The night of San Lorenzo in Italy is approaching, for that day that falls on August 10 you can see from the earth the astronomical phenomenon of the Perseids. They are a meteor shower that the Earth goes through every year during the summer period.
The night of San Lorenzo in Italy is approaching, for that day that falls on August 10 you can see from the earth the astronomical phenomenon of the Perseids. They are a meteor shower that the Earth goes through every year during the summer period . The meteor shower usually arrives at the end of July and lasts until mid-August with peaks of visibility between the 10th and 12th of the month. In those days you can observe almost a hundred light trails on average every hour, really a lot!
To observe them at their best it would be better to opt for places away from city lights, or if this is not possible even urban parks not too illuminated and predisposed to night observations.
These are a series of places in Italy where, far from the lights and noise of the city, we have observed shooting stars exciting together with you.
Lake of Castel San Vincenzo
We are on the shores of a beautiful lake in the province of Isernia in Molise, one of the smallest regions of Italy, second only to Valle d'Aosta. The lack of large cities in this region significantly decreases light pollution and makes night vision much more comfortable. From this magical place on the shores of the lake, located in the westernmost part of the region towards the borders with Abbruzzo, Lazio and Campania, it is possible to get lost in the brightness of the vault of heaven.
Brembate di Sopra (BG)
This is a small town of only 7 thousand inhabitants in Val Brembana, in the province of Bergamo that has become very important for astronomy. The presence of a large astronomical observatory as well as laboratories for the study and dissemination of science make this country one of the places where you can best observe the passage of comets stars with the help of the latest technology.
On top of Etna
It is the highest volcano in Europe and is located in Sicily, not too far from the city of Catania. It is famous for its spectacular eruptions, very frequent, which make it an extremely fascinating active volcano. A good trekking is always possible, perhaps accompanied by an experienced person, and then why not do it in the brightest night of the year. Watching the stars from the top of a volcano is definitely an extraordinary experience, but remember to leave covered because the cold will be felt even in August.
Observatory of Campo Imperatore
We are in a truly spectacular place from the point of view of the landscape: the Campo Imperatore plateau located in the Abruzzo mountains and sometimes called "little Tibet". This says a lot about the extraordinary nature that can be observed in these areas. For the night of San Lorenzo it is also possible to visit the giant astronomical observatory, a real excellence of the area in the field of research and scientific dissemination.
If this year you are in Milan and you can not move from the city, you could try to watch the stars from the park Boscoincittà, which covers about 110 hectares of land, in the western suburbs and includes woods, glades, streams, even a small lake and an old farmhouse. Of course it is not like observing in a particularly isolated place, but here the light pollution in the context of the largest metropolis in Italy is definitely limited.
The Val di Sole (TN)
In Italy, among the mountains there is a perfect place for those who want to admire the stars: we are talking about Val di Sole. Here too, several astronomical tourism associations have identified this place as one with a very low light impact, which makes it perfect for nighttime stargazing. Truly perfect for this type of naked eye activity are the towns of Dimaro or the medieval village of Ossana from which it is easy to take spectacular photos of the sky and architecture immersed in the night.
Monte Amiata, between Siena and Grosseto
Also here, as in the areas of Italy previously mentioned, there is a low interference of city lights and you can enjoy the right combination of man and nature. In fact, there are several villages in the valley of Monte Amiata that offer characteristic events about the stars, poems read in the moonlight, or even group contemplation on the brightest night of the year, that of San Lorenzo.
The Aosta Valley
Finally, we suggest an entire region where you can go stargazing, because the smallest region of Italy, mostly mountainous and with Aosta as its largest city (33 thousand inhabitants), is truly the natural astronomical observatory of Italy. According to Fundacion Starlight , the valley of Saint-Barthélemy, in Valle d'Aosta, is among the best places in the world to see the stars. During the night of San Lorenzo if you are nearby, run here.
Sasso di Castalda (Pz)
Every year in Sasso di Castalda many people gather to contemplate together the starry sky and to spend the evening of August 10 in an original way, through a suggestive excursion in the woods towards the top of Mount Arioso, here the view will be practically double, towards the sky and towards the valley and you can feel the beauty pervading every part of your body.
Lake Bracciano (RM)
Looking at the stars from a lake really helps to reconcile with nature and the cosmos, and also you can escape the summer heat, especially for those who are in Rome or Lazio in general, this is always a panacea.
The regional natural park of Bracciano-Martignano, a protected area of Lazio, sees this characteristic lake of volcanic origin light up at night among the stars. To miss it would be a real shame, wouldn't it?