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Park of Monte Cucco
Park of Monte Cucco

Laboratory and Teaching


We organize - for schools, groups, associations and families - of visits to the Museum Laboratory combined with trips to didactic in the Monte Cucco Cave.


The Laboratory Museum of Monte Cucco Park was created to be primarily a didactic function and informative; it is an ideal destination for families, schools, and for all those groups and individuals who like to look into.


The Laboratory Museum is open daily in July and August and weekends of bad weather from April 25 to November 30 will be able to visit the Museum Laboratory of the Park and the Classrooms of Costacciaro, with sightseeing tour to the small medieval village, rich history and typical views. During other periods, you should contact the City of Costacciaro and book a visit (075 9172723 or


The Documentation Centre on Karst Areas has had new and more spacious and has permanently integrated with the Land Registry and Speleological Umbria Umbria-Marche Apennines. Here are available the land records of all the caves Umbria and Marche. An extensive library and a complete series cartographic complete the service.


Detailed description of 'exhibition itinerary


The museum-workshop is a unique educational structure, which shows itself in an unusual way what happens in the limestone masses of Monte Cucco and Umbria Marche Apennines, revealing the mysterious paths that rain follows in the bowels of the mountains before reviewing the light sources and to feed the aquifers of the plain. It 'a path to everyone, even thought especially for children and young people in schools, where different areas require that the discovery and acquisition of knowledge to pass through manual intervention, with machinery, tools, and three-dimensional models operated by the same visitors.


The end point of the path of knowledge is the source of the water we drink (which is also the theme around which the set of images, texts, machines, models, samples and tools in the museum) but we leave, and would not be possible otherwise, from the origin of the rocks and Apennine Apennines same, through multimedia paths that take us back in time, to the Pangea, and reconstruct the movements of the continents and the lifting of the land and then the mountains, then moved to the formation of caves and trails that are the sites of the collection of groundwater. There is also a comprehensive and systematic collection of fossils found in sedimentary layers of the Park of Monte Cucco.


Is shown with exhibition material original and striking the origin of the extraordinary and unexpected underground world of Monte Cucco. The drainage system of underground rivers is clarified through the striking and immediate representation made by three-dimensional models that show how, along such streets, how soon the rain water eventually ends up in underground water reserves and food sources valley . In fact, the water we drink.


A section of the museum laboratory describes the events of the ancient animals that populated the area in the last and penultimate glaciation, to discover that among them there were also large vertebrate mammals like the woolly rhinoceros, the cave bear and the ibex, the remains of which were found in association, only case in Italy, in the Cave of Monte Cucco and in many other caves in the area. Artifacts, images, photos, paleogeographic reconstructions, descriptions, topographical surveys constitute a significant set of data on the paleontology of this sector of the Apennines.


Some panels and various message boards with exhibits describing human events in the upper valley of the Chiascio and in the Caves of Monte Cucco. Some artifacts date back to the Paleolithic period, 120,000 years ago.


The museum did not miss the areas dedicated to the vegetation and fauna of the Park, where they make some prominent life-size reproductions of mammals and birds, particularly those raptors that so strongly characterize the high and inaccessible cliffs of Mount Cucco and Catria.


For those who love the computer means a computer system can provide visitors to make a long and detailed virtual journey into the world of Monte Cucco Park, to the discovery of even the most inaccessible places like the deeper areas of the caves and the mysterious underground rivers.


The visit begins with a large-screen projection of one of the specially prepared documentaries: "The Park of Monte Cucco" in extended version (46 '), "The Park of Monte Cucco" in a shortened version (28') or "The Karst of Monte Cucco "(28 ') (the choice of either depends on the type of party and the eventual awareness program to be carried out on the territory). The cut is still simple and catchy, valid for adults and children.

The documentaries are intended to present a summary of the emergencies of the Park and stimulating images with significant interest and curiosity about the topics that will be addressed and deepened in various sectors of the Museum or while hiking along the routes that the park offers.


Documentation Centre on Karst Areas


The documentation center attached to the Museo-laboratory combines the exhibition of ancient texts and documents topographic, all on the theme of the exploration of the caves Umbria Marche Apennines, beginning with the last century up to the recent major events related to the exploration of  Monte Cucco Cave, one of the largest and deepest among those known.


It 'a way to relate the events caving world with what was happening simultaneously in Monte Cucco and in other caves in Umbria. And from this comparison shows a framework where the research karst Umbrian not disfigure some respect to those made in other famous karst areas.


The Centre collected all the detailed topography of the main cavity of the Umbria Marche and Umbria, the land registry speleologico Umbria, the Marches of speleological cadastre, a list of publications and documentation topographical available. E 'available also the list of bibliographic nature publications related to the massif of Monte Cucco. Much of the Documentation Centre is available in electronic form.






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