If you love looking at the stars on clear summer nights, you should know that, in Mugello, away from the bright lights of big cities there is an old park where on summer evenings you can gather to see the constellations of the northern hemisphere. It is in the park of Villa Demidoff at Pratolino.
Located about 20 km from Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, Villa Demidoff is an old building surrounded by a huge park, where every year, from April to December, the Province of Florence organizes evening for stargazing, with the collaboration of Association Luciana Torre.
Constellations, the planets, eclipses of the moon: every evening is themed and is opened by a conference, organized by the astronomer and astrophysicist Lorenzo Brandi, then switch to direct observation of the sky with the telescope.
The events are free for adults and children with at least 15 years, accompanied by parents. All that is required is a comfortable clothes to move around in the park and a flashlight to carry with you, as the route to follow is dark and dirt.
In our Blog the list of scheduled appointments until December 2011:
June 16: Lunar eclipse in the morning; June 23: A history of snakes, Ophiuchus and Hercules; June 30: Sagittarius, the center of the galaxy with its cluster; July 7: The Moon, moons and other curiosities; July 14: The telescopes of the past, present and future after 400 years of optics; July 21: Scorpio and Antares with its rich and deep sky; July 28: The Summer Triangle: Vega, Deneb, Altair; August 11: The Tears of St. Lorenzo; September 1: Cassiopeia, Perseus, Andromeda; September 8: Neptune, the last planet; September 15: Uranus, the invisible, really?; September 29: The Bull with the Pleiades and the Hyades, the Twins; October 6: The Adventure of Nano-sail and the caravels of the future; December 22: "Venite adoremus" What celestial sign led the Magi to Bethlehem?
To book you need to call +39 055 2760829, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 13.
Guests staying at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort may ask directly to our staff for more information or to book the experience.