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The Museum Network of the Province of Padua was founded with the aim of making the cultural and environmental heritage of our territory increasingly accessible: a rich and varied panorama that covers different areas of interest, art, history, archeology, science, nature and technology ... and much more.
The network consists of museums that are housed in properties owned by the Province and managed directly by the same or through convection with third parties.
Museums as living and living spaces. Places of science or history, but also of relaxation where to spend a few hours with family, children, friends to discover many curiosities and the beauties of Padua and the Euganean Hills.

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Museum of Thermal Machines Orazio Giulia Centanin


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Aperta dalle 10:00 alle 18:00 la prima e terza domenica dal mese e il 6/12 e l'8/12. Chiuso 1 dicembre, 25 dicembre, 26 dicembre, 31 dicembre, 1 gennaio, 6 gennaio.

Entrance Cost

4€ intero/2 € ridotto per persona

Museum Information

Address: Via Petrarca, 44 – 35043 Monselice

The Thermal Machines collection, dedicated to Orazio and Giulia Centanin, is housed in a large structure of the 50s originally designed to host the fruit and vegetable market. There
restructuring, which took place in 2001, was carried out with the intention of maintaining the old building integrating it with steel and glass curtain walls in order to underline the industrial character that the new building would have assumed. The collection consists mainly of steam engines, fixed and self-propelled and different machines dating back to the period between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; these machines were used in the field of land reclamation of wetlands.
The collection began with steam locomobiles once adopted by Centanin family for the cultivation and exploitation of their land of the Euganean area; to these specimens were then added other machines, of different origins, which have enriched the collection up to the current consistency; this includes steam locomotives of the main manufacturers of the time (Ruston, Marshall, Breda) fixed steam engines with horizontal cylinders of design,
different power and construction (Franco Tosi, Neville), steam generators and steam machines. There are also other machines powered by diesel engines and petrol engines: the two large diesel engines were used in the large water-based plants of Ca 'Bianca (Chioggia) and Acquanera (Pernumia) for the evacuation of the water collected in the depressed lands during the rains or during floods.

 Feasts and Events

At the Museum of Thermal Machines Orazio Giulia Centanin can be organized parties / events, to know more, see the menu item  Feaste and Events that is on the home page.


In this structure, birthdays and private parties can be organized. To consult information see the menu item  Birthdays in the museum.



CAVA BOMBA - Geo-Paleontologico Museum




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5.Activities and costs for schools

  5.1 Guidate Tours

      5.1.1 Museum: all the rooms

      5.1.2 Short visit

      5.1.3 Path in the outdoor park

      5.1.4 Guided excursion

      5.1.5 Guided excursion. Monte Cinto, Rusta and Gemola

  5.2 Laboratories and interactive treks

      5.2.1 It is easy to say rock

      5.2.2 The rock flowers

      5.2.3  Looking for fossils

      5.2.4 History of annalaura dinosaura and mauro dinosaur

      5.2.5 How a fossil is formed




pen from 10:00 to 18:00 every weekend. Closed 1 November, 25 December, 26 December, 31 December, 1 January, 6 January


Tickets Price

4€ full price / € 2 reduced price per person.


Information about the site

Via Bomba – 35030 Cinto Euganeo

The Cava Bomba furnace, located at the foot of Mount Cinto, is one of the most significant examples of regional industrial archeology. The complex, as we see it today, is
in fact, the result of technical and economic events that have occurred since the end of the nineteenth century to today. It appears as an agglomeration of buildings, originally used as a stable for donkeys,
housing for workers, warehouses for lime and storage for coal, among which stand out ovens for the cooking of limestone that was transformed into lime or hydraulic lime. The mining activity and the
lime production in the Cava Bomba plant continued until 1974 when, following the discovery of an important fossil deposit in the quarry, it was decided to transform it into a museum


The museum was opened to the public in 1987 and over the years has been enriched with new sections and routes, even in outdoor spaces. In addition to the internal environments dedicated to the geology and palaeontology of the Euganean Hills (fossils), to the minerals and to the historical collection of Count Nicolò da Rio, the Giradi collection of work tools in quarries and in the former quarry is on display in the inner courtyard. limestone has recently been set up a geological path that collects large samples of rocks of the Euganean Hills (trachyte, latite, calcite, rhyolite) and some models of dinosaurs in natural size (allosaurus, apatosaurus, etc.).


