Antique books, drawings and maps restoration course in Florence

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Our workshop offers 2 or more weeks restoration courses. You can book a 48, 72 or 96 hour course and distribute your hours along the number of weeks of your choice. The programme includes a brief history of paper, techniques of restoration and conservation, presentation of a project file, individual compilation of a project file, practise doing a restoration project (cleaning, cuts, tears, patches, and techniques of sewing), methods of conservation and creating of a cover for books, presentation and creation of samples. Courses are one to one and held in Italian; since lessons are individual, the programme can be adapted to your own needs; you can also apply for an interpretation service.

This course is individual and is taught in Italian. Since lessons are individual, the programme can be adapted to your own needs; you can also apply for an interpretation service. These courses are very practical and hands-on and are conducted by local artisans, masters concerned with maintaining Italian artisan traditions alive.

We provide our customers with different accommodation options (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school.

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Our artisan workshop “bottega” in Florence is characterized by is the care and attention with which staff members treat each and every course participant, coping with their needs and trying to satisfy their expectations. The atmosphere is cheerful and informal. The workshop is located in the historic centre of Florence.

Starting dates 2020
January7, 20May 11, 25September14, 28
February3, 17June8, 22October12, 26
March2, 16, 30July6, 20November9, 23
April14, 27August3, 17, 31December7
The school will be closed on the following national holidays: Epiphany (06/01), Easter Monday, Italy Liberation Day (25/04), Workers' Day (01/05), Republic Day (02/06), Ferragosto (15/08), All Saints (01/11), Immaculate Conception (8/12), Christmas holidays and New Year.

Our School

Location type:

Florence city centre.

Course materials:

Not included in course fees. The cost of these materials will depend on the type of course and project chosen by the student.

Length of lessons:

60 minutes.

Accommodation in Florence

Our school of book restoration offers course participants different accommodation options for the whole duration of your course in Italy with Studiainitalia. We have a selection of single rooms in shared flats, double rooms for couples and people travelling together, family stays (with half- and full-board options) and private studios. Contact us for further details

Your accommodation in Italy

In Studiainitalia, we know well that in order to have a successful course in Italy, you need an accommodation that suits your budget and style. This is why we provide our course participants with a wide range of options for accommodation in Italy, so that you can feel at home in Italy.

Your accommodation in Italy is also a perfect opportunity to meet other students, flatmates or local people, and thus practice your Italian and learn more about local culture and customs.

We can provide you with accommodation near your school for the whole duration of your course in Italy. We offer the following types of accommodation in Italy:

  • Single rooms, with kitchen use, in shared flats (generally 2-3 persons);
  • Double rooms, with kitchen use, for couples and people travelling together;
  • Single rooms in host families, with meals;
  • Private studios.

Accommodation is available from Sunday to Sunday.

Costs of water, gas and electricity are included. Towels and sheets are provided.

Flats are shared with Italians, generally between 2 or 3 persons.

Accommodations are assigned only 20 days before your arrival in Italy.

Sometimes it is possible to request a private bathroom (supplement required).

Please contact us for further details on our accommodation options for courses in Italy.

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We guarantee high quality schools without any extras: you will not have to pay more than if you book directly with the school.

These are the fees for our antique books, drawings and maps restoration course in Florence (course only):

  • 48 lessons (course only): 1550€
  • 72 lessons (course only): 2300€
  • 96 lessons (course only): 3050€
  • More than 96 lessons are also avaliable.

With Studiainitalia, you can also reserve your accommodation for the whole duration of your course in Florence. The following fees are for accommodation in Florence, single room in shared flat, with kitchen use:

  • 1 week (single room in shared flat): 170€
  • 2 weeks (single room in shared flat): 280€
  • 3 weeks (single room in shared flat): 400€
  • 4 weeks (single room in shared flat): 500€

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

2 reviews for Antique books, drawings and maps restoration course in Florence

  1. Alice

    I did two courses in Florence and the whole process with studia in Italia was very smooth. Federica was very helpfull and available.

    Being in Simonetta’s studio was a dream come true. I had some little previous experience but her expertise got things in another perspective. Her level of Quality is remarkable and we approached subjects related to Paper crafts that I didn’t even know existed. I am Looking foward to putting everything I Learned into test and I would definetly like to come Back as soon as possible. She is super sweet and made me feel very welcome.

  2. Kerry

    Both courses were really good but I especially loved the restoration course with the one on one teaching/learning with an expert restorer. We used the two weeks to restore a book from 1888 and Simonetta, the teacher, was very generous in her guidance, the documentation she provided, and in showing me and letting me try different techniques along side her as we restored the book. I enjoyed the Italian language course also but found the semi intensive may have been better if I had done it as an intensive course but there really wasn’t the time. I have no regrets though as I enjoyed Cristina the teacher and the class but didnt find my Italian improved that much. Probably too much of an overload and not a huge amount of time for study after the lesson because the restoration course was very intensive.

    The accommodation was just a few minutes away from the language school. The Santo Spirito area is charming and a great base for Florence. A bit noisy though with roadworks going on from early morning and quite a bit of noise at night but ear plugs did the trick (at night) but this is how the reality is it is in this area. I had some very interesting conversations with my hosts Giusi and Stefano and gained some insight into what it is like for the locals to live in Florence and within the broader context of Italian politics and culture, as musicians and writers. You could never grasp this from an experience in a hotel.

    I am already thinking that Id like to do some further restoration either on frescoes or more on paper. But Im not even home yet!


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