PLANETARIUM – The biggest and most advanced Planetarium of Italy

A charming journey discovering Universe. Stars, planets, galaxies, universe…and much more!!!

Planetario 3D di Città della Scienza

The new Palnetarium of Città della Scienza, the most advanced of Italy, is an extraordinary attraction to enjoy special shows on the Universe mysteries and much more. Planetarium is also a simulator of the sky, an educational tool for learning astronomy by reproducing the sky and astronomical objects that populate the universe.
Planetarium of Città della Scienza  is the largest  and most advanced one of Italy. It has a diameter of 20 meters,120 seats, and one of the most advanced technologies in the world. The most recent technologies and the special position of the dome provide an effect of complete involvement of the viewer, thanks to acoustics that will guarantee the public a unique spectacle of the universe and enveloping.

The planetarium offers shows and movies to be immersed in a night sky, discover the stars from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers getting to large current telescopes, know how to protect the starry skies from light pollution, retrace missions to the moon, follow the travels of probes and spacecraft that have explored our Solar System, or even explore the dark matter to understand why the universe is as it appears, where we come from, and how it has evolved in billions of years.
But the facility will also function as a 3D cinema, with spectacular film in 3D with which you can travel in the history of ancient peoples and modern and discover the wonders of nature, archeology and history.


Connecting people, spreading knoweldge and entertaining are the goals of the Planetarium activities equipped by a digital projection system – the Digistar 6 of Evans & Sutherland – most advanced technologies and constantly animated by a rich program of scientific events dedicated to astrophysics, astronomy and aerospace technology developed in collaboration with leading research centers and international agencies, such as NASA, the Italian Space Agency, ESA, ESO, etc.

Planetario Città della Scienza Digistar
Planetario Città della Scienza - show



The sky of the month (LIVE)


The night sky is as evocative as it is changeable. Thanks to the Planetarium, which will faithfully reproduce the celestial vault of the current period, we will discover the wonders that populate our nights.
We will learn to recognize the main constellations and the brightest stars not leaving out some related mythological tales. Since ancient times, mankind understood that the cyclical movements of the stars enabled them to orient themselves and mark the passage of time. We will understand how to find the North Star and use it to geolocate ourselves. We will fly over fascinating very young star clusters and others that contain stars that are billions of years old! Finally, we won’t be able to avoid pausing to see from vantage points planets and moons but also beautiful nebulae made of interstellar gas and dust!
Typology: LIVE
Recommended age: for everyone
Duration: 30 minutes


Let's explore the Solar System (LIVE)

sistema solare

On the outskirts of a galaxy called the Milky Way is a star named the Sun, around which our planet, Earth, orbits, along with seven other planets (as well as natural satellites, dwarf planets and other bizarre celestial bodies). The Planetarium will be transformed into a giant spacecraft that will allow us to fly over most of these worlds so profoundly different physically and chemically from our own planet. We will start by getting a very close look at the Sun and continue this Space Tour by stopping at the various rocky planets without forgetting to take a look at the Earth and the Moon, our natural satellite. We will also explore the gas giant planets of the solar system, dwelling on the wonderful rings and their striking and very interesting Moons.
Typology: LIVE
Recommended age: for everyone
Duration: 30 minutes


Hidden Universe

hidden universe

The Hidden Universe (the Dark Universe) show is an extraordinary journey into the deepest Space. It is an adventure, narrated in the style of a documentary, that takes us on a journey to the most remote regions of our Universe, with unprecedented clarity of footage and reconstructions from real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes-and seen for the first time on screen and in 3D. Breathtaking 3D and high-resolution images of Space allow viewers to explore the first galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, walk the surface of Mars, and marvel at stunning images of the Sun and celestial structures light-years away from us. Seen for the first time in IMAX 3D, these dramatic new images offer not only a more complete view of stars and planets, but give us a new insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.
Recommended age: 8 and up
Director: Russell Scott
Screenwriters: Russell Scott, Anthony Watt
Running time: 35 minutes


robot explorer

(3D Show )
Since the end of the twentieth century, man has begun to launch unmanned probes to the most remote places in the Solar System. During this show we will discover how these technological jewels have allowed us to enlarge the horizons of our knowledge in an unimaginable way. Today the exploration continues: what other mysteries will the Explorers Robot reveal to us?
Age: from 6 years

 Evans & Sutherland


Vita e Morte di una Stella

vita e morta di una stella

(Show 2D Live) – NOVITA’
Man has always been fascinated by the spectacle of the starry sky. But what is a star really? How long will our Sun shine? Today the study of light coming from the stars has allowed us to answer these and many other questions. In a fascinating journey through space and time we will learn to orient ourselves in the sky using the constellations, we will distinguish the different types of stars that populate the universe and we will discover how a star is born, lives and dies!
Age: from 11 years 

Written by: Alessandro Amabile
Production: Città della Scienza

Dalla Terra all'Universo

terra universo

(2D Show)
The desire to understand the Universe has been animating man since ancient time. The myths of the ancients and modern scientific theories are different expressions of the attempt to understand the world around us and the place we occupy it. From the theories of ancient Greek astronomers to modern space telescopes, in this show we will retrace the steps marked by man in universe knoweldge.
Age: from 11 years

Theofanis Matsopoulos & European Southern Observatory (ESO)

• Come 10 minutes before the time scheduled of the show. in case of delay it can not be guaranteed the access to the show;
• Duration of the show: 30 minutes;
• 3D shows are for children over 8 years;
• The animals are not admitted;
• Eating is not allowed;
• Use of mobile phone during shows is not allowed.

Planetario 3D di Città della Scienza - esterni