Foto credits Castello di San Pelagio - Museo del Volo
The Museum of Flight

Foto credits Castello di San Pelagio - Museo del Volo
Route details Recommended period Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter Phone +39 049 9125008

Children are the protagonists here: in the Castle of San Pelagio, guided tours are offered, as well as workshops for school and tourist groups and theatrical activities.

The Castle of San Pelagio is surrounded by three hectares of green land. We are located in Due Carrare, in the province of Padua. This is the place that, between 1917 and 1918, welcomed poet Gabriele D'Annunzio as he prepared to fly over Vienna, a notable episode of the Great War that changed the castle's fate. As a consequence, the Zaborra family, owner of the villa, decided to transform part of the property into the Museum of Flight.

This museum narrates the human history of the exploration of heaven and space in its 35 rooms. You will explore the history of flight from mythology to the flight of birds, and from Leonardo da Vinci's studies to the most recent space conquests. You can get up close and personal with scale models and miniatures of seaplanes and airships, as well as the hot air balloon that flew over the skies of Paris for the first time.

This is an educational and fun experience: the emotional and immersive rooms will transport you on a flight of the imagination through projections, light games and sound effects.

But the fun doesn't end here. In the park, you can stroll among the scents of thousands of roses, ancient trees and tree-lined passages. You can also test your sense of orientation in the Minotaur Labyrinth and walk through the universal labyrinth of "Forse che sì forse che no" (“Maybe yes, maybe no”, dedicated to Gabriele d'Annunzio), in which younger children can discover the history of trees and plants.

A place that contains wonders to discover in every corner: inside the garden, for example, we find the Brolo, a mix between an ornamental garden and an orchard, where a particular fruit tree known as "biricoccolo” is preserved. This tree produces sweet fruits with an apricot aroma.