Salvatore La Delfa*, Pamela Costanzo*, Marzia Canonico*, Alessandra Corso*, Marika Lanzafame*, Monica Mangiafico*, Houda Nazih*
* Istituto Statale “Filippo Juvara”, viale S. Panagia 131, 96100 Siracusa (
In the last years researchers are devoted with an increasing interest to the safeguard of the monumental and architectural heritage. A remarkable scientific production has been published and, contemporarily, economic investments have been allocated in that field. Despite that, professionals of the enterprises, essentially having the technical surveyor high school qualification, are still unaware of the techniques and know ledges in the field of Cultural Heritage and, in some cases, they persevere to apply techniques and materials advised for modern home building to the monumental and architectural heritage. With the purpose to overcome these gaps and to train the future surveyor professionals, the project called “Laboratorio dei Beni Culturali” (financed by the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca -MIUR), was promoted and designed for the first time for the students of a technical high school. The goal of the project was to contribute to the formation in the field of the Cultural Heritage, by adding to the specific high school training course a new laboratory unit in order to improve the competencies in the field of the diagnostics of the cultural heritage. During the project, different laboratory experiences were accomplished on three types of stones and on some samples of plasters coming from historical buildings of Ortigia (Syracuse) in order to characterize and analyse them. Other measurements were addressed to the determination of environmental parameters, such as, for example, relative humidity and temperature. All the results obtained agree with the data reported in literature. All the experiences, mainly having educational character, were accomplished in the chemistry and materials laboratories of the Istituto Statale Istruzione Secondaria for surveyor “Filippo Juvara” of Syracuse by using the instrumentation there present.