The Garden of Archimedes
 The Garden of Archimedes
 A Museum for Mathematics


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The Garden of Archimedes in Florence

via San Bartolo a Cintoia, 19/a
50143 Firenze
tel. 055 7879594
fax 055 7333504

Where we are

The new Museum is located in via S. Bartolo a Cintoia 19a, on the last floor of the building of the ITT Marco Polo (Isolotto) within the school complex "San Bartolo a Cintoia" (ITT Marco Polo e IPSSEOA Buontalenti). Go up to the second floor using the outer staircase.

How to reach it

By public transportation
  • The Museum can be reached from SMN station by: TRAMVIA 1 direction Villa Costanza-De André until the stop called FEDERIGA (7th stop); at FEDERIGA stop you catch the bus n.9, until the MARTINI-BASSI stop (second stop of Via S.Martini).
See ATAF site (

By car
  • from Florence: take viale Talenti and continue to the beginning of the Firenze-Livorno-Pisa highway. Turn right towards S. Bartolo a Cintoia, and then follow the signs to the Giardino di Archimede.
  • from freeway A1: leave at the Firenze Scandicci exit and take the Firenze-Livorno-Pisa highway, in the direction of Florence. At the end, take the right parallel to the main road and turn right immediately, in both cases following the direction of the Viadotto dell'Indiano-Osmannoro-Prato-Pistoia. Make a left U-turn, taking the underpass, and then follow the signs to the Giardino di Archimede.


What to see

The museum is divided into different sections or exhibitions, corresponding to three different ways of discovering mathematics.
  1. Beyond compasses: the geometry of curves
    that aims to reveal the mathematics concealed within various commonly used objects. The exhibition, which has been shown in several cities, receiving more than half a million visitors, and is now displayed in a new setting, is completely interactive. It can be appreciated at various levels of complexity, from that of primary school children up to university students and the general public.
  2. Pythagoras and his theorem is centred on play. Through exploring a series of puzzles, visitors will discover the various facets of what may be the best known mathematical theorem of all.
  3. A bridge over the Mediterranean
    an historical exhibition that describes the life and times of Leonardo Fibonacci and his Liber Abaci and illustrates the passage of mathematics from the Islamic world to Medieval Europe.
  4. Helping Nature: from Galileo's Mechanics to everyday life
    An interactive exhibition in which the visitor, following Galileo's mathematical approach, discovers how the simple machines work
    - on the web (italian only)
    some english texts

Time table

from 3 September
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sundays: the Museum is open only in occasion of special events or activities announced on this website
open only for for groups upon reservation

The museum is closed on Saturdays, national holidays and
during the whole month of August.


  • full ticket
6 euro
  • reduced-price tickets
    or groups of 12 people or more
    and families
4 euro      
(per person)

Guided tours

Guided tours can be arranged for groups upon reservation, even outside normal opening hours. The price for a one-hour guided tour (for groups of min. 12 people) is 2 euro per person, in addition to the reduced-price ticket.
Reservations can be made by phone (++39-055-7879594, during opening hours), by fax (++39-055-7333504) or by sending an e-mail to
It is possible to reserve a guided tours also for smaller groups, with different fares. Please contact us at: to know the fares for smaller groups.



The event "Mathematical Sundays" is suspended during summer time and will start again on October.

> full ticket (more than 6 years old): 7 euro
> reduced-price ticket (4 and 5 years old): 4 euro
(The ticket price includes entrance and guided activities)

For more information

Il Giardino di Archimede
Via San Bartolo a Cintoia 19a
50143 Firenze

Fax ++39-055-7333504 


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