Visitors to the museum, of any age, are in command of their own development and their own way of learning.
Starting with this fundamental principle of Museum Education and from the consideration that the museum is an endless educational resource, the Educational Service is available both to schools (of all levels), designing and implementing educational activities, and to a wider audience of visitors, proposing activities related to cultural events.
Since 2000 the Educational Service organises and implements educational and thematic projects – which is the reason for much of the remarkable turnout of the public. Starting with the initial educational project dedicated to the story of Paolo and Francesca, others have been added over time to explore and develop knowledge of the many historical and artistic aspects that characterise Rocca di Gradara.
The service has grown over the years, both in the subjects covered and the facilities made available to the user. The topics covered have diversified and expanded over the years, and the staff has been trained thanks to participation in courses and conferences.
For each activity different work methodologies have been developed, to stimulate the interest of students in a new and different way for each topic addressed. Each session includes a preparatory lesson conducted, when appropriate, with the aid of audiovisual and multimedia tools, a guided visit of the main floor of the Rocca and an interactive activity in the lab or during the visit itself.
The scheduled programs are sent to the local schools at the beginning of each school year. Over time, a relationship of trust has been built with some of these schools, and they therefore return often to participate in the activities offered by the Educational Service. The Service is willing to meet special requirements of teachers, creating new programs or modifying existing ones.

Educational programs

The educational programs are free of charge and reserved exclusively for schools in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. The service is available from October to May, Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

In search of lost time

Acquire historical and cultural knowledge about the site. Stimulate the observation of decorative and architectural elements that characterise the Rocca, to learn about its history.

Elementary and middle schools

History

The students will be divided into small groups and will play the role of a historian. With the help of a pen and notebook, they will be guided in their research of the history of the Rocca and the lords that lived in it.

About 2 hours

The profession of arms

Acquire social and cultural knowledge about the medieval period. Stimulate interest and curiosity into uses, customs, habits, traditions and everyday life of past ages, and inspire a desire to learn more.

Middle school

Middle School

Interactive program designed as a competition. The students, divided into groups, must pass a series of tests focused on the world and society of chivalry. As the tests are passed, fragments of a phrase will be revealed, useful to recompose a knightly formula. Participants who, after having passed each test and recomposed the entire formula, can recite it to a personage linked to this playful fiction will receive a prize.

About 2 hours

Discovering details

Acquire historical and cultural knowledge about the site. Stimulate the observation of works preserved within the Rocca and the decorative and architectural elements that distinguish it.

Elementary and middle schools

History of Art

Visit to the Rocca, during which attention will be paid to architectural, structural and decorative elements, thanks to which students will learn about interesting facts linked to the life and transformation of Rocca di Gradara. This will be followed by completing an educational notebook containing information sheets on the subject.

About 2 hours

Princess Biancofiore and her court

Acquire social and cultural knowledge about the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Nursery school

History

Animated visit to the Rocca, during which students will learn about some aspects of medieval and Renaissance society and customs.

About 1 hour 30 minutes

A Gallehault… the castle of Gradara

Acquire historical and cultural knowledge about the site. Stimulate interest in the matter of Paolo and Francesca, and instil a desire to learn more about this and other events of the past.

Middle school

History

Interactive program in the form of a mystery, reconstructing the incident between Paolo and Francesca, based on the versions of Dante Alighieri (Inferno, Canto V), Giovanni Boccaccio (Commentary on the Divine Comedy) and Gabriele D’Annunzio (Francesca da Rimini).

About 1 hour 30 minutes

Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Acquire social and cultural knowledge about the medieval and Renaissance periods. Stimulate interest and curiosity into uses, customs and habits of past ages, and inspire a desire to learn more.

Middle school

History

Preparatory lesson on the condition of women in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Presentation of the figures of Francesca da Polenta, Lucrezia Borgia and Isotta degli Atti. This will be followed by completing an educational notebook containing information sheets on the subject.

About 2 hours

Thematic programs

Acquire social and cultural knowledge about the medieval period. Stimulate interest and curiosity into uses, customs, habits, traditions and everyday life of past ages, and inspire a desire to learn more.

Middle school

History of Art

Interactive program designed as a competition. The students, divided into groups, must pass a series of tests focused on the world and society of chivalry. As the tests are passed, fragments of a phrase will be revealed, useful to recompose a knightly formula. Participants who, after having passed each test and recomposed the entire formula, can recite it to a personage linked to this playful fiction will receive a prize.

About 2 hours