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Municipality of Ravenna

The Planetarium of Ravenna

Via Santi Baldini, 4/a - Ravenna
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Immersed in 37,500 square metres of the green of the public gardens (Giardini Pubblici), the Planetarium of Ravenna is just behind the Mar Museum.

Inaugurated in 1985, with a dome 8 metres in diameter and 56 seats, it hosts conferences, seminars and themed events.

In the summer evenings, the planetarium also hosts special meetings to observe the sky through a telescope from the above terrace.

After all, Ravenna’s fascination with astronomy has ancient origins: just think about the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, with its magnificent mosaic vault decorated with stars in the deep blue sky.

The beating heart of the planetarium is the ZKP 2 Zeiss projector. This machine is able to project an artificial image of the sky, as it is with the unaided eye under the best environmental conditions.

More than six thousand stars are visible thanks to this projector: we are talking about two hemispheres, from the polar star to the Magellanic Clouds, from the constellation of Cassiopeia to the southern constellation of Crux, not to mention the five planets known since Antiquity—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—and much, much more.

The visit to the planetarium is very popular with pupils and teachers alike, because astronomy can easily connect with other subjects, such as literature, history, physics, geography, mythology and poetry, making it an effective tool for the understanding of nature and life.

Besides, the planetarium has been housing several events that combine the fascination of stars with the world of music, theatre and performing art in general, for evenings of magic.

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Spock commander on the Planetarium’s roof

From 11 October 2014, a façade of the Planetarium has been hosting a mosaic of 20 square metres created by Invader, a French street artist of international importance.

The mosaic depicts Spock, the famous character of Star Trek. He is greeting with his arm an alien that is about to land on the Earth.

Parallel to this official invasion, and institutionally coordinated, Invader has created several non-official invasions all across the city and its surroundings. If you want to know more about Ravenna’s Invaders, see HERE.

Further information

Opening times

For information and bookings, please contact the Planetarium: Monday to Friday, from 8am to 12.30pm.

For the events, the Planetarium has special opening hours. For further information, see the website: www.planetarioravenna.it

COVID-19: INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

From 6 August 2021, access to the monument is allowed only on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Green Pass) or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities (or negative test result performed in the last 48 hours), compulsory for everyone over the age of 12.
For further information, see: Covid-19 updates: information for tourists

Entrance fee

The Planetarium is a public facility with free admission. In case of special events, admission is with a fee. For further information: www.planetarioravenna.it

How to get there

The Planetarium is located inside the Public Gardens, 300 m. from the train station and it is easily reachable on foot or by bike.

By bus: bus no. 4 (stop in Viale Santi Baldini).

Accessibility

The Planetarium is completely accessible to people with disabilities.

A cura della Redazione Locale
E-mail: turismo@comune.ravenna.it

Last edit:25 August 2021

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