Children, if you come to Peccioli,don’t forget to visit it..! You will enjoy it !
The Prehistoric is a leisure park with more than twenty with life-size reconstructions of dinosaurs and it’s waiting for you to offer a pleasant walk and a fascinating journey back in time!
This is an opportunity for families, to spend a light-hearted day between nature and prehistory, and for schools to combine education, interest and enjoyment.
But how did the idea to build this Park?
The idea came to a circus performer, Erardo Ghironi, no longer young, who decided to retire from life on tour. The site chosen for “stop”, was right the villa of Peccioli where, with the advice of some relatives, he bought two acres of vineyard and built a house for himself and his two sons.
With the desire to seek or why not “invent” a job that would pay back the activities of the traveling show, exhausting but rewarding, Erardo and his sons realized that their land that was full of fossil shells, strange footprints, fossilized remains: concrete signs of the evolution of nature from prehistory to the present that right there, even on their own vineyard, had left its mark so obvious.
From that discovery came the idea to show these little treasures of the past, and to enrich with an itinerary of reconstruction that was both scientifically relevant and effective for the teaching, characterized by evocative, spectacular style because these is the distinctive feature of the circus.
Erardo, Guido and Gian Paolo Ghironi, decided to capitalize on this insight and in a few months they had already built the first five prehistoric animals.
It was 1977: the Prehistoric Park was born in Peccioli, thirteen years before the book Jurassic Park by Crichton and sixteen years before homonymous film by Spielberg.
Over the years, the two brothers have refined their technique to the construction of models and today the park has more than twenty replicas including a nice volcano that erupts colored balls and full-scale reproduction of Jurassic Brachiosaurus, at the moment, the greatest dinosaur rebuilt in Europe.
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