Activities for Families

Choose your route

Browse our rich offer of activities conceived for families: you will find many ideas for a special visit. Our activities must be booked well in advance and your group must be at least 20 people. If your group is smaller, however, let us know you want to come, and we will try to fit you into another small group to reach the minimum number of participants.

Would you like to know more? Write to us or call us!

Tel: +39 (0)344 40405

Resources available

Here are some tools you can use to discover the secrets of the garden and the museum with your students:

Villa Carlotta Explorers

A museum exploration route for ages 6–12 , which you can download for free here, or purchase the printed paper version for €2 at the ticket office.

Download a pdf (in Italian)

quiz game

A self-guided route, a series of quizzes that will help you discover the secrets of the museum. For children aged 6–12.

Download a pdf (in Italian)


"Visitors in Practice" is an experimental exploration path created in conjunction with Milan Bicocca University’s Department of Human Sciences for Education as part of a “Cultural Landscapes” project.

Here is a link to the project page

A downloadable pdf (in Italian) with the KIT materials

Write to us to book it and for information on its use

Themed itineraries for groups

Discover villa carlotta: let's explore the museum and gardens!

This activity enables you to follow two itineraries illustrating both the artistic and botanical heritage of Villa Carlotta. An expert botanist will reveal some interesting facts regarding the hundreds of plant species growing in the gardens, while an art historian will introduce you to the secrets behind numerous artworks kept in the museum. The aim is to give you an overall view of all the interesting things this extraordinary place can offer visitors.

Discover villa carlotta: let's explore the gardens!

An expert botanist will accompany you along a step by step itinerary inside the extensive gardens of Villa Carlotta, encouraging you to reflect on the characteristics of its protagonists, that is to say, the trees, bushes and plants of all forms and colours, and on the important relationship between man and nature.

You will see how the expert intervention of skilled gardeners and landscape designers has artfully combined the requirements of plants coming from the most diversified areas of the world with the features of the garden, to give shape to an authentic open-air museum.

Discover villa carlotta: let's explore the museum!

One dwelling and three owners. A private home which, in the course of two centuries, has been turned into a veritable museum. Strategy, advertising and acumen: these are the elements which have made Villa Carlotta one of the most sought-after tourist spots ever since the 1800s. With an expert art historian, you will get the chance to learn the history of its owners, while observing the physical signs of their presence: the richly adorned rooms, the precious artworks, the lavish 19th century furniture, the Venetian terrazzo floors... who commissioned them? And why? An experience that takes you through the collections of the Villa to discover the secrets and interesting facts behind them.

Trees or monuments?

Come to discover the magnificient and silent presences that delight the walk of visitors with their silhouettes, different tone of green leaves (and not only green!), foliages with assorted forms, branches’ bearing and barks of incredible textures and colours. This journey in the botanical garden will allow us to discover secrets and curiosity.

One garden, a thousand plants, many applications

An itinerary to discover the counteless applications of plants. During a workshop of herbal medicine, it will be possible to create simple preparations (toothpaste or body cream) that highlight the deep relationship between humans and plant kingdom.

Landscaping and architecture in the garden

How to design a garden? Through the survey of the architectural values and the most significant botanical elements at Villa Carlotta, we will collect clues for understanding how to design a garden or a building. During the workshop, different knowledge will be connected: natural philosophy, art history, physics, architecture, geography and biology.

A rainbow in the garden

Countless colours of flowers, different shades of green and garish berries: what is the meaning of colours in vegetable kingdom?

After the visit of the garden, we will explore the numerous tones of colours by pigment extraction from plants for creating delicate watercolours.

camouflage: when nature inspires human intelligence

What is the relationship between Arctium lappa grass and Velcro? What is the connection between a lime tree fruit and a helicopter? Throughout history, man has sharpened his wits to find solutions to problems by drawing inspiration from nature. This workshop will be an opportunity to develop an ability for critical thinking and to stimulate problem-solving skills.

Artists' techniques and secrets

Stucco decorations, plaster casts, mosaics and Venetian terrazzo, marble statues, oil paintings, frescoes, marquetry tables and tapestries. For centuries, Villa Carlotta has safeguarded all sorts of artefacts. But how is a tapestry actually made? And what about a piece of marquetry? This experience will help us to learn and familiarize with the techniques used by artists to create the masterpieces we can see all around us. The visit will be followed by a workshop during which we shall get to prepare tempera colours using natural pigments and fixatives, just as the great masters used to do before the advent of industrial paints.

Inclusion is our aim

All our activities can be adapted and customized to meet special needs. Let us know your needs in advance and we will schedule a telephone interview with the educator accompanying your class: together we can organize the day at Villa Carlotta so that it is truly special for everyone.

And if you want to prepare in advance ... download two handouts designed for visitors on the autism spectrum or with mental impairments. The handouts are useful for preparing your day at Villa Carlotta with your students,

If you have special requests write to us!


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