Some advice to learn about the world surrounding us through fun activities
PALAZZO LEONI MONTANARI
The Galleries of Palazzo Leoni Montanari provide a wide choice of tours and free educational workshops dedicated to kindergartens, primary and high school, with multidisciplinary offers based on the history of the palace, the themes of its decorations, its permanent collection of Russian Icons, Venetian paintings of the 18th century and Attican and Greek ceramics.
The educational workshops are not for schools only: some are meant to engage groups of people with specific difficulties or handicaps and are involved in projects of reception, individual enhancement and social inclusion that focus on how to better take advantage of Art’s potential.
In addition to school tours, guided tours for adults are also organised.
INFORMATION AND BOOKING
Educational workshops are free of charge for all schools.
Booking (as long as place is available):
New possibilities have been added to the usual tours of Russian icons:
1. A tour based on the baroque palace and the myths represented in it;
2. Workshops linked to exhibitions that will take place in November and February at the Galleries, with the presence of important paintings of the Russian avant-garde.
It is the educational workshop organised by the Palladio Museum to promote and spread the architectural culture to the youth.
In line with the cultural strategy of the museum, Palladio Kids explore the Renaissance to investigate the themes and significant concepts of our present, deepening their knowledge on the matter and sharing it in order to create a cultural platform for the architecture of the future.
- Spread architectural knowledge and awareness through fun scientific activities;
- Raise awareness among children and teenagers of environmental sustainability based on architecture, city and territory;
- Introduce Palladio, the local hero who lends his name to streets, shops, gyms and much more in the city and its outskirts.
- Encourage spirit of observation, the ability to orient themselves inside a space and the ability to represent said space.
- Promote imagination and creativity;
- Encourage teamwork;
- Offer schools new tools to achieve their curriculum (art).
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EDUCATIONAL FARMS AROUND VICENZA
An educational farm is a place of learning, a workshop that offers direct experience in observation, study, handling, collection of materials, participation to the working and processing phases of agricultural products, construction of small objects, tastings of the products and games.
The objective is to offer the younger generation the tools to get closer to the territory and the environment, allowing children to study and directly experience the existing relationships between agricultural activity, food consumption and environmental safeguard.
The visit to an educational farm is also an opportunity for encounter and mutual enrichment between different generations.
Farm operators at the educational farm are ready to guide the children in the discovery of the treasures of the territory.
c/o Palazzo Corielli (I piano), via Cardinal De Lai, 2 36034 - Malo (VI)
HOW TO REACH GIOCOSCIENZA
Just like real researchers, children can collect data through their senses, selecting and comparing them and formulating hypotheses.
Toys, especially the handmade ones, are perfect “study partners”, because the way they work is often linked to the laws of physics: through the guided analysis of a toy, it is easy to understand physics concepts, such as air resistance, balance, sound waves, leverages, elasticity, friction. This is one of the main objectives of the visit to this exhibition: being able to recognise the simple laws of physics in our everyday life.
As for adults, there is the chance to try the showcased toys and experience childhood once again.
There are about twenty types of toys showcased in the building, together with many other prototypes.
SEGHERIA MIOLA - MIOLA SAWMILL
Località Seghetta - Valli del Pasubio
HOW TO REACH SEGHERIA MIOLA
This sawmill has belonged to the Miola family for 150 years. The factory and the water channel are more ancient and belong to a bigger complex of factories that operate using water power. A laboratory on the fourth floor showcases interesting working tools, used or built by the members of the Miola family as years went by.
The sawmill, active until 1969, is now operational for educational visits for schools and organised groups. The visit includes a tour of the water channel till the outlet on the Leogra torrent.
Localita' Pennar - Via dell'Osservatorio, 8 - 36012 Asiago
The headquarters of the INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Padua located in Asiago is the perfect place to introduce professional astronomy to the public and to promote the knowledge of the scientific activities conducted in our research institute.
The presence of telescopes and a multimedia hall, a structure dedicated to educational activities and divulgation of knowledge (accessible to people with disabilities), offers a rich educational program with the aim of conveying information and creating large-scale scientific awareness.
MONDO ANIMALE - ANIMAL WORLD
Palazzo Bonaguro - Via Angarano, 77 - 36061 Bassano del Grappa
HOW TO REACH ‘MONDO ANIMALE’
The project of the permanent exhibition “Animal World – understand it to safeguard it” aims at raising the awareness of the visitors about the importance of the protection of endangered species. The stars of the exhibitions are several mammals from different continents, some belonging to critically endangered species, such as the Saiga antelope, some belonging to species that are now less-threatened thanks to the norms of international protection, such as the leopard.
