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Educational offer

The activities proposed by Terre Borromeo are designed to offer exciting and compelling educational experiences to school classes, oratories and summer camps. From the lake to the mountains, medieval castles full of magic, period games, exciting discoveries in natural parks, a priceless heritage of art in the halls of palaces where Napoleon Bonaparte stayed. Every activity is customized, so as to ensure the best approach for every age and educational level. Through guided tours, interactive meetings, and workshops organized with the help of the most innovative technologies, kids and teens can discover the treasures of the cultural and natural heritage of Terre Borromeo on Lake Maggiore: Rocca di Angera, on the Lombard side in the province of Varese; Parco Pallavicino; Isola Bella and Isola Madre; and Parco del Mottarone on the Piedmont side.

Rocca di Angera

Rocca di Angera

Explore the medieval castle that dominates the Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore with an exciting trip back in time: Rocca di Angera is the ideal place to conduct educational and recreational activities dedicated to kids of kindergarten, primary, and secondary school age, thanks to the evocative setting of the historic rooms, decorated with frescoes from the 14th century. There’s also the Museum of Dolls and Toys, the largest of its kind in Europe, with collections of precious dolls and vintage games. Outside, the medieval garden becomes the perfect place to discover new and unusual botanical varieties, to appreciate the simplicity of plants grown there since ancient times, and to marvel at the life cycle of nature as it changes with each season. The educational workshops are organized in a stimulating way, using questions and puzzles, playtime visits, animated tours, and costumed role-playing to experience firsthand the exploits of the fearless heroes and legendary characters known only from books.

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Parco Pallavicino

Parco Pallavicino

In the green oasis of Parco Pallavicino, spread over an area of 18 hectares, live more than 50 species of mammals and birds in complete harmony with nature. For some of them, the Park is a real refuge. The program promises surprising encounters with zebras, kangaroos, coati, flamingos, raccoons, and turtles. Interesting outdoor ‘lectures’ are provided by the whooping crane called Checca, Fanta the fox, and the wild boars Mirtilla and Jack. On the farm, where the animals walk free, the relationship becomes even more authentic with docile Tibetan goats, mountain goats, sheep, llamas, and deer. There’s also a henhouse with chickens of every size, shape, and plumage. The environment is especially suited for accompanying younger visitors on a fun and educational journey of respect and trust towards animals. The scenery of Parco Pallavicino is completed by a colorful garden whose arcades of jasmine and wisteria, fragrant rose garden, and abundant flower beds release their essences in the shade of ancient trees. The educational proposals are articulated in faunal, botanical, and digital workshops. The programs offer multiple activities: from a treasure hunt with digital microscope and tablet for the youngest, to thematic workshops dedicated to the circular economy or the recovery of wild animals, to reports on environmental issues for secondary school students. The staff, composed of experts in biology and natural sciences, guides kids through activities that bring them closer to animals and the wonders of nature.

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Isola Bella & Isola Madre

Isola Bella & Isola Madre

The educational visits to Isola Bella and Isola Madre are distinguished by the wealth of historical, artistic, and natural content that they offer. Isola Bella is the ideal destination to immerse oneself in the splendor of the Baroque era. The tour starts from the princely residence of the 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo and its 20 rooms: paintings, tapestries, carved wood, statues, sumptuous furnishings, and the prestigious Painting Gallery of General Berthier, the only remaining pinacoteca among the many that existed in northern Italy, now long since dispersed. The adventure continues in the mosaic grottoes, a cool and delightful space at water level, and with a walk in the splendid Italian garden with its flowering terraces, fountains, and statues representing rivers, winds, and the seasons. Climbing the steps of the Teatro Massimo, you can see the Isola Madre, reachable in just a few minutes by boat. Famous for the extraordinary blooms that make it unique, Isola Madre contains botanical varieties from all over the world. Entering this lush natural setting, it will become clear why Gustave Flaubert called it a terrestrial paradise. Not to be missed is the 16th-century palace with its precious reconstruction of period decor and extraordinary collection of 19th-century puppets theaters. In short, unique places that have fascinated visitors for centuries, from Napoleon to Carlo Alberto of Savoy, from Flaubert to Oscar Wilde.

 

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Parco del Mottarone

Parco del Mottarone

A mountain to be experienced in winter and summer with two different educational programs with the same goal: to offer unforgettable days of sport and fun. Mottarone is located between the provinces of Verbania and Novara. From its summit, the view sweeps from the Maritime Alps to Monviso, from the nearby Monte Rosa massif to the Swiss Alps, up to the Po Valley. It is nicknamed ‘the mountain of the seven lakes’ because from here you get a breathtaking view of the lakes Maggiore, Orta, Mergozzo, Varese, Comabbio, Monate, and Biandronno. An incomparable panorama only one hour from Milan. For students, Terre Borromeo organizes nature workshops and sports activities in contact with nature. In the winter season the didactic program includes skiing and snowboarding courses held by expert instructors for groups of 7-10 people, not to mention bobsleighing and guided snowshoeing excursions.

