Entomological Museum of Butterflies in Schio (Vicenza)


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In the kingdom of butterflies

A NEW GREAT NATURAL MUSEUM INSIDE THE LARGEST INDUSTRIAL AREA OF THE HIGH VICENTINO

Dear Director, Dear Editors,

we are a young family all passionate about butterflies and that in many years we have collected more than ten thousand. In January 2005 we set up a non-profit association "nel Regno delle Farfalle" with headquarters in 36015 Schio (VI). For over ten years we have researched all the species of butterflies that populate the national territory, from the Alps to the Apennines, from glaciers to the sea and we have classified them by species, subspecies, sex and shape. We have built an Entomological Museum at our own expense which was inaugurated on April 1st 2006, witnessed by Dr. Federico Fazzuoli, historical Rai journalist.

In the Kingdom of the Butterflies you are transported on a fantastic journey through Italy following a route of five itinerant routes: temporal, environmental, geographical, scientific and ecological distributed in a covered exhibition space of 2000 square meters.

The protagonists are all the 250 species of diurnal butterflies of Italy still known today, inserted in the context of their natural environments in particular exhibitions enriched with giant posters and automatic lights that make the visit a "full-immersion" in the world of nature. Over 150 clear captions indicating, for example, Butterflies of flowery meadows or mountain meadows, Butterflies of alpine meadows or glaciers, enriched with historical, cultural and landscape references, stimulate a succession of emotions.

Butterflies of the night, Butterflies of the world, Insects Friends & Enemies of Butterflies and the contextual presence of my family with Roberta, the children Simone aged 19, Alice aged 16, Susanna aged 13 and the dog Lilla captured in moments of intimacy during the naturalistic excursions also touch the feelings making the visit to this museum unforgettable.

With this museum "in the kingdom of butterflies" Onlus, we now propose to the community to spread as much as possible on the life of butterflies, on their populations, on the laws that protect them and on everything that is indispensable to put in place for the protection of the environments. that still host them.

The museum we run in a familiar way can be visited every day from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 20.00 with our presence as a guide.

Sure to find also in you available interlocutors who help us to find the right visibility that this NEW CULTURAL REALITY, UNIQUE IN ITS KIND FOR CASE, is particularly suitable for both CHILDREN AND STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND ELDERLY, we remain available for what it may serve you. to chance.

Thanking you in advance, please accept our. more Yours sincerely

fam. Giancarlo Paglia

“In the Kingdom of Butterflies” Entomological Museum ONLUS
Via Lago di Alleghe, 33 Z.I.2 - 36015 Schio (Vicenza)
Tel. And Fax 0445 576457 Cell. 333.9998227 p.i. tax code 03210090241
[email protected]www.nelregnodellefarfalle.it

A local newspaper recently spoke about us: IL GIORNALE DI VICENZA

Monday 26 June 2006 specials Page 17

In Schio the butterfly museum. Ten thousand specimens exhibited in an educational path of 48 spaces by Marco Sessa

Schio. Impressive! It is the first adjective that comes to mind, after visiting the museum "In the kingdom of butterflies". A unique museum of its kind in Italy, set up in an industrial area thanks to the work of a single family, that of Giancarlo Paglia.

Paglia, a fifty-year-old artisan who has been passionate about butterflies and insects since childhood, did not neglect the passion of his life even after setting up a well-established electronic technology company. On the contrary, he used the ground floor of the firm, and a large part of its proceeds, to make a dream come true. The dream of his life: the butterfly museum.

“Infected” by his passion, first his wife Roberta, then his children Alice, Susanna and Simone, all the members of the family followed in the footsteps of the progenitor. With years and years of research, of studies, which still continue. Until the final staging of this huge work.

Impressive, it was said. In the best sense of the word, of course. The museum that Giancarlo Paglia and his family have set up (by themselves!) Is incredible. On an area of ​​over 2000 square meters, 48 ​​"stations" have been built, through an educational path of exceptional scientific rigor.

Yet. Two "boxes" with friends and enemies of butterflies, four with butterflies of the night, as many with significant examples of butterflies from different continents. There are over 10 thousand butterflies, with all 250 diurnal species of Italy and hundreds of subspecies.

All the "stations" have as a background a grandiose series of blow-ups with the natural environments in which the butterflies live and were collected (all by Giancarlo and his family). The display cases, also made by the Paglia family, are equipped with all the scientific explanations; which, however, are provided in "hands-free" to visitors by the owners of this incredible museum. Which, it should be remembered, is a "non-profit organization", a non-profit initiative.

If the scientific path of this unique museum is of such rigor as to leave even the most fussy of scholars speechless, the visit arouses above all unusual and unexpected emotions. A visit that remains etched first in the soul than in the eyes.

Through the thousands of butterflies (their vision alone leaves you amazed), you come into direct contact with nature, with the most evocative or inaccessible places of our Italy which presents glimpses of incredible beauty. Not only butterflies, therefore, but also their habitat; nature in the most concrete sense.

And everything, even the most strictly scientific details, is told with the simplicity of someone who has always lived in contact with nature, even when he has been able to penetrate the secrets of electronics. A nature to which you feel you belong, in symbiosis with all its components.