Three rooms contain several specimen of bears, tropical felids, Asian ungulates and rare representatives of the European fauna, such as the wolf, the lynx and the wild cat. One of the strengths and novelties of the exhibition is definitely the layout, built around the animals, that recreates their natural habitat. Along the walls, a single continuous strip offers real images of the environments and the descriptions of the species, with information on their habitat, distribution and conservation. The use of sounds and lights helps conveying the feeling of being surrounded by nature.
NEL REGNO DELLE FARFALLE - INSIDE THE BUTTERFLIES’ KINGDOM
Via Lago di Aleghe, 33 - 36015 Schio
HOW TO REACH ‘REGNO DELLE FARFALLE’
The museum was founded by Giancarlo Paglia, who decided to transform his private collection into a real museum with more than 10.000 butterflies of 250 different species in 300 showcases, recreating the habitat where they live. A tour to the natural paradise of the alpine areas of Italy. Visitors are welcomed by a phrase carved in stone, stating “Inside the butterflies’ kingdom”, a themed mosaic counter, gadgets, brochures on the museum and books on butterflies. The exhibition is developed on a surface of almost 2.000 square metres, dominated by giant posters recreating the natural environments of the Alpine diurnal butterflies.
This is all thanks to the Paglia family’s passion for butterflies: they have crossed most of Italy with their camper in search of the local species of lepidoptera, from Posina to Cervino (butterflies, with their fragile wings, are able to live at 3,000 metres above sea level) and from Val Senales to Mount Novegno, passing through Tuscany and Liguria.
The cataloguing of the 250 Italian species is divided into subspecies, shapes, gender and behavioural habits. The proposed tour is divided into 5 routes based on time, environment, geography, science and ecology.
IL MULINO MAIN - L'ORDITO E LA TRAMA
Contrà Ressi, Posina
The aim of the association is to promote the reintroduction of the entire manual supply chain of the textile product (such as scarves and shawls, carpets, pieces of furniture) with exclusively natural yarn, both of animal (wool and cashmere) and vegetal origin (linen, cotton and ramie).
The association organises:
- Courses to learn how the supply chain works;
- Craft production of fabrics and looms, using untreated wool and vegetable fiber.
- Educational workshops on the process of fabrics: carding, spinning, colouring, weaving.
In Posina, in collaboration with the municipality, educational activities will take place in the newly restored mill, built near the Main Lake. The lake is surrounded by meadows with playgrounds and a suggestive café. There is also an area for campers and a big car park. At the mill it will be possible to:
- Get to know the chain of artisan wool production;
- See the weaving work on a traditional 4-heddle loom;
- See how the woollen yarn, that can then be used for all textile purposes, is obtained from raw wool (sheep wool is also used for spinning as soon as it is sheared);
- Experience weaving on real small looms.
MUSEO DIFFUSO in Lusiana
The educational activities the Museo Diffuso in Lusiana has to offer range from themed activities linked to archaeology, ethnography, to the environment and the territory. In addition to guided visits lead by our experienced operators, educational workshops are provided, which allow students to put into practice what they have just learnt. All our proposals can be combined to ensure maximum flexibility in terms of time. Visitors can therefore decide whether to spend half a day or a full day inside the museum.
Pallazzon Museum, to discover the traditions of the past.
Visiting the exhibition area allows students to experience the ways of living and working of the past, with highlights on the ways people used to get, prepare and preserve food. The tour leads the visitors through settings recreated with historical accuracy: kitchen, basements, rooms, outdoor space. In the section dedicated to straw manufacture, it is possible to see the ancient tools used to weave the straw to create bags and hats. Upon request, at the end of the visit, it will be possible to participate to one of the following activities: Weaving workshop, to experience the ancient art of weaving; Cheese making workshop, consisting of a practical demonstration of milk processing (max group of 20 students); audio-visual projection.
On Mount Corgnon, a walk in Prehistoric times.
From the centre of Lusiana, walking down a path in the woods, we reach the ancient settlement of Mount Corgnon. Inside the huts of the reconstructed Prehistoric village, it is possible to relive the main activities of man during the Bronze Age thanks to one of our operators: clay processing, loom weaving, archery, necklace making, bread baking.
The presence of the forest, as well as the possibility to walk along some trenches from the Great War and the panoramic position of the village help creating a unique atmosphere.
ALPINE BOTANICAL GARDEN ON MOUNT CORNO
Environment and flora of the Vicentine Mountains.
Along the suggestive path visitors can admire the beautiful scenery, made of alpine pastures, marble extraction and process sites, trenches of the Great War and the British cemetery, as well as the spectacular rock formations called the “City of stone”.
The visit to the garden with specialised operators or with the botanist lets the visitors discover the world of alpine flora. It hosts about 400 species and visitors will have the chance to observe special flowerings, such as the one of the PIANELLA DELLA MADONNA in mid-June, or that of the ALPINE POPPY, from June to the end of September.
