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    Discovering the Venetian villas and palaces of Verona

    Unknown villas, some of which have never been surveyed, stately homes built over the centuries close to the city, just outside the walls, buildings of immense historical and artistic value on which not enough has been reflected. What cultural model do they respond to? Did they have a function of only representation, of ostentation of their status and of Goldonian holiday? And above all, today, what is the state of conservation and enhancement of this ‘hidden’ heritage, incorporated in contemporary urban expansion?


    These are the themes addressed during the round table “Le Ville e i Palazzi storici di Verona e dintorni. Un patrimonio urbano e suburbano da ri-conoscere e ri-valutare” that was held in Verona on 6 and 7 December 2019. Also present during the event were the Councillor for Culture, Tourism, Youth Policies, Equal Opportunities Francesca Briani and the President of the 1st District – Historical Centre Giuliano Occhipinti.



    During the meeting there were authoritative guests in the scientific field such as Prof. Daniela Zumiani, Professor of History of Architecture at the University of Verona, on the topic “ Tra palazzo di città e villa suburbana: lo schifar la noia della rampante borghesia veronese (sec. XVII-XIX)”, Doctor Francesco Monicelli for a focus on the suburban villas of the Giusti family and unknown villas and Prof. Danilo Gasparini, professor of History of Agriculture and Food at the University of Padua who dealt with the topic entitled “Palladio’s minor daughters”. The Verona villas between prestige and oblivion. The programme includes guided tours by Prof. Daniela Zumiani.

    Social network: music and theatre against bullying


    To raise students’ awareness on the issue of bullying, that is the set of actions of prevarication by one or a few people against an individual, or a small group, which tends to damage the image, relationships or rights of the victim.

    The institutions

    The project involved a group of students from the Istituto Manzoni in Suzzara, the Liceo Artistico Giulio Romano and the Liceo Classico Virgilio in Mantua.

    The Course

    The students involved will take part in twelve itinerant meetings.

    Some of them will be led by Dr. Paolo Breviglieri, a psychologist from ASL of Mantova. His intervention aims to present the main characteristics of bullying, the actors involved, the complexity of relationships between adolescents and the risks to which the new social technologies expose us.

    The remaining lectures are given by Nicoletta Vicentini, director of Fondazione Aida who has been developing social theatre projects for young people for years, and the rapper Andrea Bagni.

    The students presented the results of their work on the 16th May 2015 at the Anselmi Theatre in Pegognaga.

    If you don’t want to lose track of the stories and collect feed-back, a dedicated Facebook page is online: SOCIAL NETWORK: music and theatre against bullying.

    Fundraising campaign for Teatro Onlife

    With the ongoing health emergency, theatres, as well as many other spaces of aggregation and culture, have closed leaving a huge void. Teatro Onlife wants to be a valid and structured alternative to the physical space of the theatre, a new way of doing and enjoying this art form, with the spectators at the centre.

    Which will also be useful when the theatres open.

    We will develop a specific software platform that will enable the theatre, and especially children’s theatre, to break the traditional patterns of representation and enter a new, innovative, virtual dimension.

    The project represents a challenge that Children’s Theatre is taking in combining three different subjects

    1. the actor with his performing and pedagogical action
    2. the audience, in particular the children’s audience, including children with disabilities
    3. the digital system

    The challenge is to keep alive and constant the denominator that makes a live performance a unique and interactive event, creating new audiences by meeting on a dedicated digital platform.

    How to support the project?

    • with a bank transfer or cheque benefiting of the Art Bonus (i.e. you will receive a tax credit equal to 65% of the donation)
    • through the crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe

    How Teatro Onlife develops

    We will develop several innovative technologies. The ones that in 90 days will allow us to go on stage in a more structured way than the experiments done so far are:

    The creation of the web platform that will host the different virtual spaces (each one corresponds to a show).

    In order to create this platform, a team of experts will identify the Minimum Viable Product, that is, the tool that will allow us to identify the simplest version in terms of effectiveness and immediacy and that will offer the main functionalities (called “core”) of Teatro Onlife.

    At the same time, a web and app development team will focus on the creation of two other functional tools of the product: the app for children and the editorial platform.

    App development

    It will allow the spectators, children and young people with parents and grandparents, to interact during the show (with emoj, with predefined drawings, etc.). This phase will be followed by a team of people qualified in web development and app development. In this way the show will be able to use resources such as films, drawings, graphic elements or audio files that can then be reproduced and used by the actors and spectators. As the platform will be managed via multiple remote servers, shows can be run simultaneously with participants connected from any location. Parents will be able to set up their children’s accounts, book shows and monitor the progress of the shows via the website, while children will be able to access them via the tablet app.

