School of

45 years of advanced training

Enhancement and conservation of cultural

of Restoration

Botticino was founded in 1974 with the support of the Lombardy Region and the Central Institute of Restoration of Rome, to carry out higher education, higher and continuing training courses in the field of enhancement, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
To date, the School has updated numerous professionals in the sector, qualifying thousands of restorers and restoration technicians, guaranteeing significant results in terms of employment level and professional success.

The academic approach is centered on the “real task” that places direct intervention on the works at the center of learning.
This has allowed our students to contribute with teachers to the restoration of over a thousand protected assets, both movable and immovable, located in Italy or coming from Italian and foreign collections.


Real task

The cultural premise on which the training action is based is the teaching of the ‘real task‘ and ‘learning by doing‘, to acquire and consolidate the knowledge and technical-professional skills experienced; The direct intervention on the works and practical activities for an external client is at the center of learning, in equipped technical-professional laboratories and in real work contexts. Internships and ‘on the job’ learning activities are carried out as training opportunities and opportunities to facilitate access to the work market and enter into relationships with the players that revolve around the production chain.

botticino method


Interdisciplinarity between the historical-artistic, scientific, technical-methodological and practice areas of restoration requires not only the experience in equipped laboratories and external school-building sites, but also the ability to manage and govern the real production processes, the design and management of restoration interventions.


A methodological approach centered on the connection with the territory in question, contributing to the enhancement of its multiple specificities and to the construction of stable links with the local production system. This has allowed the students of the School to carry out conservation and restoration interventions on over 1200 works (paintings on canvas, wooden works, wall paintings, sculptures, tapestries and textile artefacts, paper and membranous artefacts) from religious institutions, public bodies, museums, funds and archives, private entities and to participate in 45 educational sites for the restoration of wall paintings, decorated surfaces of architecture, altars, organ fronts and wooden choirs.

Relations and

Forty-five years of consistent application of this methodology have allowed the Botticino School of Restoration to build relationships with:

Research centers, universities, museums, Italian and foreign cultural institutions, laboratories and companies, ecclesiastical bodies and public administrations. Among these: the National Gallery of London, the Museu do Azulejos of Lisbon, the Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia, the Musée Carnavalet of Paris, the Tapestry Workshop of the Quirinale, the Vatican Museums, the Jewish Museum of Florence, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Rome, Superintendencies of Lombardy, Liguria, Veneto and Trentino, Direction du Patrimoine of Corsica, Civic and Diocesan Museums of Brescia, Civic Museums of Bassano del Grappa and Cremona, Culture Direction of the Lombardy Region, Universities of Milan, Pavia and Ferrara, SUPSI of Lugano, CNR of Milan.

In the three-year period 2006/2008, the Enaip Lombardia School of Botticino was the leader of the Regional Training Center for Cultural Heritage and in 2009/10 together with the Universities of Pavia, Politecnico, Statale and Bicocca of Milan and the ICVBC-CNR Centro Gino Bozza of Milan, became one of the partners of the Polo for the Enhancement of Cultural Heritage established on the basis of a Program Agreement promoted and led by the DG Culture of the Region.

Subsequently she was project contact person for the Professional Technical Center “Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage”, a network of 25 subjects related to the production and training chains in the field of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage.

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The Botticino School of Restoration founded in 1974 has obtained numerous awards
and certifications over the course of 45 years, including:


Recognised as a Center of Regional


Enrolled in the “Lombardy Excellent” Regional Register


Accredited by the MIUR and MiBACT Ministries

For the activation of the Five-Year Course for Restorer of Cultural Heritage equivalent to the Master’s Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (LMR / 02)