Museo - Laboratorio dell'Appennino Umbro

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Tourist information and welcome office
Via Cassian Bon, 4 - 05100 Terni
The museum is located in the center of Polino, inside the fortress.
The small village, located in southern Umbria, stands proudly between the Petano mountain and the Pelosa mountain on the border with the province of Rieti. The Polino fortress was founded in the twelfth century by Polini family. From The original double-wall defensive system remains only the structure with a polygonal plant enriched by two groups of diametrically opposed cylindrical towers. The workshop -museum offers an opportunity to learn, through models and other interactive multimedia systems, the evolutionary history of the Umbria. It’s recommended  to extend the visit to the small medieval village and the surrounding area: leaving the town, you can admire a vast panorama that stretches to the southeast towards Greccio, Lake Piediluco, Rieti and Leonessa, in the north-east to Monteleone Spoleto, in the  north to the Salto del Ciedo with the magnificent mountain and Mount Aspra Coscerno with the possibility to dominate the view of almost all the Nera Valley. The visit to the workshop museum of Polino is a journey of discovery in the "under" (geology) and "above" (vegetation, fauna and landscape) of the Umbria. This trip is also reflected in the physical structure of the museum . Infact its two levels house issues related to geology / paleontology and natural sciences. A series of correlated themes with them, although  with their own autonomy, can be found on the first floor of the Castelli Palace, where together with  the reception and the bookshop, there are a large aerial photo of the area and a plastic contour lines that allow the visitor to orient and familiarize himself  with the structure of this real science park. In the palace it is also hosted an educational workshop for the study and classification of ammonites. Not far from the village of Polino a small stone quarry extends the museum experience with a practical activity. The museum has been recently expanded and an info point ( called La finestra sul Nera -The window on Nera) has been opened. With the help of dedicated staff, visitors can learn to look for and to extract from the rock ammonite fossils that can be separated from the rock matrix using tools similar to those used by paleontologists.