gnomon and an armillary sphere on the façade of Santa Maria Novella, made by the Dominican astronomer Ignazio Danti in 1572; there is a great mechanical clock on the inner façade of the Cathedral that was made in 1444 and painted by Paolo Uccello and there is the great gnomon on the floor of the left chapel of the transept, that marks the summer solstice. The next item on the itinerary is the fascinating Galileo Museum, in the Castellani palace. This museum contains the scientific objects from the Medici and Lorraine collections, including some of the instruments that belonged and were actually made by Galileo himself, like the two original telescopes and the objective lens through which the scientist observed Jupiter’s four satellites.Read More
As an alternative, your AGT guide could take you to the Museum of Natural History, known as the Specola, which contains botanical, zoological, mineralogical and chemical collections from the Medici period. Of extraordinary interest are the anatomical wax models from the famous Florentine school of ceroplastics, that were created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries and were used for the study of physiology and pathological anatomy. The Torrino is part of the museum complex and is for astronomical observation, whilst the Tribuna is dedicated to Galileo. Other detached sections are the Anthropological Museum and the Museum of Paleontology and Mineralogy. There are also the Botanical Gardens, founded by Cosimo de’ Medici I.
Agt Firenze proposes solutions targeted at various types of tourist, that require specific care, both as regards planning the contents of the itineraries, such as, for instance, school excursions, as well as regards disabled visitors. If you require this kind of itinerary, we suggest you contact us directly so as to let us know exactly what kind of provisions you require, so that we can jointly plan your Florentine experience in the most advantageous manner.