Attivita per la scuola


I prezzi non includono il ticket d’entrata, che per i gruppi non guidati è di 2 €/persona, mentre per chi prenota uno dei percorsi guidati è di 1 solo € persona




1. MUSEO TUTTE LE SALE a. Durata 1,5 h b. Costo 60 €

2. VISITA BREVE Solo sezione Geopaleontologica oppure solo sezione Mineralogica (N.B: la visita breve può essere richiesta esclusivamente in abbinamento a un lab/escursione, oppure in orario di apertura ordinaria del museo)

         a. Durata 1 h

         b. Costo 40 €

3. PERCORSO NEL PARCO ESTERNO - Giro della cava di calcare ed esposizione rocce dei colli (N.B: la visita breve può essere richiesta esclusivamente in abbinamento con la visita del museo, codice n. 1 e 2))

         a. Durata 1/2 H

         b. Costo 20 €

4. ESCURSIONE GUIDATA: Monte Cinto (cave sedimentaria e di riolite + buso dei Briganti) a. Durata circa 3 h b. Costo 120 € 5. ESCURSIONE GUIDATA: Monti Cinto, Rusta e Gemola

         a. Intera giornata (durata circa 5 h)

         b. Costo 180 €

5. ESCURSIONE GUIDATA: Monti Cinto, Rusta e Gemola

         a. Intera giornata (durata circa 5 h)

         b. Costo 180 €




    a. Classificazione e riconoscimento di minerali e rocce

       i. Attività interattiva con utilizzo di schede didattiche

       ii. Imparare a riconoscere le principali famiglie di rocce e gli strumenti del geologo esplorando le collezioni petrografiche e mineralogiche

             i. Primaria 2° ciclo; Secondaria 1° e 2° grado

             ii. Durata 1,5 h

             iii. Costo 5 € PER PARTECIPANTE


    a. Classificazione e riconoscimento dei fossili

        i. Attività interattiva con utilizzo di schede didattiche

        ii. Imparare a riconoscere i principi della paleontologia ed alcuni fossili esplorando le collezioni paleontologiche

              i. Primaria 2° ciclo: Secondaria 1° e 2° grado

              ii. Durata 1,5 h

              iii. Costo 5 € PER PARTECIPANTE

3. Ricerca dei Fossili

     a. L'uso degli attrezzi per cercare i fossili

         i. Attività insieme ad un esperto

         ii. Scienze, geologia, paleontologia

             i. Primaria 1° ciclo; Primaria 2° ciclo: Secondaria 1° grado

             ii. Durata 1 h

             iii. Costo 5 €


 per laboratori “Ricerca di Fossili”, “Si fa presto a dire roccia” e “Fiori di roccia”:

         • di 1€ con abbinamento a visita guidata n.1 e n.2

         • di 2€ con abbinamento a escursione n. 4 e n.5


      a. Narrazione illustrata e ricerca finale dei dinosauri

      b. Attività insieme ad esperto: dinosaurologia 

      c. Riconoscere alcuni dinosauri e con loro vivere una fiaba di vita

           i. Materna

           ii. Durata 1 h

           iii. Costo 3 € PER PARTECIPANTE


      a. Tipologia di formazione dei fossili

      b. Attività insieme ad esperto: paleontologia

            i. Materna e Primaria 1° ciclo

           ii. Durata 1 h

           iii. Costo 3 € PER PARTECIPANTE




Castle ot San Martino della Vaneza -Museum of the river   Bacchiglione

Via San Martino, 19 – 35030 Cervarese Santa Croce (PD)


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3. Site map

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7. Activities and costs for schools

  7.1 Guided tours

  7.2  Interactive Laboratories

      7.2.1 From the earth to the fire

      7.2.2 A,B,C in Venetico

      7.2.3 Cave paintings

      7.2.4 Food for gods and men

      7.2.5 Archeomystery

      7.2.6  A Sword in the stone

      7.2.7 The inhabitants of the river



Open from 10:00 to 18:00 every weekend. Closed 1 November, 25 December, 26 December, 31 December, 1 January, 6 January


Ticket costs

4€ full price / 2€ reduced price per person


Information on the site

The castle was donated to the Province by the Papafava family to be restored and used for cultural purposes.

