Casa del Parco Villa Welsperg
At Villa Welsperg a thematic step-by-step journey into the Panaveggio Pale di San Martino Nature Park.
Sold in 1989 by Count Giorgio Thun Welsperg to the Autonomous Province of Trento, Villa Welsperg stands as gateway to Val Canali, the valley between Primiero and Tonadico. It hosts an up-to-date and complex visitors' centre established to focus on the mountain water environment. It is actually symbolised by a fresh water crayfish, a species that was quite common in the area till a few years ago and is now growing rarer and rarer. In addition to the great plastic model of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Park, the centre offers a video projection room, an historical room hosting an exhibition about Welsperg dynasty, a room featuring aquariums and nature collections, a classroom set up with workshop equipment and a library boasting a large number of publications and journals.
The complex includes the original villa, the small church and the hay-barn, surrounded by a wonderful garden. There are four exhibition halls featuring an imaginary step-by-step tour through the park. In the first hall, the star-studded sky hints at cosmos' endlessness; visitors can zoom on closer stars, on our galaxy, on our planet, continent, nation, region, mountain, Park and then on leaves, mushrooms, insects and so on. The second hall houses the large plastic model of the park, whereas the third focuses on the water theme. The fourth and last hall is dedicated to a more recent age regarding Val Canali: the years when the Welsperg family, Counts of Monguelfo, used to live there.