It was Ferdinando II who employed a Dane, Niels Stensen, to integrate the Medici family's collections into one mineral ... More
Museo di Mineralogia e Litologia
It was Ferdinando II who employed a Dane, Niels Stensen, to integrate the Medici family's collections into one mineral collection. The Lorena family added to this, transforming it from a collection of objects to a collection which could be studied, classified and compared. In the museum there are around 35,000 mineral samples. They are divided into five sections: the general collection (including a topaz of 151kg and nuggets of gold, platinum and diamond), the regional collection of Italy (containing 5000 minerals from the Elba), the meteorites section, the lithological section and the carved stones. Their value is more historical and aesthetic than mineralogical.
Located in a 17th century building which used to be the hospital of San Giovannin Battista, the Museo Regionale di
Scienze Naturali was set up in 1978. It gathers together collections of zoology, entomology, botany, minerals, geology and paleontology ...
Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia was a splendid Renaissance villa, built for Pope Julius III and houses an important
collection of Etruscan treasures found mainly in graves and tombs. The Tomb of the Newlyweds is one of the ...
Located just a few minutes walk from the Arsenale di Venezia , the whole history of the Venetian Republic and
the Italian Navy is explained here through models and exhibits. Canons, prints, period gondolas and nautical instruments, such as ...