Parco Archeologico Didattico del Livelet at work for inclusiveness

Tactile map of Livelet

Parco Archeologico Didattico del Livelet is an Italian open-air museum, opened in 2007 and dedicated to a period between the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age. The educational programme was developed for schools, families and tourists and is, in most parts, conducted by archaeologists and nature guides. Each activity, from guided tours to workshops, is structured to encourage exchange between the museum, the staff and the participants, to convey correct content in an engaging way. Thanks to the project, started at the end of 2021, these activities are becoming more inclusive and accessible.

The structure was opened in May 2007 and since 2009 it has been managed by the association UNPLI Treviso together with the Municipality of Revine Lago and the Consortium Pro Loco Quartier del Piave.

At Livelet, three full scale pile-dwellings have been reconstructed and are based mainly on archaeological records. The permanent collection is composed of reconstructed tools and objects in use between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age in Northern Italy. They're providing an interpretation of how people lived and acted in the past and how they interacted with the lake environment. Livelet, in fact, was designed to enhance the important prehistoric settlement of Colmaggiore di Tarzo, located nearby, in particular the information collected during the excavations of the 80's and 90's.

As a resolution of the Veneto region DGR 13/2021, UNPLI Treviso participated in the course of 2022, a founded project called "" (inclusive and tourists events). The partners were: UNPLI Treviso (lead partner), UNPLI Belluno, UNPLI Padova, UNPLI Venezia, UNPLI Verona, UNPLI Vicenza and UNPLI Rovigo. The objective was to raise awareness of the accessibility of events through several actions:

0. Mapping and reporting of local associations and municipalities in the Veneto region that hold events for which accessibility can be enhanced

1. Creation of a training and awareness course for the partners, e. g. Pro Loco and other associations

2. Creation of a best practice manual for the organisation of accessible events

3. Co-planning of some accessible events

For the development of the actions, "Village 4 all" was the perfect partner. It is a network that for more than 10 years has been committed to the mission of offering tourist experiences suitable for all needs. They are suitable for families with small children, for seniors and for those who have needs related to nutrition. They also know the needs of visually impaired and blind people, of thearing impaired and deaf tourists as well as those with motor disabilities for various reasons and those with disabilities related to the cognitive and behavioral sphere. Village 4 all promotes reliable information so that everyone can decide where to spend their free time, perhaps with their family, friends or to follow their passions.

At Livelet, their actions focused on some fundamental points, involving "La Girobussola", specialised on the creation of itineraries to get to know the world without the use of sight. They created a tactile map of the whole open-air museum, a tacticle map of the pile-dwelling village area and a tactile map of the 3 pile-dwellings with a QR Code and a Near Field Wireless Communication (NFC) linked to the Tactile Exploration Guide. These tactile maps were printed with Minolta microcapsule technology, in order to identify the main points of interest in the museum (entrance, position of the Village, walking routes, picnic areas, toilets etc.), to describe the layout of the pile-dwelling village and to give an idea of the interiors of each of the houses. The map dedicated to the entire museum has an A3 format and is printed in colour to allow easy use even for the visually impaired. The others are in A4 format and in black and white.

The Tactile Exploration guides, combined with each map, are descriptive texts of the relief design, which perform the function of an extended legenda, to attend the reader step by step in the interpretation of the map. The texts are inserted on a web page owned by Livelet which can be accessed via the link inserted in an NFC tag and a QR Code affixed to the back of every tactile maps. Each user has access to the text simply by a personal smartphone. "La Girobussola" also printed a guide of the open-air museum in Braille and in enlarged characters, using a text that traces the main topics addressed during the guided tour, in an inclusive way.

The products will be combined with a four hours face-to-face training. The educators and guides of Livelet will be informed about the cognitive and perceptive universe of the blind, with even some hints relating to accompaniment and about the relief material. The goal will also be to identify together the most interesting and significant objects of the collection in order to create an effective tactile itinerary.

During the winter closure period, some work will also be carried out to reduce or eliminate, where possible, some architectural barriers.

We look forward to seeing future developments and applications, strengthened by this new training experience, and to keep our EXARC colleagues updated.