Botany courses and microscopic observation are also provided in the outdoor hall.
The Mill valley, millstones and hydraulic works in the wild.
The valley is a breath-taking environment enriched with all sorts of hydraulic works, from the mills for wheat and corn, to the ancient mallets for iron and the place for the process of barley.
In Valle di Sotto it is possible to visit the old “Garzotto” mill, the place where the mallet is, the oven for the bread baking and the small traditional cheese factory. There will be a stop along the path to visit the restored place “dei Rigine”, a perfect panoramic spot to observe the water intake works. Within easy reach there is also the Sola Mill, equipped with two wheels. The visit can be completed with a stop at the ancient district of Covolo, with view on the Sojo geological survey, where a climbing wall has been built.
From there, there is the Parco del Sojo (Sojo Park) within walking distance, that hosts a permanent modern art exhibition.
Area for practical demonstration of activities in the woods
Plants, rocks, wood, carbon, lime.
The “Labioli” area has been created in a clearing in the middle of the woods, 5 km away from Lusiana, where practical demonstrations of activities, such as coal and lime production and the manufacturing of roof tiles, take place. Visitors can explore the spaces where the miners and the woodcutters work and observe the “calcara” (an oven for the process of lime) and the coal mines.
The visit is a unique opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the natural environment and to reconnect with nature by recalling the old trades. During the stay, expert operators provide explanations on how to recognise rocks, trees, plants, bushes and karst phenomena. Visitors will have the chance to collect material for small herbaria. After returning to Palazzon Museum, it will also be possible to watch some documentaries on coal and the lime mines.
Naturalistic parks and outdoor activities for children and parents.
OASI ROSSI E IL GIARDINO DELLE FARFALLE TROPICALI
It is a green surface of more than 100,000 square metres, equipped with playgrounds, inflatable games, picnic areas, meadows, sanitary facilities, dining facilities and much more.
The perfect place to spend your Sunday together with your friends and family, surrounded by nature and ready to have fun, learn and relax.
What you can find: the garden of tropical butterflies, green areas, small barnyard animals, picnic area with tables, chairs and barbecue, gazebos, playgrounds, a small train, the historic Park of Villa Rossi, a flower shop, gadgets, cafes and sanitary services.
PARCO FAUNISTICO CAPPELLER
Picnic areas, playgrounds, space dedicated to mammals, reptiles and birds.
Opened in 2009 in honour of the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin (1809-1882), supporter of the “Natural selection” theory, with which he claims that men derive from monkeys. Thanks to life-size replicas it will be possible to unravel the “mystery” of evolution from the Australopithecus afarensis to the Homo sapiens.
THE VILLAGE OF GNOMES
The Village was founded thanks to the arrival of small, wise creatures from the North, that chose the “Pöslen Woods” as their ideal home: a magical place in the park of the Hotel da Barba.
Spend an exciting day guided by our operators along a path unfolding through a pristine environment, a dense fir forest and lush pastures and breathe some “fairy good” air while exploring ancient galleries and the magical, mysterious and animated world of the gnomes.
It is said that gnomes live hidden in their woods, love silence and animals: one of them is called Siben and is the symbol of the Asiago Plateau.
It will be a magical adventure to the delight of all children and a chance to relax for everyone else, surrounded by the suggestive world of nature, history and magic.
You will find a large playground with trampoline, football pitch, volleyball, swings, table tennis, a solarium with sun beds and paid electric karts.
You can also relax by participating to the Gnomes’ paint workshop.
OASI WWF DI CASALE
The ponds of this oasis are one of the last damp areas of this territory: a real oasis in a desert of concrete.
The ponds and wetlands that make up the oasis are the result of past clay excavation activities.
In the last decades, the abandonment of the excavation sites has created the perfect conditions for the progressive colonisation of the area by the typical vegetation of the wetlands. The presence of holes of different size and depth favoured the interesting environmental diversification, so that currently the area appears as a mosaic of perpetually flooded surfaces, devoid of vegetation, areas covered in marshy herbaceous vegetation (reeds, in particular), willow trees, bushes, uncultivated ruderal meadows and rural hedges.
LA MONTAGNA SPACCATA
It is a rocky formation tightly linked to the Small Dolomites. It dates back to the Late Triassic, about two hundred million years ago, when the land of the Recoaro valley were submerged by the waters of the Thetis sea. The deep fissure that splits the mountain in two was dug into the rock by the Torrazzo stream.
