On 15 February 1564 Galileo was born, the son of Giulia Ammannati and Vincenzo Galilei, who had married in Pisa in 1562.By using our Pisa tour itinerary planning tool, you can arrange your visit to Casa Natale di Galileo Galilei and other attractions in Pisa.
The baptismal register preserved at the Duomo of Pisa proves that Galileo was baptized on the 19 February 1564 in the Church of S. Andrea.
During the years of research on Galileo’s biography, there have been various theories concerning the exact location of Galileo Galilei’s Birthplace.
Up to the first half of the nineteen century, following the information reported on the act of baptism, historians decided to credit the hypothesis that placed Galileo’s Birthplace next to the little church inside La Fortezza, called S. Andrea in Chinzica. However, in making this hypothesis a number of details were not adequately considered. Most significantly, only soldiers’ children were allowed to be born inside La Fortezza and Galileo was son of a musician.
Due to the mention of the parish of S. Andrea, an earlier hypothesis that regarded the house rented between 1563 and 1564 by Vincenzo Galilei from the Bocca family, was abandoned. As a matter of fact, this house located in “Chiasso dei Mercanti” has always been part of the parish of S.Michele and moreover it was also left by Vincenzo Galilei some months before the expiry date of the lease.
The solution to this long biographic enigma lies in the mistaken assumption that the parish of S. Andrea, quoted in Galileo’s act of baptism, was the one placed in the Chinzica quarter; in fact, the quote refers to the church of S.Andrea Foris Portam, within whose jurisdiction the family home of Giulia Ammannati lay.
All biographers of Galileo agree in stating that Casa Ammannati, placed in via G.Giusti 24/26 is the real Birthplace of Galileo.
Casa Natale di Galileo Galilei Reviews
Galileo’s House is at 26/22 Palestro across from Plazza Della Republica. Not much to see except a plaque, but interesting none-the-less. Likely where Galileo Galilei was born February 15, 1564... more »
The house where, most probably, was born Galileo Galilei on February 15, 1564 doesn’t offer much to see except the plaque designating it as Casa Ammannati (mother’s maiden name) and his birth place... more »
Lovely place to stay. Quirky, unique and right in the centre of things. Could do with better air con which could cool entire building or at least providing some fans for comfort.
Apartment in historical building, impressive. Accommodation not perfect but clean and overall commendable.
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