Because there is, yes, man, but he is not isolated. Indeed, one feels that he is increasingly in contact with the animal kingdom, with the vegetable kingdom, with the mineral kingdom. Because everyone is nature. And there is no lack of representations of the wounds that man can inflict on nature itself.

If one did not know Giancarlo Paglia, one would not be able to believe that the museum "Nel Regno delle farfalle" was built only by him, his wife and his children. Without the help of anyone. Carrying out this "path" we understand that the work for its realization was titanic; with years of work. But that would not have been enough, had it not been supported by an all-encompassing passion.

Writes Alice Paglia, 16, Liceo G. Zanella Schio (VI), class I ^ LICEO CLASSICO - daughter of Giancarlo

When we talk about butterflies we always talk about life. Observing even for a few seconds these minute colorful creatures, one realizes that after all life is fragile as dew and light as the wind: one is born, one grows up, one lives and one dies, trying to overcome, even better to avoid, every stumbling block. And after all, what does the butterfly do? The larva feeds, changes into a chrysalis, from which the butterfly then emerges, which intensely lives its short life until the day comes when it has to leave this world. But its story is not finished, on the contrary, it continues in an interminable cycle, because in nature nothing is created and nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed. So the butterfly is a metaphor for life.

We are a family from the North-East of Italy, all passionate about butterflies. The lightness and grace of the latter fascinated us so much that we decided together to build a museum that would not only contain our collection, but would also be an emblem of our family.

Our passion comes from afar, when dad Giancarlo was still a teenager. Then he spent his time observing nature, plants, flowers and insects. In particular, he kept every information dictated to him by his elementary school teacher, and tried to apply every concept and every theory so that he could understand not only the actions themselves, but also the causes and consequences.

Observing the flies dying of asphyxiation on the threshold of the windows and their natural maintenance, made him understand the techniques for the conservation of the various insect families that he perfected until applying them to the butterfly family. At the age of 18 he already possessed a valuable collection, which he exhibited for everyone to see by taking advantage of village festivals or any fair. Precisely on a similar occasion, he met mother Roberta who left five hundred lire as an offer to my father, impressed by her collection and her tenacious will. So it was then that my dad saw the butterfly of love. From that marriage my brother Simone was born, myself, Alice, and finally my sister Susanna. My dad's passion, almost as if it were a genetic fact, has been transmitted to every member of our family.

This is how I am now here to tell you about our Museum "in the Kingdom of Butterflies".

Inaugurated on 1st April 2006, Dr. Federico Fazzuoli, a historical Rai journalist, was the godfather of the year, our Museum “in the Kingdom of Butterflies” attracts many people even from afar. The collection is the result of constant research by all of us for many years. Paradoxically, the museum is located in the industrial area of ​​Schio in Vicenza, as if to make all people understand that sometimes appearances can deceive, that even in a wheat field we can find a red poppy. After the inauguration, several local TVs and various national newspapers were interested in us. This projected us directly to the top of the media, drawing the attention of TV RAI 2 with the live broadcast on Friday 2 June 2006, guests of the well-known "Piazza Grande" program conducted by Mr. Giancarlo Magalli, who invited everyone to visit this great and wonderful Museum. For our whole family it was an unforgettable occasion where we had the opportunity to let all Italians know about our unparalleled initiative.

A Rai 3 Regional Tg Veneto TV service at 14:00 on Saturday 10 June 2006 confirms the interest of the media for this unique cultural reality.

WHAT INDUCED US TO FOLLOW AND MAKE OUR DREAM REALITY

It is known that by now our planet is in grave danger: pollution is suffocating every living being in a tight grip, the greenhouse effect is taking the breath away from the earth, the ice is melting and consequently the sea level is rising, the endangered animal species are increasingly abundant. In short, planet earth has already begun a long path of deterioration, a path so slow that it does not appear to the human eye. We are in fact too busy at work, tied up in futile things and concentrated in our business, when outside our window there is someone who really needs human ingenuity: nature.

Many colonies of butterflies are definitively disappearing over time, not only for natural causes such as crustal displacements, catastrophes, temperature changes, plant extinctions or imbalances in the ecosystem, but also and above all for artificial causes due to human activity. Let us take as the most banal of examples the figure of the "man who mows, who weeds or who sets fire": one cannot even imagine how many butterflies are suppressed, even before they have flaunted their wings in the sunlight, eliminating those herbs that they hold thousands of eggs and caterpillars, from which a beautiful and colorful creature would one day be born. The main purpose of our Museum, therefore, is to expand our knowledge, so that everyone can at least partially begin to solve the problem of our land, starting precisely from the safeguarding of something as small and fragile as a butterfly.

By making our experiences available to each individual, we give anyone the opportunity to know more, and to those who are particularly passionate to compare their knowledge with ours, thus reaching the higher levels of science and culture.

“In the Kingdom of Butterflies” Entomological Museum ONLUS
Via Lago di Alleghe, 33 Z.I.2 - 36015 Schio (Vicenza)
Tel. 03210090241
[email protected] www.nelregnodellefarfalle.it

Open every day, from Monday to Sunday from 09.00-12.30 and 14.00-20.00

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