    The online publishing platform

    Directors and actors will contribute to the creation of the palimpsest, i.e. the structured programming of events to take part in. This part consists of the:

    • virtual space with graphics, backgrounds and sounds, programming of visual and sound effects (we will animate the different virtual spaces)
    • broadcasting of the story on the day and at the times set by the schedule, execution of the storyboard and real-time management of interaction with the children.

    Who will do what?

    To carry out this phase, we will select a design team composed of a children’s theatre director, a child psychologist, a child illustrator, a web designer, a systems engineer and an organisational coordinator.

    With the development of these technologies, Teatro Onlife can go on stage.

    Realisation time

    90 days

    Planning start: 22 March 2021

    Experimentation in the summer period

    Platform launch in the 2021/2022 theatre season

    When will the public be able to use it?

    Teatro Onlife will become a permanent activity and structure that will complement more traditional theatre programming.

    Teatro Onlife performances will be available to the public from the 2021/2022 theatre season: we will coordinate in-person performances and Onlife events, which will be open to a wide, unrestricted audience.


    Teatro Onlife is a new and innovative way for children to experience theatre.

    It does not replace the in-presence experience. It complements it and will be an opportunity to look to the future!

    Books and Catalogs

    Thanks to this collaboration, several publications have been produced including: Bread and Puppet – The Cathedral of Cartapesta by Andrea Mancini (2002), and Pier Paolo Pasolini – Poet of Ashes by Roberto Chiesi, Andrea Mancini (2007).
    The first offers the public a series of first-hand photographic and non-fiction materials (some now unavailable) of Bread and Puppet; the second, created on the occasion of the exhibition organized in NY, contains Pasolini’s texts, interviews, poems, essays and other documents, plus a series of photos taken by Angelo Novi on the sets of his films.

    One of our strong points is also the organization of exhibitions and, consequently, of the catalogs that remain accessible to the public. Two volumes have been produced for the exhibition dedicated to Beni Montresor 1991-2001. One entitled From Color to light, by Gaetano Miglioranzi accompanied by hundreds of color and black and white images, by Montresor and the other Casa di fiori, casa di stelle, critical essay with a rich color iconographic apparatus, published in Italian and English.

    Finally, one of the most popular catalogs is: Munchhausen right to lie!
    There are seventy illustrations from the private collection of Lorenzo Bassotto and Barbara Rigon. A manifesto of the salutary lie and the lie told to surprise, which collects nonsense and oddities inspired by the adventures of the Baron of Münchhausen.


    Marcovaldo is our free periodical dedicated to schools and families. A house organ that describes the shows available for schools and those scheduled for families. It reports information on projects and events as well as on training activities such as courses and workshops available for teachers, educators, professionals, parents and interested parties in general.

    It is published in print and digital format twice a year.

    The first publication takes place approximately in the summer period and is dedicated exclusively to the teaching staff. In Marcovaldo Scuola we describe the activities related to the reviews for schools, the workshops to be programmed within the institutes. A focus is always dedicated to continuing education and updating for teachers.

    The second publication takes place at the end of the year, approximately in December, and is addressed to our entire audience. It describes the activities carried out by the national and international foundation, the future ones, the family theater reviews and the events scheduled during the winter period both in Verona, our headquarters, and in the different territories where we are working (from Rovigo to Mantua passing through Milan with some forays into Trentino).

    To receive Marcovaldo Scuola and Marcovaldo for free click here.

    DVD and CD

    One of the most important multimedia products created is the dvd dedicated to Gianni Rodari entitled Un sasso nella pond. History and stories of Gianni Rodari developed with Palco, Retropalco Rai 3 and Rai Trade in 2010 on the occasion of the writer’s multiple anniversary.

    As for the CDs, the production is very large and constantly expanding:

    • The Magico Zecchino d’Oro with the music of the homonymous musical produced for the sixty years of the Antoniano di Bologna.
    • Favole on the phone re-proposes the songs of the musical comedy whose music was composed by Maestro Valentino Corvino, at his first experience in the production of musical comedies for families.
    • Santa Claus and the Potion of 13 herbs, created with Ricola and the Department of Education of the Municipality of Verona.
    • And finally, even if it was actually one of the first, it is possible to appreciate the songs of Processo alle Verdure accompanied by the story by Paolo Poli. This project aimed at raising awareness of healthy and proper nutrition was promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Camst.


