Volterra (Italy)

  • The focus of the activity will be the knowledge of a cultural heritage that still characterizes the city's appearance: Its stone wall, its remains, on which the 7 gates open are still almost intact. A heritage that time has preserved so that the city can tell its story to all those who cross its gates.

    The meeting will begin with a long walk to discover a good part of the city walls, passing through its gates. It will be a first approach to collect sensations, photos, details of walls, gates and views of the surrounding area.

    Lessons and workshops will follow:
    -In the classroom, a teacher of History and an archaeologist of the local Superintendency, document the origins and functions of the city walls, their
    changes caused by the invasions and time
    -"Impressionists in the open air": Divided into groups, the students will go back along the walls to make a video footage or to reproduce on paper/canvas details of walls and gates.
    -Workshops in which students assemble videos, build up a photo gallery and an exhibition of their drawings
    -Teachers of history, design/construction, Geopedology, geology illustrate the construction techniques, the constructive materials used, show and explain the causes of the damage to the walls in time, from sieges and inclemency of the weather.
    Reconstruction of the walls.
    -Workshop: Through applications of augmented reality and using the historical materials available (iconographic sources, paintings, drawings, engravings and prints, archive photos ..) students reconstruct sections of walls and details of gates as they appeared in the past.

    Presentation of all final products is going to be made at the end of the meeting: video of the activities carried out during the meeting; Photo Gallery, display of drawings, video of reconstructions realized by means of augmented reality apps.

    Objectives: Reconstruction of the history of the city and its inhabitants; history of Material Culture: building materials used and construction techniquesMethodologies: traditional classes, lab activities, ICT Laboratories, peer learning and learning by doingParticipants: Students, parents, teachers of history, language, ICT, design/construction, Geopedology, geology, archaeologists, geologists.The partner countries will present their work regarding Cultural Heritage Sites-walls and bridges.


    They will have discussions about the places. The technical expertise of the Italian partner is shown on a workshop for both teachers and students to familiarize with the technical language and the new technology of construction. The Italian students speci​​​​​​​alizing in Construction will help in acquiring technical language.

    The meeting and its results will be disseminated after all the partners​​​​​​​ return home.
    The dates, being discussed previously, the participating scho​​​​​​​ols (mainly the teachers) can have the headmaster's permission to take part in the ​​​​​​​meetings, their school work is going to be ​​​​​​​substi​​​​​​​tuted.