This place is famous for its legends on mysterious female sea creatures called the “anguane” (creatures from the Alpine mythology, similar to nymphs or water fairies). It is easier to come across these beings at night and if there is water nearby: that is when the “anguane” come out with their baskets to wash clothes, but beware, for these creatures are fickle and dangerous. They could appear with their long, swaying hair and bewitching shapes, to drag you to the bottom of their pit or puddle and hold you prisoner forever.
Even the Asiago Plateau has its own Acropark: joining the Acropark family last, it has already become a well-known destination for the lovers of strong emotions.
The Big Zip route will leave you speechless: it has a 348mt zip-line system passing through the vegetation and over the small Lonoba Lake, giving unparalleled sensations. As if that were not enough, there are four other routes, from the easiest ones, like “Kid Explorer” and “Junior Adventure”, to the “Emotion” route and the challenging “Braves only” route.
Since it also cares for the environment and the history of the territory, upon request Acropark organises guided walks towards the Voragine di Stonaus, visits to the Museum of the Great War and the Bostel Archaeological site, as well as orienteering and rock climbing lessons.
After all these activities, people can also relax along the banks of the swimming pond, equipped with sun beds, beach umbrellas and a beach volley court.
PARCO DEL SOJO
Nature, art, history and tradition. A new relationship between modern sculpture and environmental protection.
‘Parco del Sojo” is located in Lusiana, in the southern outskirts of the Asiago Plateau. It is an innovative attraction, created with the aim of promoting an area of great environmental, historical and artistic interest.
The integration of modern sculptures inside the natural environment lets you experience space and time on a different level.
The 3-km-long itinerary twists and turns through meadows, paths and woods.
The park hosts about 50 installations, it takes 2 hours to see them all, and it is a medium difficulty route. The stretch is free of charge, visitable at any time of the year. Easily reachable by your own car.
Built around 1995 and 1996 under the initiative of the Montana Alto Astico Community and the Municipality of Tonezza, in collaboration of Veneto Agricoltura – Regional agency of the Forests of the Veneto Region, the Excalibur route is a 2-hour-long path. Every year it welcomes school groups and many individual visitors. It is a loop itinerary located in “La pontara”, west of Tonezza, and winds along meadows and pastures, in an area encircled by fir and beech tree woods.
For this reason, the path is the perfect educational itinerary for school groups, since it allows them to discover the landscape of the Veneto pre-Alps and to recognise the presence of man on the mountains, (given the fact that some of the old districts are still well preserved). In addition to anthropological and naturalistic aspects, the Excalibur route is perfect to explain to children the role of the Tonezza Plateau during the First World War, since it left some signs along the path, such as a fortress and a trench, both open to the public. 10 stops are planned, each of them offering educational-recreational activities: Le dolci linee del paesaggio; Il “vecchio Faggio”; I sorprendenti Larici; La “Contrà Vallà”; La “Valle dei ciliegi”; Il fortino; Le antiche cave; La sorgente; Dentro la trincea; Incontro con il Bosco.
PERCORSO DIDATTICO FORESTALE DELLA VAL DI NOS
Val di Nos
Short educational stretches in the woods, with informative boards on flora, fauna, management of the ecosystem of the woods, picnic areas equipped with fires, benches and tables.
"VIVERE IL FIUME" IN VALBRENTA
HOW TO REACH THE IVAN TEAM
Valbrenta, the perfect place for those who love nature, the environment and landscapes and want to get to know its character, its force, colours, and learn to respect its qualities.
Discover the treasures kept inside this beautiful valley.
“Vivere il fiume” (Experience the river) is a project that offers the chance to get to know the Valley of the Brenta river better through educational and recreational activities.
For all those who wish to learn more about the river, the territory and its natural beauties, 'Vivere il Fiume' is the ideal choice to come in contact with such an amazing world made of fun, growth and security. Every element, from the experience, structures, infrastructures, to the great heritage of the valley itself, is used to plan in-depth educational activities, where the river is the main character of the whole experience.
CALLE DI VENERE
The LandArt Calledivenere group was founded in the silence of the undergrowth of the Park of the Calvene waterfalls back in 2010.
In this place art, passion and game work together to create discreet installations that blend perfectly with the natural environment.
In the Waterfalls Park, the artist breaks the mold by transforming the area in an open-air art gallery, where nature greatly influences the works and makes them evolve over time.
What the visitors see today in the park will be different from what they will see tomorrow.
PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELL'ALTOPIANO SETTE COMUNI di BOSTEL DI ROTZO
HOW TO REACH THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
The archaeological park in the Sette Comuni Plateau in Bostel di Rotzo is a site from the Iron Age (1st millennium B.C.), where it is possible to visit the current sites and the replica of the ancient village rediscovered during the excavations. Near the archaeological area in Bostel there is a “baito” (a dining facility), a tourist accommodation and an information point on the history and environment of the land.