“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

Maria Montessori

The Montessori Classroom

The Maria Montessori Experimental Classroom
The Maria Montessori Experimental Classoom, engineered to allow for the unobtrusive observation of children at work, was designed by the Doctor of Chiaravalle herself and built in 1950 under her supervision. It is a tangible testament to her cultural, pedagogical and medical research, and it is unique in the world. The Switzerland-based eLand Foundation, through the endeavors of its founder and president Matteo Ferroni, has undertaken the philological reconstruction and the architectural restoration of the Classroom through interventions on the existing spaces, with an aim toward the respectful incorporation of new ones. The ultimate goal of these collaborative efforts between the eLand Foundation and the Distretto Montessori Perugia is that of hosting under the school’s roof a permanent museum space which will feature the historical archives of the association, its collection of historical memorabilia, and all of the documentation that the District is endeavoring to recover, through its research across both the public and private spheres.

Before finalizing the design of the Maria Montessori Experimental Classroom, Dr. Montessori experimented with two separate observational classroom prototypes:


  • 1915 World Fair in San Francisco – the construction of the Glass Classroom
  • 949 Congresso di San Remo – the realization of a prototypical observational class underneath a balcony

Perugia Montessori District



An urban and cultural concept aimed at strengthening and promoting awareness of the Montessori identity of the city of Perugia

The Maria Montessori Experimental Classroom


The classroom conceived and designed by the Dottoressa of Chiaravalle herself for the observation of children at work

70th Anniversary Celebrations



Sixteen months of celebrations and events: The city of Perugia will be home to 16 months of cultural and scientific events which will distinguish Perugia as a place of particular significance within the span of Montessori history