Online museum

Special appointments to visit the museum from home and learn more about its history and heritage. These are virtual tours and video stories accompanied by audio and images to tell the story of the museum and its masterpieces.


The Planetarium is a great "space and time machine": thanks to digital projectors, it is possible to make three-dimensional navigations in deep space in real time. The Museum attached to it is an astronomical theatre full of images, models and planetary reconstructions.


The Planetarium of Rome's astronomers visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri with its precious and unique sundial made in 1701 by Francesco Bianchini at the request of Pope Clement XI, also known as the Clementine sundial. At around 1 p.m. on a hot summer's day, the instrument captures a crucial moment of the day: the passage of the Sun over the local meridian, i.e. the Sun's reaching, during its apparent daytime path, its highest point on the horizon, at a time close to the summer solstice, when it is at its peak. Being able to visualise that moment through a marvellous work of art that also coincides with a valuable scientific instrument, is an occasion that underlines how art and science have always been closely connected.


A special online event in which researchers from the National Institute of Astrophysics and the scientific staff of the Planetarium of Rome tell about the sky of the Supreme Poet. Researchers from the INAF (Francesco Poppi and Lucio Angelo Antonelli, Director of the Astronomical Observatory of Rome) and the scientific staff of the Planetarium of Rome (Gabriele Catanzaro, Giangiacomo Gandolfi, Stefano Giovanardi and Gianluca Masi) present a series of talks touching on various elements of Dante's astronomy: the comparison between poetic astronomy and scientific astronomy, geology in the Divine Comedy, the most significant astronomical passages in the Poem, the meanings of the Moon in Dante's sky, and then framing his poetic vision in the context of sky observation in the Middle Ages and in the critical work of Dante's astronomers who devoted themselves to the study of the Comedy.
Some links are made from sites of Dante and/or astronomical importance, such as Dante's House and the Copernican Astronomical Museum of the INAF-OA Rome in Monte Mario, which preserves important instruments and volumes of medieval astronomy, such as astronomical dials, astrolabes and armillary spheres.