ON THE ROUTE TO THE INDIES
"The route to the Indies, the great explorations from `400 to `700 "is the new cultural enterprise of the Foundation Joseph Lazzareschi: a journey between legend and reality to reveal the secrets that for centuries has fascinated the world.
Through the figures of the great navigators as Vasco da Gama, Cristoforo Columbo, Ferdinando Magellano, James Cook, the exhibition reveals how quickly the discoveries of the "new worlds" gave birth to the most extraordinary scientific, cultural and social revolution.
On display several astronomical, nautical and topography instruments, ancient coins, manuscripts, weapons, armours, small-scale models of sailing ships and galleons, and for the first time in Tuscany, the famous Caravelle of Columbus: The Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
The exhibition also includes animals that the Europeans met for the first time during their travels and a rich section dedicated to spice plants.
The exhibition is open every day until 28 February 2010, from 10h to 13h and from 16h to 19h with free admission. Closed Saturday and Monday morning.
Reservations recommended for schools.