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Franco Marzatico, fascinated by research

I already knew I wanted to become an archaeologist when I was still at school and they asked me “what you want to do when you grow up?”. 

The past and ancient civilisations have always fascinated me, partly because of the many objects my father would bring back from his travels. I was 14 when I had my first archaeology Field trip, in Fiavé. I travelled where on my moped from my home in Trento and began a journey which has continued for the whole of my life.

My passion for the work grew during my time in Fiavé and indeed I met my wife on a dig there, among the enchanting forest of stilts protruding from the mud, as well as my future brother-in-law Renato Perini, the site director at Fiavé where the best known collection of pile dwellings in Italy was uncovered.

For me, the archaeological site in Fiavé is a magical place of mist, water lilies, the warm wind from Lake Garda and the moisture of the peat bog. I’ve always had an emotional attachment to the place.

What can you do with me?

Did you know that you from above the archaeological site of Fiavé looks like a miniature Lake Garda?
Just one of the many fascinating things to learn about this special site, a training ground for generations of future researchers.
Fiavé is home to Europe’s most important collection of wooden objects and the dense grid of stilts which are still standing are evidence of a remarkable settlement. Lastly, when you visit the new archaeological park, you get a truly immersive experience, allowing you to get up close to the stakes protruding from the ground and feel like a proper archaeologist.

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