Airplanes, helicopters and … buildings that witnessed the history of flight and the dreams of men … this is Volandia.
The biggest Italian Park and Museum dedicated to the dream of flight is located inside the restored workshops that hosted the Officine Aeronautiche Caproni, founded in 191O: a fascinating journey in the history of flight, from the pioneers to the conquest of space. We will tell you the stories of the companies (Caproni, Agusta, Aermacchi, Siai Marchetti) and of the personalities that have made the history of the province of Varese (the “winged province”) and of the national and international aerospace industry.
The exhibition is organized in themed areas that can be explored freely, in the order preferred by each visitor: Aeronautics, Transport, Space and Automotive Design. Nonetheless we suggest, once you have visited the modeling section and the Forms of Flight, to proceed in the Officine Caproni area visit the aerostatic section and then the large Fixed Wing pavilion. As soon as you leave, look left and you will see our “big planes” with Malpensa airport in the background, then go on to and have a look at the helicopters in the Rotary Wing pavilion. At this point you will be near our restaurant, the children’s area and the flight simulators, all ideal places for a little break before carrying on through the drone area to discover the future of the flight. You have reached the end of the Aeronautics section, you can freely visit the Ogliari Transport Museum, an outdoor area with trains, trams and many other ground vehicles used for public transport, and then go back the northern part of the museum to discover the history of the conquest of space, not forgetting to visit the planetarium, and the temporary exhibitions dedicated to Flaminio Bertoni (design) and the Carrozzeria Bertone (cars).
While walking remember to look carefully at the buildings that now host the museum and that many years ago witnessed the birth of the Italian aeronautic industry.
Welcome to Volandia, we wish you much fun!
MODEL-MAKING and FORMS OF FLIGHT – The “The ideal city” model railway, the Piazzai Collection, an exhibition of static and dynamic models and an overview of the various means used by man to defy gravity and fly in the sky.
CAPRONI WORKSHOPS – The original and unique Caproni Ca.1, the first aircraft built in 1910 right here in Malpensa, together with planes, images and objects that testify the history of Officine Caproni.
BALLOONS and FIXED WING – From the eighteenth century hot air balloons to modern jets, you will see Italian seaplanes, the legendary DC3 Dakota, the World War II Macchi fighters and the history of Aermacchi and its airplanes.
BIG PLANES – The DC9 that transported the President Pertini and the Saint Pope John Paul II, the first MD-82 of Meridiana Fly, a Fokker 27 cargo and other large planes can be visited in this outdoor area.
ROTARY WING – The helicopter in civil and military operations: from the small autogyro, to the great and modern vehicles used by the Army and Navy: the CH-47C “Chinook” and the SH 3D “Sea King”.
BABY VOLANDIA – Indoor and outdoor play areas for children of all ages: inflatables, seesaws, playgrounds, areas for drawing and educational activities. Anti-slip socks are recommended.
VOLANDIA FLIGHT RESTAURANT – A comfortable space where you can have lunch, have a snack or an ice-cream right next to the Baby Volandia area, ideal for a relaxing break while the children play.
FLIGHT SIMULATORS – Game stations for simulated flight, perfect for learning the basics of piloting or to experience what piloting a plane of the Frecce Tricolori or an AW139 helicopter is like. Recommended age 12+ years.
OGLIARI TRANSPORT MUSEUM – Collection of locomotives, railway carriages, trams, buses and other vehicles used for ground transport that belonged to Prof. Francesco Ogliari, immersed in the woods of the Ticino Park.
HISTORICAL WALK – An outdoor itinerary to discover the historical relics preserved in the museum’s buildings, from Gen. Cadorna’s dispatches to the maps of the bombardments made by Caproni airplanes in the First World War.
SPACE PAVILION – In the building that houses the Planetarium you will find many awesome items: the faithful real-size mock-up of the Command Module “CASPER” of Apollo XVI, a copy of the Sputnik satellite, the reconstruction and the diorama of the Apollo XI moon landing.
THE FUTURE OF FLIGHT – The drones, the AW609 tilt-rotor, which combines the agility of the helicopter with the speed of the airplane and the Skyspark, an electric airplane designed by the astronaut Maurizio Cheli.
FLAMINIO BERTONI MUSEUM – An exhibition entirely dedicated to the artist and automotive designer that sculpted the world-renowned Citroën DS; his sketches, sculptures and studies are on display together with his cars.
ASI BERTONE COLLECTION – More than 70 cars created by the famous Carrozzeria Bertone among which the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, the Lancia Stratos, the FIAT X19 and the Alfa Romeo and Jaguar prototypes deserve a particular mention.
VOLANDIA STORE – Books, models, watches, clothing and toys. Free access, no ticket required.
SUMMER TIME (March – October)
From Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 1900
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 19.30
Closed on Monday
WINTER TIME ( November – February)
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.00 – 19.30
Closed from Monday to Friday
FLIGHT SIMULATORS: RECOMMENDED AGE 12+
GAME AREAS ARE UNATTENDED: CHILDREN MUST BE SUPOERVISED BY THEIR PARENTS
INFO POINT of the Ticino Park | www.parcoticino.it
AREA EX OFFICINE AERONAUTICHE CAPRONI
Via per Tornavento n. 15 | Case Nuove | 21019 Somma Lombardo (VA)
HOW TO GET HERE:
SS336 motorway to Malpensa, take Somma Lombardo – Volandia exit, follow road signs to Volandia.
Malpensa Express to Malpensa Terminal 1. Take the pedestrian walkway from the T1 departures/check-in floor and reach the museum entrance.