Rediscover Florence

Florence and science: itineraries in the Cascine Park and in the historic center with a geologist and a historian
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The Project

The association “Tethys” was founded in Florence in 1998 to enhance the Tuscan and Italian natural, geological, cultural and scientific heritage. The association works on the development of the scientific culture through the use of new technologies and the creation of collaborative networks, thanks to numerous partnerships with public and private institutions and with the University and the Museum of Natural History in Florence.

Florence has a long history as a city of science: the first natural history museum in Europe was opened to the public here in 1775. The city houses also the Galileo Museum, a leading European science museum, and has a lot of evidence linked to people who have made history in science, Galileo above all. However, the places, characters and science museums in Florence are not well known, neither by tourists nor by the Florentines themselves. 

The project REDISCOVER FLORENCE aims to visit well-known places of Florence with a different perspective thanks to the suggestions of a geologist and a history expert, and to discover so many hidden treasures along three proposed routes: 

  • History of a park’ The Historical Park of the Cascine has a long and fascinating history that starts from Alessandro and Cosimo I de' Medici and continues to us. Let's take a walk in the park, with the life stories of those who bought it and made it come alive, with the rediscovery of the historical and artistic present and the natural environment that still characterizes it. 
  • ‘Rocks in the city’ Florence is known worldwide as a city of art, but do we know what and how many types of rocks were used to build his palaces and embellish the monuments? From where they were extracted? How old are the buildings if we take into account the rocks that constitute them? What treasures of nature, like fossils, do they hide? Visit Florence by looking at the monuments, both as artistic testimony, but also as a "collection" of natural historical documents, such as rocks, minerals and fossils.It is a different and maybe new way to learn about Florence and its surroundings. 
  • Galileo and Florence’ The historic center of Florence is not only rich in artistic monuments of those that have made this city famous in the world, but also of the many tracks that we are left with by one its most famous citizens: Galileo Galilei. Let’s talk together about the history of this great human and scientist strolling through the streets of the city to rediscover the places and monuments that are usually excluded from the touristic tour, which were important stages of his life.

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Un turismo sostenibile, che guarda al territorio come qualcosa da scoprire e preservare, è quello che occorre perseguire, è uno strumento che serve anche a questo.

Stefano Ciuoffo, Assessore alle Attività Produttive e Turismo della Regione Toscana con il Ministro Dario Franceschini e Stefano Targetti represents a mean to support Florence for visitors interested in a quality experience that helps sustain the cultural heritage of the Florentine territory.

Mr. Carlo Francini | Director Unesco office - Municipality of Florence.

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