The Botanic Garden is hidden behind the vast Brera building, and it represents a historic garden but also a true open-air museum. A visit to this green islet of peace at the heart of Milano provides an opportunity to discover more about nature, and its variations from season to season.
In addition, the Astronomy Museum in the same building conserves valuable instruments from Milano University and from the Observatory; the latter is the oldest scientific research institution in the city. Desired by Maria and Teresa of Austria, it was founded in the late 18th century by two Jesuit priests. Father Giuseppe Ruggero Boscovich, a professor of mathematics at the University of Pavia, played an active part in the Observatory’s foundation, and he helped spread the institution’s reputation by means of his work.
The museum also includes the Schiapparelli Dome, where the famous astronomer studied Mars by means of telescopic observations.