The delicate art of a restorer

The ability to work with wood, to assemble small mosaic tiles, to paint the interiors of buildings with amazing trompe l’oeil, to build beautiful windows and instruments that can play perfect notes, to make clothes, massive chandeliers and sculptures of all kinds: Italian craftsmanship is inextricably linked to art, that becomes a blend of skills passed down from generation to generation.

Italy, homeland of art, an extraordinary wide-spread museum, could not help but develop over time expertise in the field of heritage conservation. A leadership that the world recognises and envies us for, so much so that our schools of restoration and our restorers are appreciated and sought after everywhere.

Thus, the work of the many master craftsmen throughout the country represents a real feather in our cap of the finest Italian skills: but the task of the restorer also requires great historical, technical and scientific skills.

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In Florence, the Santo Spirito and San Frediano areas are home to antiques shops that are traditionally famous worldwide for the quality of the restoration work on all kinds of artefacts: from wood to glass, from furniture to musical instruments.

In Ancona, on the other hand, there is one of the few laboratories devoted to textile restoration. Among the many items that are given a new life, there are exceptional clothes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that were discovered in the crypt of the Santissima Annunziata Church in Monsampolo del Tronto, in the Ascoli area.

The many Murano glass and glazing artisans in Milan deal with most restoration and conservation projects, as do the most important goldsmiths.

On the other hand, the ateliers in Turin can be relied upon by those who want to bring ancient and precious furniture, ornaments or chandeliers back to their former glory. A microcosm of virtuosic skills, based on a profound knowledge of art history and materials.

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Rongioni Sandro

Sandro Rongioni continues a long family tradition, which began with his grandfather, an expert carpenter, and entered the field of wooden restoration with his father. The know-how handed down from generation to generation combined with specialized studies has allowed Sandro to open his own workshop in Milan in 1987, where he combines manual expertise with […]

Milano

Restoration
Wood and furniture

Alvise Boccanegra

Knowledge of art techniques, manual skill and, above all, artistic feeling and respect. These are the qualities one needs to be a great restorer and Alvise Boccanegra has them all. And if one considers that he trained at the school of Master Maximilian Leuthenmayr, it is immediately clear that this young restorer is one of […]

Venezia

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Restoration

Salvioli Nicola

A skilled restorer and an expert in the field of metalwork, Nicola Savioli trained at a very special school, Florence’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Raised in a family of artisans, he soon developed a remarkable artistic feeling, in particular, a passion for metal objects, which today he restores by combining the use of old and […]

Firenze

Restoration
Restoration

Laura Menegotto

Laura Menegotto si occupa di conservazione e restauro di dipinti su tela, tavola, rame e opere policrome. Dopo anni di bottega e cantieri di restauro, nel 1997 apre il suo laboratorio a Milano, all’interno della suggestiva corte settecentesca di palazzo Fagnani Ronzoni. Ogni operazione è realizzata con metodi differenziati a seconda delle tecniche artistiche. L’attenzione […]

Milano

Restoration
Restoration

Pia Virgilio

Restoring works of art requires perhaps even more sensitivity, skill and patience than creating them. Pia Virgilio specializes in aesthetic and preservative restoration of terracotta, majolica, porcelain and biscuit objects, stoneware and enameled metal. After having studied at the famous Ballardini Institute of Faenza (a land known for its long-standing pottery-making tradition), Pia began working […]

Milano

Restoration
Restoration

Polignum

The workshop specializes in the restoration of wooden furniture and objects by combining the use of age-old techniques, artisan craftsmanship, the most advanced methods and latest market developments, such as the microwave woodworm treatment, one of its strengths. The expertise and skills of Federica Foppiani, Elisa Italiano and Federica Magli allow the workshop to cover […]

Milano

Restoration
Restoration

Paola Villa – Restauro Dipinti

Paolo Villa has been operating in the field of preservation and restoration of decorated surfaces and personal properties of historical-artistic interest since 1987. The firm’s staff is made up of qualified technicians who have been working with passion, attention and care for many years, always in step with the latest developments. Paola Villa  has been […]

Milano

Restoration
Restoration

Simona Casadio – Doratura Artigianale dal 1930

Simona Casadio  is an artisan business that specializes in gilding, French-polishing and restoration. It was started in 1930 by Mario Casadio. The company mostly deals in the restoration of antique objects, such as console tables, head-boards, wooden statues, chairs, furniture and frames. Exclusive hand-crafted objects of the highest quality, designed and  made by hand with […]

Faenza (RA)

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Restoration

Gulisano Restauri

Located at the foot of the Etna volcano, Antonio Gulisano’s workshop specializes in the preservation and restoration of wooden works, gilding, selling of artwork, antiques and modern collectibles. After some years of training and working in Florence, where he restored works of art from the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti, Antonio moved back to his […]

Viagrande (CT)

Restoration
Restoration

Iachini Restauro

Antonio Iachini started working as a restorer when he started his business in the 80s, while working as a cabinetmaker at the same time, creating furniture and inlaid panels, sculptures, carved and gilded items and furniture. In the last eight years another of his passions has become his job: as a luthier he produces electric […]


Tuscania (VT)

Restoration
Restoration

Reale Restauri

Cristina Forconi’s Reali Restauri restoration firm works to bring new life to precious chandeliers, preserving not only their functional value, but also historical and artistic value. Consider the important work that was done in the Palazzo Reale in Turin, on the approximately 200 majestic chandeliers in Ca’ Rezzonico style. Specialized in Maria Theresa chandeliers, the […]

Torino

Restoration
Restoration

Olivastri Renato

The neighborhood of Santo Spirito, which together with San Frediano hosts antique dealers and the finest craftsmen in Florence is certainly full of charm, just as the Olivastri shop is, where the craftsmen restore works in wood, antique furniture and inlaid pieces as well as frames, candlesticks, polychrome statues and paintings on wood. In the […]

Firenze

Restoration
Restoration

Studio Polloni

The workshop is currently restoring artwork for Florence’s Opera del Duomo Museum and about thirty of the Basilica’s stained-glass windows have been restored by the workshop’s highly experienced and skillful artisans. Not only does the workshop take care of precious artwork, but has a number of private customers and produces new stained-glass windows, both big […]

Firenze

Decorative Arts
Glass and crystal

Moleria Locchi

Art, passion and skill have been the basic ingredients of this workshop in the heart of Florence’s Oltrarno area for over a century, since the late 1800s. In this workshop, renowned worldwide for the restoration of precious glass and crystal objects, glassware is carefully studied and restored to its original splendor by using old grinding […]

Firenze