Volandia – Park and Museum of Flight
Take a look around you - the walls are steeped in history, dreams and the future. You are at Volandia, where a wonderful exhibition itinerary takes you deep into the history of international aeronautics, with focus on the companies that have written the story of the province of Varese, the province with wings, and all of Lombardy and Italian industry.
The exhibition is divided into five areas: forms of flight, fixed wing, rotary wing, model aircraft and the convertiplane. It tells the great history of flight in all its forms, from pioneer flights in hot-air balloons to the first aircraft in the early 1900s right through to the convertiplane, the perfect fusion of vertical and horizontal flight.
The Park and Museum of Flight has plenty of indoor and outdoor areas for children, with space dedicated to the different age brackets. For older visitors there is the simulation area, library, historical archives (consultable online), convention room and film showings.
The Volandia Store stocks a wealth of park and museum gifts and mascots and many other wonderful articles.
As you walk around the park and museum you can listen to exciting adventures involving the aircraft on show told by volunteers of the “Friends of Volandia” association, whose members include fanatics and former workers at the aircraft companies. If you would like to join the association, just ask.. Members are easy to recognise in their red uniform.
The Flight Café is the perfect place to take a break and have something to eat and drink.
Volandia makes flight dreams and fun happen.

The pavilions:

  • The dream of flight
Exposure chronological and thematic the early propeller aircraft right up to modern aircraft with jet engine. From the simulated flight in a balloon, to large companies with the Bleriot XI and the Gabardini Seaplane. New picturesque setting and the Douglas DC-3 Dakota, the most popular airplane in the world for passenger transport.
  • Space Pavilion
The universe at Volandia: walk through planets and satellites, watch the International Space Station (ISS) in the 3D room, explore the sky with the planetarium and relive all the missions of the greatest astronauts. The Space pavilion is made in collaboration with Italian Space Agency, European Space Agency and Finmeccanica.
  • Forms of Flight
General presentation of the different forms of flight (gliding, fixed wing, rotary wing) illustrated by aircraft of excellence produced by the Lomabardy aeronautical industry.
  • The First Flight at Malpensa
Staging of the first flight over the moors of Malpensa by the Caproni Ca.1 biplane in 1910.
  • Caproni workshop
Reconstruction of the workshop where Caproni aircraft were built. This company was the first Italian aeronautical company in the early 1900s.
  • Fixed wing
Chronological themed display of the first propeller-powered planes through to modern aircraft with reaction motors.
  • Rotary wing
Helicopters in civilian and military use, from the smallest Autogyros to the enormous army and navy helicopters.
  • Outdoor play area
Flight-themed play area for small children.
  • Indoor play area
Play area with things to do for the different age brackets. There is also a separate zone for parties.
  • Simulator area | Library | Convention room
Area for real flight simulation, library, historic al archives, convention room and film showings.
  • Piazzai area
Exhibition of the Piazzai Collection, comprising over 1200 models that illustrate the history of world aviation, from the pioneers to space conquest.
  • The future of Flight
Dedicated to the story of AgustaWestland and the Tiltrotor (AW 609), an innovative aircraft that represents the evolution of flight, combining the flexibility of a helicopter with the performance of a plane.


And moreover:

The flight gift shop for the park and museum. It sells merchandising, gadgets and curious items linked to the world of aeronautics, from clothing for adults to soft toys and articles for children and plenty more...
Modern surroundings for lunch or snack and somewhere to take a break during your visit to the park and museum. The Flight Café gives access to the reception or the Forms of Flight pavilion.

For a tasty snack, ice cream, lunch at the museum or your birthday party. Large outdoor areas and a large and cozy dining room overlooking an outdoor play area adjacent areas covered BABY VOLANDIA...


“Volandia is managed by the Italian Air Force Museum Foundation whose aim was to organise a park and museum dedicated to aviation on the historical industrial site of the “Caproni Workshop”, one of the best-known aircraft constructors.
Over the years large aircraft constructors, like Caproni, Agusta, Aermacchi and Siai Marchetti have brought fame to our territory and created a real flight district, which Malpensa airport is part of. Volandia is the result of the hard work and effort of thousands of volunteers and employers and is proof of a passion deep-rooted in tradition and projected towards the future”.
Marco Reguzzoni
President of Volandia

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