The St. Andrea Neolithic Village and tre Archaeological Museum in Travo (Piacenza)
The Archaeological Park spreads over one hectare and is mainly devoted to
show and preserve the pre-historical structures dug up during the excavation
campaigns carried out since the year 1995.
The St. Andrea Neolithic Village presents a dense network of well-preserved dwellings and workshops, of which several can be visited.
In this area the archaeologists reinforced with special resins the
remains of the perimetric, rectangular ditches of two out six huts
identified in recent years.
Shelters were built to protect such finds. The shelters are wooden, double-sloped and covered with thatch: they reproduce the same size, volumes and materials of the ancient huts.
In the post holes, dug up during the excavations, the archaeologists placed small poles so that the public can figure out the original shape of the palisades and fences in different places across the village.
Near the southern boundary of the Park, one can see the ancient pebble fence, which is now protected under a crystal and wood roof.
The visit itinerary is provided with panels explaining the history of the site, the dwellings and workshops, our knowledge of the Neolithic, both in Italy and abroad.
Since 2010 one can also see a real size reconstruction of some Neolithic buildings, made of materials and furnished with objects that are copies of the ones actually found in this place.
Inside the Park, special events are organized, a remake of the archaic pottery manufacturing and firing techniques, the chipping of flint stone, weaving and cooking.
It is also possible to experiment with the methods of research and archaeological excavation in a special simulation space, where some structures of the ancient site of St. Andrea (post holes, wells, kilns) were re-created.
In the small reception hall one can find the ticket office, the bookshop, and the rest rooms.
Near the Park entrance, a free parking lot is available. In the Park, there are rest rooms fit for the disable on a wheel chair, paths in compressed gravel with no step, explanatory panels, "touch-it way" for the blind, specialized staff who can lead you through the visit, special activities (upon reservation).
The educational programmes consist of the visit to the Park and/or Museum and briefings presented in the Museum lecturing hall or directly in the Park.
Our offer is flexible and fit for all types of schools in as far as contents and workshop activities are concerned. Upon request, we can lecture directly in the schools, besides courses on different topics. As to Prehistory, we cover topics such as:
· Human evolution
· Prehistoric society
· Scientific methods for the study of Prehistory.
As far as the Roman period is concerned, the topics we can cover are:
· Scientific methods for the study of the Roman world.
We provide recreational programmes for summer camps, organisations and institutions.
Please get in touch with our contact persons to organise the programmes which best fit the needs of your institution. We shall be pleased to send you our offer by e-mail
School visits and learning activities
Eventi a tema
Eventi per bambini
The big house, made with wood and chest
The Travo Archaeo-museum
The Museum, opened in 1997 and located the marvellous Travo Castle, originated from the determination to illustrate the history of ancient settlement in our region.
The surveys carried out in the Middle Trebbia Valley by the Cultural Research Group “La Minerva” of Travo over the past 15-20 years led to the identification of 175 archaeological sites, of which 64 are pre-historic or proto-historic, 90 Roman and 21 Middle Ages or modern.
The notable number of finds witnesses to a dense settlement of this area. In some Neolithic and Bronze Age sites Archaelogical Authority of Emilia-Romagna, together with the “La Minerva” Group carried out archaeological excavations, which translated into new, significant knowledge of the past.
The materials resulting from such research are now shown in the rooms of our Museum, presenting items that span from the Palaeolithic to the Roman Age.
Travo Archaeological Museum Travo
Neolithic Hall (left) and Roman Hall (right) with devoted stele to Minerva