Some advice to learn about the world surrounding us through fun activities


leoniThe 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.


Educational workshops are free of charge for all schools.
Booking (as long as place is available):
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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).

Palladio Museum
Contra' Porti 11, 
I-36100 Vicenza - Italy
tel. +39 0444 32 30 14
fax +39 0444 32 28 69
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fattorie_didatticheAn 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)


giocoscienzaJust 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.


Località Seghetta - Valli del Pasubio


Musei AltoVicentino

segheria_miolaThis 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
osservatorio_asiagoThe 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.


Palazzo Bonaguro - Via Angarano, 77 - 36061 Bassano del Grappa


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mondoanimaleThe 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.


Via Lago di Aleghe, 33 - 36015 Schio


neregnodellefarfalleThe 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.


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.

lavoro_bambini_posinaIn 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.


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.

Ethnographic proposal
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.

Archaeological proposal
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.

Naturalistic proposal
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.

Ethnographic-naturalistic proposal
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.




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