Astronomical observatory

Few steps from the sky

Gaze at the night sky in the silence of Monte Zugna, a 40-minute drive from Rovereto.

The Astronomical Observatory, which opened in 1997, is set on Monte Zugna at an altitude of 1,620 meters, in an area free of light pollution.

As one of the most avant-garde facilities for studying the heavens, the Observatory has the wherewithal to carry out world-class research, thanks to the partnership between the City Museum Foundation, the Astronomical Association of Rovereto and many other experts.

The Observatory has a cupola measuring 4 meters in diameter with 3 telescopes and a solar telescope (coelostat), the only one in the region, which allows you to look at the sun and, when are visible, any sunspots.

Every day the City Museum Foundation of Rovereto organizes daytime and evening visits for classes and private groups. Remember to book at least one week in advance.


A Sunday with the Sun

The astronomical observatory is open the 3rd Sunday of every month to observe the Sun. In addition to the instruments for night and sky observation, there is also has another telescope that allows you to point our main star: it is the telescope with H-Alpha filter that allows you to see the solar prominences.


• 20th May from 14.00 to 18.00
• 17th June from 14.00 to 18.00
• 15th July from 14.00 to 18.00
• 19th August from 14.00 to 18.00
• 16th September from 14.00 to 18.00
• 21st October from 14.00 to 17.00
• 18th November from 14.00 to 16.30
• 16th December from 14.00 to 15.45


“Not only falling stars”: on 12th August every year the Observatory is open afternoon and evening to observe the stars and to take part to some free activities.

During the whole year, the City Museum Foundation of Rovereto organizes some public activities, titled “Observing…”.

You can investigate the mysteries of the sky even in center of Rovereto: in fact in the garden of Palazzo Parolari, at the City Museum Foundation, there is a planetarium that offers shows every weekend and holidays at 16:45 (from June to September every 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month).


Info and bookings:

All activities described above are included in the entrance ticket of City Museum Foundation of Rovereto: € 5, reduced € 3, free for people under 5 years old.
For more information and booking check the following website, or call +39 0464 452800 or write to


Info and map

Biglietteria della Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto

Borgo Santa Caterina, 41
38068 – Rovereto (TN)

T: +39 0464 452800
F: +39 0464 439487

To visit the Astronomical Observatory of Monte Zugna, we suggest mountain clothing. During winter, the road to Monte Zugna could be temporarily closed because of the snow: ask in advance to museum ticket-office for updated information.


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  • Museum Pass
  • Guide Pocket

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