In summer, the programs include an exciting full immersion in nature. The classes have three routes to choose from with different levels of difficulty, along with a new tree-climbing area. Mottarone Adventure Park welcomes primary and secondary school-age kids to an exciting world of fun in the regenerating scenery of the forest. The adventure courses, which include zip lines, nets, bridges, and Tarzan jumps, guarantee adrenaline-charged experiences in total safety, thanks to the continuous lifeline system, which is equipped with a special carabiner designed to never open, harnesses, and helmets. To feel like a true explorer of the forest, treeclimbing is the way to go: the challenge of climbing the highest tree is truly exciting. And if you lose your hold, don’t worry! Thanks to the magnetic clamps, the system releases the rope at a reduced speed, eliminating any risk of breaking. The didactic program is completed by the nature workshops dedicated to the mountain organized at the Bar Stazione located inside the park.

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF ISOLA MADRE

THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF ISOLA MADRE

THE ROCCA DI ARONA

THE ROCCA DI ARONA

THE WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE ISOLA BELLA

THE WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE ISOLA BELLA

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF ISOLA MADRE

THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF ISOLA MADRE

THE ROCCA DI ARONA

THE ROCCA DI ARONA

THE WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE ISOLA BELLA

THE WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE ISOLA BELLA

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Vi auguriamo una buona festa dell’Immacolata con questo quadro di Antonio Cavallucci, appartenuto al cardinale Vitaliano Borromeo.
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La Vergine in piedi su una mezza luna, simbolo della sua purezza, ascende al cielo in una cornice di angeli e putti in volo mentre con il piede schiaccia il demonio in forma di serpente.
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Antonio Cavallucci
Immacolata concezione
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Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella
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We wish you a happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception with this painting by Antonio Cavallucci, which belonged to Cardinal Vitaliano Borromeo.
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The Virgin standing on a half moon, a symbol of her purity, ascends to heaven in a cloud of flying angels and cherubs as she crushes a demon in the form of a snake beneath her feet.
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Antonio Cavallucci
Immaculate Conception
Circa 1790
Berthier Gallery, Borromeo Palace
Isola Bella

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“Di notte, anche il paesaggio riposa.”
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E al mattino è ancora più bello! Goditi l’alba sull’Isola Madre, vai nelle stories e salva lo screen per il tuo telefono!
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“At night, even the landscape rests.”
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And in the morning it's even more beautiful! Enjoy the sunrise on Isola Madre, check the stories and save the screen for your phone!

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Scatta la voglia di Natale!
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Da oggi fino al 25 dicembre, scarta il tuo regalo online con il calendario dell’avvento firmato Terre Borromeo. Ti aspettano grandi sorprese!
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The desire for Christmas has taken off!
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From today until December 25th, unwrap your gift online with Terre Borromeo's advent calendar. Big surprises await you!

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Prosegue l’opera di recupero dei Castelli di Cannero: il progetto, avviato nel 2019, trasformerà la fortezza lacustre in un museo moderno voluto dalla famiglia Borromeo per raccontare la storia della rovina. 

Vieni con noi per un tour esterno dei Castelli di Cannero 🤩
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The recovering of the Castelli di Cannero continues: started in 2019, the project will transform the lakeside fortress into a modern museum wanted by the Borromeo family to tell the story of the ruin.
 
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Vi siete mai chiesti cosa succede quando le porte di Palazzo Borromeo sull’Isola Bella chiudono per il periodo invernale?
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In questo video vi raccontiamo come avviene la manutenzione delle decorazioni lignee della Sala delle Medaglie.
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Queste “cascate d’intaglio” che impreziosiscono la Sala delle Medaglie assieme a lesene e decorazioni a stucco, furono realizzate in legno intagliato in parte dorato con foglia d’oro e in parte dipinto a tempera azzurra.
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Grazie alla pulitura della superficie e alla rimozione della polvere e dello sporco, si riesce a recuperare l’originaria luminosità dei colori.
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Have you ever wondered what happens when the doors of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella close for winter?
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In this video we tell you how the maintenance of the wooden decorations of the Sala delle Medaglie takes place.
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These “cascades of carving” which embellish the Sala delle Medaglie together with pilasters and stucco decorations, were made of carved wood, partly gilded with gold leaf and partly painted in blue tempera.
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Thanks to the cleaning of the surface and the removal of dust and dirt, it is possible to recover the original brightness of the colours.

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