The oldest part of the complex is the tower, built for defensive purposes around the year one thousand and raised during the Carrarese period, on the southern bank of the Bacchiglione. Also during the Carrarese period the remaining buildings were added. During the Venetian era the castle lost its defensive function to become a fluvial port on the river trade route between Padua and Vicenza. Currently it houses the Museo del Fiume Bacchiglione. In fact, the various sections of the museum preserve artefacts found in the Bacchiglione river from the 1970s to today.



Of particular importance are the bronze and iron artifacts of pre-Roman and Roman age (weapons, well-made vases, the dagger, the bronze figure depicting a warrior on horseback), the monoxile artifacts dating back to the 8th century AD. (initially it was thought to be used as a boat but, more appropriately, given the size and the tortuosity of the river, we must think of their use as support for watermills) and the numerous ceramic finds from the Middle Ages and Modern more than objects of domestic use).

Parties and Events

At the Castle of San Martino della Vaneza many festivals / events are developed, such as Halloween, the feast of San Martino ... For knitting information, see the menu item Feasts / Events Feste/Eventi on the home page.


Birthdays and Weddings

Also, at this structure we celebrate birthdays, weddings and private parties. To consult information see the menu item Birthdays and weddings at the museum  Compleanni e matrimoni al museo located 


Activities and costs for schools


Prices do not include the entrance ticket, which for unguided groups is 2 € / person, while for those who book one of the guided tours is only 1 € for person



1. MUSEUM ALL THE ROOMS a. Duration: 1 hour b. Cost: 40 €

2. GUIDED EXCURSION: along the river up to the mill a. Duration: 1.5 hour b. Cost: € 80





              a. Clay has always been one of the most functional and easily available materials of antiquity, which man has skillfully exploited and used, especially in river contexts such as that of the Bacchiglione. The teaching activity is structured in a first theoretical part, in which, through the use of visual and computer support and the visit to the museum rooms, the students will be accompanied to discover the characteristics of the materials used, and in a second practical part of processing of clay and creation of a small container, following the techniques of prehistoric man.

                        i. Manual activity with creation of small vessels through the techniques used in antiquity

                        ii. Learn to observe the ceramic departments and their characteristics. Recognize the importance of clay as a material used in antiquity. To know the various techniques and phases of working clay from raw material to the finished object.

                                 1. Primary School (classes II - III - IV - V)

                                 2. Duration 1,5 h

                                 3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT


              a. What will be written on the enigmatic pebbles of the Museum? And on the precious bronze lebete? Through the use of Greeks and Etruscans, the alphabet arrives in Veneto where it is modified and used according to the local language: the venetic. But how did they learn to write? And what did they use instead of notebooks and pen pens? We will discover it together by trying out a fun activity of writing in the alphabet on clay tablets and metallic laminette.

                         i. The alphabet and the writing of the ancient Veneti

                         ii. The social and religious importance of writing in antiquity will be deepened.

                                 1. Primary School (classes IV - V)

                                 2. Duration 1,5 h

                                 3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT


              a. La pittura rupestre della preistoria ci svela il mondo dei nostri antenati, le loro credenze, le loro paure, rappresentate attraverso immagini dal realismo sorprendente, create con i colori forniti dalla natura. L'attività è strutturata in una parte teorica: introduzione storica relativa alle varie manifestazioni dell'arte nel mondo preistorico attraverso il supporto di immagini (proiezione in power point), e in una parte pratica: pittura su un supporto predefinito di soggetti preistorici ispirandosi alle pitture rupestri.

                        i. The manifestations of prehistoric man's art

                        ii. The social value of artistic manifestations in prehistory will be addressed.

                                  1. Primary School (classes III - IV - V)

                                  2. Duration 1,5 h

                                  3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT


               a. Food at the center of everyday life: what did our ancestors eat and how did they get it? Why did they offer food to the dead and to the deities? What documents tell us about it? Let's find out together in this fun laboratory! The activity is structured in a theoretical part: vision of exhibits from the museum collection, historical introduction concerning food in the ancient world through the support of images (power point projection), and in a practical part: grinding of cereals and realization of scones. On request, there is the possibility to set up the laboratory both for the pre-protohistoric and Roman period.

                       i. Feeding in the ancient worldL'alimentazione nel mondo antico

                       ii. The economic and social implications of food changes will be deepened, radically transforming every aspect of everyday life.

