Exhibit: From the sky to the earth

Next time your are walking through the San Lorenzo area and near Palazzo Medici Riccardi, step into the Galleria delle Carrozze, where you can learn a whole of about earthquake.

The gallery is playing host to a rather unique, never-before-seen exhibit in Florence – one that traces two centuries of history of the study of natural phenonomen that occur in the sky and on earth.


By displaying over 100 rare instruments and devices, the exhibit highlights how the study of the earth’s atmosphere, known as Meteorology, can tell us more about the weather, and how this discipline is closely linked to seismology, the study of earthquakes and seismic activity in the earth.

Visitors get to see how the scientists of yore measured such phenomenon, and how the study of these disciplines have evolved through time.

Gray Milne seismograph (1887)

In the show, you’ll see a mercury seismograph from 1784 and a prism tromometer from 1875 used for detectingWhat’s interesting about the show, however, is learning that Tuscany and Italy played a large role in initiating these new sciences in the 17 and 1800s – as the curator of the exhibit, XXXX, tells us. and measuring very slight earth tremors; as well as a double pendulum micro-seismograph from 1894 used to record earthquake activity. Interestingly, many of the instruments on display were invented right here – in Italy.

Pendulum Seismograph (Zupo)

Interestingly, XXXX also confirmed that a piece of equipment on display in the show, a copy of an ancient seismograph called a Zupo from 1783, unexpectedly recorded the seismic activity during a recent earthquake that occurred in northern Tuscany on January 25, 2013!

The exhibit is organized by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the Province of Florence, the Ximenian Observatory of Florence, the Institute of Biometeorology, and the CNR, Council for research and experimentation in agriculture.

Meteorologic instrumentation

A range of events also accompany the exhibit, including conferences on seismology and meterology that are intended to better inform the public on this complicated and sometimes dangerous natural phenomenon, as well as free educational activities for schools.

Consult www.dalcieloallaterra.it for details on these events and more.

The Galleria delle Carrozze has entrances on via dei Ginori and via Martelli and offers free entry. Open until May 31, 2013, this interesting exhibit is a great way to discover the history of the study of earthquakes and the weather, and Tuscany’s historic role in advancing these important areas of science.

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