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Italy: Galileo's Tuscan Sky

Celebrate the telescope's 400th anniversary with Astronomy magazine and MWT Associates as we travel through Rome, Florence, and the Italian countryside. March 25–April 2, 2009
St. Peter's Basilica
Inside St. Peter's Basilica, the immense scale of the church is overwhelming.
David J. Eicher
    What exceeds all wonders, I have discovered four new planets and observed their ... motions…and these new planets move about another very large star like Venus and Mercury, and (perhaps) the other known planets, move about the Sun.
    — Galileo, 1609.
Nearly 400 years ago, Galileo Galilei pointed a telescope to the heavens for the first time. To commemorate this historic event, Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher and MWT Associates are leading a tour to Rome, Florence, and the Italian countryside.

Other features include:

  • Special trips in Rome to the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Forum, Piazza della Repubblica, Aurelian Walls, Piazza del Popolo, the Pantheon, and more

  • Stops in Florence at the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Medici, Science History Museum, Galileo's resting place at the Church of Santa Croce, and more

  • A visit to Galileo's house, observatory, and San Matteo Convent, where his daughter Maria Celeste lived

  • Plenty of leisure time to stroll down to the Spanish Steps or sip a cappuccino at a sidewalk café.

  • Lectures by Astronomy's David J. Eicher

  • First-class accommodations



For more information, contact MWT Associates, Inc.
Address: 1243 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
Telephone: 877.707.7827
E-mail: tours@melitatrips.com
Web site: www.melitatrips.com
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