Bookbinding course in Florence

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Our workshop  offers 1, 2 or more weeks bookbinding courses. You can book a 24,  48, 72 or 96 hour course and distribute your hours along the number of weeks of your choice. The program includes technique for making book and binder covers for albums and diaries etc, creating objects using different techniques, colour shaded paper, fabric/leather, sand and different materials, closure techniques, creating decorated cards and envelopes.

This course is individual and it 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 bookbinding in Florence 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 this course in Florence (course only):

  • 24 lessons (course only): 800€
  • 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.

8 reviews for Bookbinding course in Florence

  1. eric

    The whole thing was very good. Thank you for the experiences. I have come away with seem very nice things as well as memories… –Eric Morgan

  2. Eric Lease Morgan (verified owner)

    My bookmaking experience with Simonetta exceeded expectations. By the end of the workshop I went away with things — both tangible as well as intangible — that will last a life time. Fun!

  3. Sarah

    Hi Federica,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed my week in Florence. Simonetta was a wonderful teacher, and very patient with my lack of Italian, and the accommodation was perfect.

    Thank you for the experience!

    Sarah : )

  4. Nazli

    I took the bookbinding course for two weeks, very recently.

    Thanks to the teacher Simonetta and studiainitalia members Federica and Lara, the whole experience was greater than I expected.

    Simonetta is not only very experienced professional on her field, she is also a very good teacher. And a lovely person as well.

    It doesn’t matter if you are just a starter at this field or someone who is already in it but would like to learn some other techniques on bookbinding, this is a good place to go.

  5. Judith

    I have done the two weeks bookbinding. With Simonetta. I loved every minute. I learnt a lot and was able to start at the appropriate level of experience.
    I did not speak Italian but it did not matter at all. It is a practical course and Simonetta can speak English well.
    I had time to make 3 books of differing types. The materials were part of the tuition fee so there were no extra costs.
    I travelled from Australia specially for the course and had not travelled much on my own before. I had no problems finding my way around. I enjoyed shopping at the markets and cooking. It was a wonderful cultural experience. I can only recommend to anyone that they do it. My teacher was warm,friendly and very supportive. She made the whole experience amazing.
    Studiainitalia are very helpful. They will answer any questions you have promptly.
    There are extra activities if you want to do them in weekends and after school finishes for the day. I great time in Florence. It’s a beautiful city.

  6. Agnes

    I attended the short bookbinding course this september. It was just amazing! Two weeks of working with beautiful florentine paper, thread, leather and parchment. I learnt so much from Simonetta and I absolutely loved her Studio! She (seemingly) knows everything about bookbinding and retauration and didn’t hesitate about sharing her knowledge. We (her and us two “students”) shared wonderful moments and talked and laughed a lot whilst binding our books.

    Federica was also very kind and always available (even before I was attending the course) when there were any problems or question from my part.

    I absolutely recommend a course with studiainitalia, it was an experience I won’t forget. And rest assured that I’ll be back!

  7. Mirna

    Bookbinding in Florence with Studiainitalia is an unforgettable, incredible experience. I didn’t want it to end. I didn’t want to leave. I’m so grateful for Federica for this opportunity, for Lara’s wonderful guidance and for Simonetta’s expertise.
    Simonetta is one of the most incredible people I’ve met anywhere in the world. Her studio is a delight to the senses and her talents and artistry are second to none. My friend Agnes and I were transported into historical Florence through the art of bookbinding. We had the pleasure of working with the finest materials. The bonus was learning to speak Italian along the way.
    It is a dream come true and I cannot wait to return.
    Grazie mille Simonetta, Agnes, Federica, Lara and all of the Studiainitalia Team.

  8. Haim

    last month i participated in the book binding course in florence.
    the teacher, Simonetta was wonderful and very professional . those two weeks was wonderful.
    the staff of sudiainitalia was very helpful and kind.
    i recomended to everyone who want to learn bookbinding in florence.

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