Galileo's Florence

Not just famous as the home of da Vinci and Michelangelo, Florence also once hosted Galileo Galilei, whose contributions to physics and astronomy changed the world. Here are a few sites in Florence that pay homage to this influential scientist.

Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo)
Dedicated to the life and discoveries of Galileo, this site includes two important early telescopes and other historic scientific tools. Don't miss viewing Galileo's preserved fingers, which have been on display at the museum since 2010.
How to Visit
Take a science tour of Florence to get an in-depth look at the city's scientific history.

Santa Croce Basilica
This Franciscan church is the final resting place of so many important Italian figures that it has earned the nickname "Temple of the Glories of Italy." The tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Dante can be seen here.
How to Visit
A guided tour of the mausoleum includes commentary on the lives of those buried there, as well as a look at the ornate church and its masterful artwork by Giotto, Brunelleschi, and Donatello.

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Galileo hails from Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. It's said that Galileo formed some of his experiments around gravity with plans to drop objects from the tower.
How to Visit 
Join a half-day tour of Pisa from Florence and gain priority access to the Leaning Tower.
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