Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi

Physicist, inventor and politician

The age of wireless communication started in the seventeenth- century Villa Griffone di Pontecchio, where Guglielmo Marconi lived and performed his first experiments in electrical telegraphy. Today, the villa is home to the Foundation and Museum dedicated to the inventor of the radio. Not to be missed is the visit of the famous "stanza dei bachi" (worms' room), the first laboratory of the scientist who won a Nobel Prize in Physics at the age of 35. The surrounding park still cherishes the relic of the yacht "Elettra", that was Marconi's floating laboratory starting from 1919.

The museum, that can be visited upon prior booking, gives visitors the possibility to gain precious insights into the life of the scientist. The story of the radio, that started with Marconi in 1895, is celebrated by Bologna's Museum of Communication, whose 2000 displayed items contributed to make it part of UNESCO's Culture of Peace.




  • Bologna April 25, 1874 - Rome, July 20, 1937
  • 1 Nobel prize for physics in 1909
  • 10 Italian honors
  • 2 foreign honors
  • 3,000 miles of the 1st transatlantic communication made ​​by Marconi in 1901
  • 12039 is the number of the ultimate question of patent presented in London in 1896 
  • 21 days in advance of the request for Marconi patent on the first radio broadcast of the Russian Popov

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