Several special activities involving Science are taking place in Florence until the 20th March in order to celebrate Galileo’s 450th anniversary. The Natural History Museum, Il Museo Galileo and The Garden of Archimedes – A museum for Mathematics are only some of the several institutions that contributed to organize these events. At Buon Cumpleanno Galileo (in Italian) you can find the complete schedule and decide which activity you would like the most. But, first, we should pay a little tribute to the man for whom all this is going on: Galileo Galilei.
The son of a quite open-minded musician, Vincenzo Galilei, Galileo was born in Pisa the 15th February 1564. A very talented young man, he started studying medicine at the age of 17, although he would later change the study of the human body for the study of numbers. He obtained a prestigious job as a Mathematics professor and by 1610 he had already invented some revolutionary astronomical instrument as he started working for the Tuscan Duke. However, his relationship with the Vatican began to be tense; a situation that worsened when he defended the heliocentric system. These ideas along with his collisions with the Inquisition condemned him to a house arrest in Florence until his death in 1642.
From, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we invite you to enjoy this tribute to a man who was beyond his own time; a man whose ideas helped building the world we know today.