Fancy a little cultural excursion in the heart of Florence?
Visitors to Florence, Italy, invariably line up in droves to tour the world-famous Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower, most notable for its soaring dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the early 15th century. The lines frequently snake around the block, even in sweltering summer heat. For those who find the lines a bit too daunting, Florence is also home to another priceless gem: the Museo Galileo, housed in the 11th century Palazzo Castellani along the River Arno.
As the name implies, the museum is dedicated to Galileo Galilei, but the vast collection features all manner of historical scientific instruments and experimental apparatus from the Medici Collection, as well as later artifacts donated by the Lorraine dynasty. Many of them are so expertly made, they qualify as genuine works of art.
With lockdown still restricting our movements and air travel a distant prospect, you may like to immerse yourself in the museum's beautiful rooms and their impressive collections from the comfort of your armchair - today. If so, you can enjoy a virtual tour, room by room, by clicking here: Museo Galileo
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