    In this new scenario we have invented a new way to speak to our audience.

    Podcasts: an increasingly popular and appreciated tool capable of touching the listener’s heart.

    The podcasts currently available are related to the initiatives to promote reading Meetings with the author and Sorsi d’utore 2020.

    Go to the author’s Sorsi podcasts

    Listen to podcasts on Spreaker

    Follow us on Spotify

    The role of Venetian Villas in the Great War

    The role of the Venetian Villas in the Great War is an initiative scheduled from the 11 April to the 23 May. In some of the Venetian villas you can learn about the role these gems played during the First World War. From administrative centres of agricultural production to summer residences of the Venetian nobility. Between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, many Venetian villas acquired new functions during the First World War, becoming headquarters for army corps, military hospitals and places of shelter.

    Four meetings are scheduled, respectively in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza) – Villa Cà Erizzo Luca, Fumane (Verona) – Villa della Torre, Santa Maria di Sala (Venice) – Villa Farsetti, and Sedico (Belluno) – Villa Patt. Guided tours and a moment of in-depth analysis with readings and music to remember those days and reflect on the testimonies we have nowadays are scheduled for each event (free admission, booking required).

    Partners and collaborators

    Il ruolo delle Ville Venete nella Grande Guerra (The role of Venetian Villas in the Great War), an initiative organised by Fondazione Aida on a project by Prof. Gianni Moriani, with the support of the Veneto Region, as part of the programme for the commemorations of the centenary of the Great War, and Pixartprinting.

    Culture Luggage

    In 2018 we participated in the European project Cultural Luggage funded by the Creative Europe programme.

    The initiative involved a group of refugees welcomed at the Il Samaritano centre and the Sprar in Verona. The objectives of this project are mainly two and they aim to:

    • to develop a sense of common belonging between the refugees and the local population, to reduce the sense of isolation that many of them have;
    • develop a greater knowledge and awareness of the culture of the host country;


    An analysis of recent events in which more and more people are migrating from their country of origin to Europe has revealed obstacles to integration between refugees and the local population. In many cases, however, cultural differences are only apparent.


    The first phase undertaken was to search for common elements between Italian fairy tales and the traditional fairy tales of the refugees’ countries of origin. To do this, our actors met, between February and March 2018, the refugees of the Sprar in Verona.

    In the second phase, workshops with actors and refugees were carried out in schools with children. The creation and participation in these workshops then led to the realisation of Griot-totela Cantastorie Dal Mondo, a show that we presented in a special event within the Sprar in Verona.


    Participated along with us: Topos Allou-Aeroplio theatre (coordinator), Action Synergy S.A. and Action-Aid from Greece and Sagohiset theatre from Sweden.

    Locally we collaborated with Massalongo kindergarten, Casa di Ramia, Cestim, Il Samaritano and Le Fate ONLUS.

    Reference website HERE

    Facebook page HERE

    Return to Australia with shows and workshops

    From the 22 August to the 26 September 2011, we returned with the Australian tour. The project was made possible thanks to meetings with the Italian-Australian associations over the past five years. In particular, there was a focus on the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In this regard, a reading was presented that aims to highlight the importance of the role and contribution made by Italian emigrant communities all over the world.

    The programme included about 40 performances and workshops held in the main Australian cities and areas: Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra, Lismore and Sydney.

    The shows offered are: Il Grande Viaggio, a Commedia dell’Arte show loosely based on Johan Padan a la descoverta de le Americhe by Dario Fo and Pinocchio – Viaggio Tragicomico per nasi. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, Casa di Fiori, Casa di Stelle based on the play by Beni Montresor,.

    Two workshops on Commedia dell’Arte and the use of masks completed the project, providing an important opportunity for discussion between the artistic cast and the audience. Were in fact discussed the peculiarities of this theatrical genre, spread over five centuries and based on improvisation.

    All the performances were staged thanks to a cast composed of Roberto Terribile, artistic director, actors Lorenzo Bassotto, Roberto Macchi and Marco Zoppello, and technician Claudio Modugno.

    Partners and collaborators

    The tour will be realised in collaboration with: Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies, Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities – Directorate General for Live Performing Arts, Italian Cultural Institutes of Melbourne and Sydney, Vice Consulate of Newcastle, Coasit of Melbourne, Lamama Theatre of Melbourne, New Italy Association of Lismore.

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