Flexibility: Low

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: The Art Restoration Workshop offers practical hands-on experience in the process of conservation and restoration of frescoes and fine art in the rich cultural setting of the Puglia region of Italy. By learning and actively working, participants also contribute to the conservation of the art and historical heritage of the region. Frescoes are from the 11th to 17th centuries.

Amava Take: Interested in art history? Want to get deep into Italian history and culture? Dig into Italian cultural heritage through hands-on and immersive experiences, which not only have a positive impact on the participant but on the region as well. In all the workshops offered, participants interact with local professionals and other volunteers to explore ways in which heritage and its conservation can have a substantial impact on communities and larger cultural and social issues.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for?

People with patience, attention to detail, and an interest in art and culture.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Listen and be prepared to learn by doing.

What’s a typical day like?

Making frescoes as practice for restoring frescoes. Time to explore the town, taste olive oil, wine, and local cuisine.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Seeing the results of my work. Making new friends in Italy.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Occasional neck stiffness.

What’s the most memorable experience you had?

Putting a halo back on an angel on a 12th century fresco!

Special Requirements: Good but not necessary to have some knowledge of spoken Italian.

Related Classes: How to Look at and Understand Great Art, Instant Italian

Finding a Position: Twice a year, Messors has workshops on art restoration, along with a variety of other workshops. If those dates don’t work for you, there are other heritage volunteering opportunities in Europe. There are also preservation and art conservation activities to explore in the U.S.