                                1. Primary School (classes I - II) 

                                2. Duration 1,5 h

                                3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT


                a. A vase has mysteriously disappeared from the museum! Who stole it and why? Only curious and attentive children will succeed, following the clues left by the thief, to recover the precious find! The activity is structured as a real treasure hunt among the rooms of the Museum, during which with the help of the operator the children will have to solve puzzles and collect clues through which they can learn while having fun and bring back the stolen vessel in its place. 

                       i. Playful activity of introduction to the study of history and archeology

                       ii. The aim of the activity is to bring younger children closer to history and archeology through a fun and educational game together.

                               1. Primary School (classes I - II)

                               2. Duration 1,5 h

                               3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT


                 a. By studying ancient weapons it is possible to deduce the social, political and historical features of a people and to see how a culture can be influenced by another. In the practical part you will experience the different archaic weapons and techniques.

                        i. Types of armaments; analysis of social, political, historical and religious traits of ancient peoples.

                        ii. Stimulate the observation of archaeological finds; to understand the evolution of materials processing techniques; to understand how a culture can be influenced, absorbed or merged into another.

                                 1. Primary School (II - IV and V) Secondary

                                 2. Duration 1,5 h

                                 3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT


                  a. The river hosts various life forms, molluscs, crustaceans, annelids and insect larvae, all of which are very important animals for the ecological classification of water quality. With the help of special panels will be made a morphological description of the river and the correlation with the forms of life that populate it. In the second part of the workshop, the students will experiment with sampling techniques and examine the organisms that will help them to make numerous ecological considerations about the river's state. On request the laboratory can be combined with the activity on the river environment.

                        i. The goal is to introduce students to the various forms of river life and the ecological role they play within their habitat.

                                 1. Primary School (classes III - IV - V) Secondary School

                                 2. Duration 1,5 h

                                 3. Cost 5 € PER PARTICIPANT






villa beatrice este  

 VILLA BEATRICE D’ESTE - Museo  Naturalistico

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5. Birthdays and Weddings


Open from 10:00 to 18:00 on the first and third Sunday of the month. Closed November 1, December 25, December 26, December 31, January 1, January 6

Entrance fee

€ 4 full / € 2 reduced per person

Museum information

 Address: Via Monte Gemola – 35030 Baone

Villa Beatrice stands on the top of Mount Gemola in a panoramic position. The monumental complex takes the name of a saint, Beatrice, who lived here from 1221 and 1226. In this area stood, in fact, in place of the current villa an ancient monastery / Benedictine convent, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, previously inhabited by hermits, like many others scattered during the Middle Ages in the solitude of the Euganei. Beatrice descended from the illustrious family of the Estensi who, before moving to Ferrara, had lordship over Este and part of the Paduan territory. In 1576 the religious of the Gemola monastery were transferred to Padua and Beatrice's remains moved to the Church of Santa Sofia
The monastery was then abandoned and the news documented on the history of the complex very few. It is certain that in 1657 the property was owned by the Venetian merchant Francesco Ruberto who transformed it into a villa giving it its current appearance. The construction of the barchessa dates back to the end of the 19th century. Restored in the early '80s it was destined to host in some places a Naturalistic Museum of the Euganean Hills. The main building externally preserves a monastic severity with a parsimonious use of decorative elements. Internally the building is structured with the typical plan of the Venetian patrician buildings with central hall and rooms open laterally to this. The central hall has a double height and is embellished by a Murano glass chandelier, a seventeenth-century balustrade and a beautiful wooden ceiling with geometric compartments. The noble oratory attached to the villa dedicated to San Giovanni Battista also stands out. The museum exhibition includes sections dedicated to insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and flora of the Euganean Hills.

Feasts and Events

At Villa Beatrice D'Este-Naturalistic Museum many festivals / events are developed, to find out more, see the menu item Feasts and Events.

Birthdays and weddings

Also, at this structure we celebrate birthdays, weddings and private parties. To consult information, see the menu item Birthdays and weddings at the museum.



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