Galilean Days 2024

Giornate Galileiane 2024
Giornate Galileiane 2024
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For the sixth year, the city celebrates the great scientist Galileo Galilei on the day of his birth, which took place in Pisa 460 years ago, on 15 February 1564, with a programme of events involving the Municipality of Pisa, the University of Pisa and the University Museum System, the Scuola Normale Superiore, the Walls of Pisa, Palazzo Reale, and EGO, the European Gravitational Observatory. 



3:00 p.m. at the Museo degli Strumenti di Fisica/Ludoteca Scientifica (Largo Renzo Spadoni)

  • Inauguration of the Galilean Days and new exhibition of instruments from the Specola Pisana and the Physics Laboratory;
  • institutional greetings by the Councillor for Tourism of the Municipality of Pisa Paolo Pescatini and Lorenzo Peruzzi, President of the University Museum System
  • introduction and guided tour of the permanent exhibition by Claudio Luperini, curator of the collection

from 5 p.m. at the National Museum of Palazzo Reale in collaboration with Soprintendenza ABAP Pisa-Livorno (Lungarno Pacinotti, 46)

  • "A COSMIC HISTORY, GALILEO AND THE GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY", a performance visit and astronomical observations from the Torre del Cantone, organised by the Teatri della Resistenza and the astronomers from the Physics Department and the University of Pisa's University Museum System. Replica of the meeting between Galileo and the Grand Duke of Tuscany, telescope observation of the Medici satellites from the Torre del Cantone. Jupiter's satellites will be observed with the instrumentation provided by the Physics Department.

Access times (every 45 minutes): 5 pm, 5.45 pm, 6.30 pm and 7.15 pm.Visits must be booked in advance at +39 050 2214861. The Torre del Cantone is accessible with an ascent of approximately one hundred steps, and astronomical activities are available for disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility. Cost €5.00 | €2.00 for visitors aged between 18 and 25 | free for under 18s.

15-16-17-18 FEBRUARY 

9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the State Archives (Lungarno Mediceo, 17)

  • Documentary exhibition "GALILEO'S PISAN YEARS". Through the originals preserved in the institute, the exhibition retraces some of the stages of the scientist's training and academic career, starting with his early training in the public school of first degree, passing through his matriculation at the University of Pisa, up to his stay in Pisa as a teacher, discovering his relationship with the city and the influences it had on his scientific experience. Guided tours on all opening days with free access (maximum 30 people) at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.


10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Walls of Pisa

  • "BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY: FROM GALILEO'S EXPERIMENTS TO THE MONUMENTS OF PISA AND THE STARS", organised by the Ludoteca Scientifica. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (entrance from the Torre Piezometrica), reserved to schools, booking required at; from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., free entrance from the Torre Santa Maria, booking required at In the experiments linked to the figure of Galileo, the Science Game Centre will show an exhibition on the isochronism of the pendulum and the study of the mode of the gravi on the inclined plane, a replica of which has been produced by the Physics Department workshop. The account of the history and life of Galileo would not be complete without a demonstration of the operation of the telescope and its use by projecting sunspots. The epserience will be completed by the links between the architecture of Piazza dei Miracoli and the celestial vault. 

Cost: €5.00 | free for schools, residents of the Municipality of Pisa and children up to 8 years old.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Logge di Banchi 

  • "GALILEO EXPERIENCE": workshops, lego, exhibitions and unusual itineraries with the great scientist by Collego, Associazione Astrofili Pisani "Galileo Galilei".
  • 10-11 a.m. Lego Space workshop (kids)
  • 11-12 a.m. Galileo and the Moon: 1610 the perfect sphere shatters (all)
  • noon-1 p.m. discover the telescope (all)
  • 3-4 p.m. Astro Kids: Galieo's telescop + quiz game (kids)
  • 4-5 p.m. lego Astro Speed workshop (kids)
  • 5-6 p.m. Galileo and Jupiter: the four wandering stars (all)
  • 6-7 p.m. Galileo quiz with prizes (all) 

4:30 p.m. at the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri and 6:30 p.m. at the Crypt of the Church of San Pietro in Vinculis

  • "I MILLE VOLTI DI ARTEMISIA", theatrical performance of Tableaux Vivants from the works of Artemisia Gentileschi, free admission


10a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 - 7 p.m. at the Logge di Banchi 

  • "GALILEO EXPERIENCE": workshops, lego, exhibitions and unusual itineraries with the great scientist by Collego, Associazione Astrofili Pisani "Galileo Galilei".
  • 10-11 a.m. Astro Kids: Galieo's telescope + quiz game (kids)
  • 11 a.m.-noon Lego Space workshop (kids)
  • noon-1 p.m. Solar observations (all)
  • 3-4 p.m. Galileo and the Moon: 1610 the perfect sphere shatters (all)
  • 4-5 p.m. Astro Kids: Galieo's telescope + quiz game (kids)
  • 5-6 p.m. Let's measure the moon: calculating the heights of the moon's mountains according to the Galilean method (experts)
  • 6-7 p.m. Galileo quiz game (all)

4-5 p.m. at the Walls of Pisa

  • theatrical performance and astronomical observations of sunspots (entrance from Torre Piezometrica and arrival in Piazza dei Miracoli). Limited places, booking recommended on

6 p.m. at the Gipsoteca di Arte Antica (Piazza San Paolo All'Orto, 21)

  • "MAPS OF THE EARTH, MAPS OF THE COSmos: FROM GALILEO TO THE GRAVITATIONAL WAVES" organised by the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) with Alessandro De Angelis, University of Padua and Lisbon, Irene Fiori EGO/Virgo moderates and Vincenzo Napolano of EGO/Virgo 

6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walls of Pisa

  • "GALILEO'S SKY, ASTRONOMIC OBSERVATIONS OF JUPITER AND THE MOON" astronomical observations (entrance from Torre Santa Maria). Limited places, booking recommended on Cost: 5,00€.


7 p.m. at Museo della Grafica (Palazzo Lanfranchi, Lungarno Galileo Galilei, 9)

  • "VINCENZO GALILEI, IL DISSONANTE", concert by the Passisparsi ensemble. Followed by a toast in honour of Galileo Galilei. Free admission subject to availability.


6 p.m. at Palazzo della Carovana, Hall of Coats of Arms (Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7)

  • concert "RECITAR CANTANDO: LA NASCITA DELL'OPERA E DELL'ACUSTICA MUSICALE" with introduction by speaker Sergio Giudici of the Physics Department of the University of Pisa. Free entrance.

9 p.m. at Teatro Verdi (via Palestro, 40)

  • "THE NEW MUSIC. LA RIVOLUZIONE DELLA MONODIA ACCOMPAGNATA NEL SEICENTO ITALIANO", concert of the cycle "I concerti della Normale" with the soprano Monica Piccinini. The new music. The revolution of accompanied monody in the Italian seventeenth century. Many centuries ago, there was no difference between the 'classical' music that was heard in the courts in front of a select group of people and the 'popular' music that was performed in the streets. the compositions of this concert, written in the 17th century, are characterised by catchy music, often crossed with dance rhythms. Melodies performed with today's unusual instruments such as the colascione, the theorbo, the sordellina, and unba music for an audience far larger than the niche of enthusiasts to which it is usually offered.

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