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The Palace with a Tale to Tell

This interactive visit is designed for younger visitors, enabling them to discover the history and artistic wealth of the Palace. Divided into stages, it uses games, hidden clues, stories and legends to engage the participants, each of whom will have an activity book that they can take away with them and then use for follow-up work at home.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French , German, Spanish or Russian.


A Book in Stone

This workshop is all about exploring the stories, crafts, plants and animals that are depicted in the massive book made up of the Palace’s sculpted medieval capitals. Including a visit to the museum, this workshop combines games requiring the participants to use their deductive skills with various other teaching-through-play activities. The aim is to enable them to understand the full content of these vivid and highly expressive carvings, before moving onto the workshop proper where they try to reconstruct one of the more beautiful capitals and then create a plaster cast which everyone then gets to keep.

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English


Understanding (and reconstructing) the Palace

With degrees of complexity suited to different levels of schoolchildren, this workshop is preceded by a visit to the Doge’s Palace that focuses in particular upon the fabric of the building and its history, upon the construction of an extraordinary architectural “appartus” which was not only the seat of government but also a “conveyor of messages” expressed in works of painting and sculpture. In the workshop, the students will, starting from an exploded-view diagram, create a real 3-D model of the Palace which they can then take home with them. The more skilled students can work not only on a model of the Palace but also on one of what, until the nineteenth century, was the Doge’s private chapel – that is, St. Mark’s Basilica itself (complete with bell-tower).

Length: 2 hours

The Lion Hunt

What better than a lion, the very symbol of Venice, to lead children on a more unusual trip around the Doge’s Palace. In this ‘lion hunt’ they must find various painted and sculpted depictions of the animal throughout the Palace, and “win” some items that, put together, will result in a lion-like surprise to take home.

Length: 2 hours





The Art Detective

Having passed through the magnificent rooms of the palace and the vast multifaceted collections on the first floor, the young visitors engage with the picture gallery in a more playful manner. Story-telling opens the way to the discovery of details and the solution of puzzles, all of which teach the children how to look at pictures and understand them.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish or Russian



Jacopo De’ Barbari’s ‘Mission Impossible’: Rising High Enough To Get A Bird’s-Eye View Of Sixteenth-Century Venice

Jacopo de Barbari’s bird’s-eye view of the city dates form 1500 and the original pear-wood plates for the woodcut are one of the most prized possessions of the Museo Correr. The map gives an amazingly detailed account of the city’s buildings, canals, streets, squares and bridges; you can even make out roof tiles, climbing plants and chimney pots. Starting from this comprehensive visual record of sixteenth-century Venice, the workshop focuses on close-up views of some of these wonderful details. Then it moves on to look at the perspective techniques used in creating this extraordinary work, and pratical experimentation with the methods involved. The workshop can be differently adjusted according to age level.

Length: 2 hours




Eyes on me! The interplay of imagination, dreams ond reality: different visions

Fantastic visions in which you take flight; images, objects and surroundings that really do carry you back to the world of three centuries ago. In this truly interactive visit you learn the secrets behind artistic achievements that are famous throughout the world. There is a lot to do (and discover) in this visit to the city’s most beautiful aristocratic palazzo, with the help of a nice activity book to take home.

Length: 2 hours


How does Venice work?

Understanding how Venice is made, how it works and how it worked in the past is the first step to living it, respecting and enjoying it. Why is the urban fabric of the city, which is so dense, characterised by so many campi and corti (squares)? Why is there a wellhead in every square? Why do the chimneys have such bizarre shapes? How do the houses and palaces stand in the water? These and many other questions will be answered in a special itinerary in which Ca’ Rezzonico, a magnificent mansion built between the seventeenth and eighteenth century, lends itself perfectly as example and at the same time as a perfect observation point. We will start from the nearby Campo San Barnaba (meeting at the well) and then we will reach the water entrance to the palace on the Grand Canal. It is that here our exploration starts in search of answers to the above questions, and searching for the answers will lead us all the way up… to the attic! Each experience will then be documented and summarised in the workshop, during which the children, divided into teams, will put together a really special board and, to finish, thanks to the collaboration of Gambier&Keller Editori, there will be a surprise to take back to the classroom to continue the work.

Length: 2 hours



Strange things and magnificent stories: artists in their own words

A fascinating visit in which the figures who were important to the history of Ca’ Pesaro play a leading role: Contessa Felicita Pesaro, who was the driving-force behind the creation of the museum; various artists who were her friends and protégés; numerous others whose work would find a home here. This mix of stories and clues to puzzles which they themselves must solve means the participants discover new and potent links between the works on display.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French


Pippo – Portable Picture Portfolio

This workshop can be adapted to different age levels. The works in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna provide the material and inspiration for a fascinating experience of discovery. The children can explore their own creativity by experimenting with different materials on paper and coloured card. The works produced can then be put together to form a “fold out”, the child’s own track of his unique artistic expression.

Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes


Pop Art and more – Printing On Fabric

Who does not know Andy Warhol, the artist and symbol of Pop Art, who with his “serial” works established a new way of perceiving works of art? The second floor of Ca’ Pesaro this year hosts a core of very important works of this artistic trend, on loan from the Sonnabend Collection and comprising artworks by various artists.Andy Warhol’s works provide the starting point for this workshop in which it will be possible to learn how the ability to reproduce an image mechanically can in reality become a creative process that is always new and different. After a selective visit to the works on show, participants will try the silk screen printing technique for themselves in this workshop. With a print matrix and a spatula for spreading the colours, and guided by experts, they will personalise their own T-shirts and make them forever unique. Participants are required to bring a light-coloured cotton t-shirt, which need not be new, from home.

Length: 2 hours




Hunt the Perfume

Having visited the part of the museum dedicated to the history of perfumes, to the raw materials and techniques used in their preparation, the children are involved in an activity that draws upon a number of senses. Using special teaching materials, they work in teams to explore the tactile and olfactory properties of natural raw materials – some in common use, some rather more rare. Gradually learning to identify these materials and their associations, they move step by step to the refined world of the fragrances whose complex combinations are at the origin of all perfumes. And as Venice itself had a long tradition of perfume-making, each of the children receives a sixteenth-century recipe that they can then try out at home.

Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English


What goes into – and under – a garment

The fascinating and opulent garments of the eighteen century were often veritable sculptures, mobile decors for the individual. How were these complex affairs made? What special techniques were required to construct those wide skirts, those wasp waists, those embroidered jackets and frills? In other words, how did one go about getting dressed in the morning? What underwear did people use? And how on earth did one wash such fabrics? A trunk full of all that a gentleman or lady required will – together with a life-size mannequin – enable those participating in the visit to explore each phase of the complex process whereby the eighteenth-century aristocrat got dressed. Notes on architectural barriers No lift; Staircase to reach the piano nobile of the museum; toilets at the first floor are not wheelchair-accessible; laboratory room at the ground floor.

Length: 2 hours



Inventions , hazards and closely-guarded secrets of a very special craft

A dynamic interactive visit, with a special briefcase containing real-life samples and other materials and each participant having an activity book. All of this enables them to understand the amazing history of a precious craft which, over the centuries, has involved a number of different civilisations – a story that combines technical know-how, trade secrets and what at times seems little short of magic. Thanks to collaboration with with ElleGi Glass it is possible to combine the visit to the museum with a tour around an actual Murano glass works, where you can see master craftsmen in action.).

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English, French, German or Russian


Art In art: glass and pearls

The museum visit, proposed with the same dynamic and interactive characteristics as described above, does not end with the visit to the furnace, but takes advantage of an exhibition dedicated to an art in art, that of Murano pearls. These are made from glass rods and according to various techniques can produce different results: from the small “conterie” and the “rosetta” pearls invented in the fifteenth century to the “a lume” pearls with their infinite variations and decorations. After observing all this, the young participants will be able to “put their hands on” real Murano pearls in the same rooms as the exhibition and make a piece of jewellery to take home with them and wear, to give as a gift or simply keep as a souvenir of this experience. In so doing, they will taking with them a special piece of the city’s history, when skilled Venetian threaders of pearls (called “impiraresse”), used to sit outdoors with a box (the “sessola”) on their laps full of “conterie”, forming a characteristic scene in a smaller Venice that was full of life and locals…

Length: 2 hours 



Knots and Weaves: the amazing secrets of lacemaking

However complex, lace fabric is always based upon knots and weaves. But do we really know how to distinguish one from the other? Practical trial and experiment reveals just how common these knots and weaves are throughout our daily existence, and just how skilfully they can be used in arts and crafts. The families are also given an amusing itinerary that they can follow together in exploring the island of Burano.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English or Spanish



Exploring a Very Special Museum

A visit to a natural history museum is a fascinating experience that brings many different senses into play: in each room, touch, sight and hearing all contribute to our understanding. And each section of the museum is a complete unit, making the place a series of museums within the museum. The first “journey” one undertakes is to the origins of life on earth, exploring fossils and the world of dinosaurs. Then one looks at how natural history collections themselves have evolved, from the days of ancient explorers to those of modern scientific researchers. And finally there is a fascinating section that looks at the enormous variety in the strategies upon which the maintenance of life depends – from movement to nutrition.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: Italian or English


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