Going to Italy...

grendl's picture

Hi there!

I'm going to spend a few days in Rome, Florence, and
Milan in January... Do any of you have any
recommendations of manuscript, typography, and/or
printing museums that I should check out? I'm
particularly interested in incunabula and illuminated
manuscripts, but I'd love to visit some contemporary
print shops as well.

Thanks so much!

p.s. Restaurant recommendations also welcome... and
apologies for the cross-posting.

ebensorkin's picture

There is a lot to see in Rome at the National Museum of Rome, Baths of Diocletian, which contains the Epigraphical Department. Not all this came from there but a lot of it did.

I saw this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebensorkin/sets/72157594336113040/

I would love to see what you find if you can photograph it.

sauternes's picture

I suggest the Museo Bodoniano in Parma (120 km from Milan and on the road form Rome to Milan):
I am sure you know Giambattista Bodoni, anyway here is the wikipedia entry about him:

Last but not least, Parma is famous for food (Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto (ham) di Parma above all) and there are a lot of nice places where to eat.
My suggestion for lunch is "Sorelle Picchi" (http://www.mytravelguide.com/restaurants/profile-79501805-Italy_Parma_So...) a nice and peculiar place, since the restaurant is in the backroom of a "salumeria" shop.

e-mail me in private if you need more infos about my town.


BradB's picture

I know January is cold, but that's no reason to not eat gelato on the streets. ;-) I was a poor college student when I went, so I didn't eat at any restaurants. However, there is a nice cafe in Scandicci (a suburb of Florence) called Bar Mario (or is it Cafe Mario?). It's just a coffee bar, really, but it's good.

I went in 1999, and that was before I learned much about typography or took any design classes at all. There's a lot of great art to be found, especially in Florence: The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, L'Accademia...

jupiterboy's picture

I've really enjoyed visiting the Brera when in Milan.


Dimitris Papazoglou's picture

Villa Medici in Rome also should be a part of your walks.
You can find there some excellent publications based 100% on the italian typographic taste...

Have a nice tripe and a happy new year!

Dimitris Papazoglou | designersunited.gr


grendl's picture

Hi all!

I'm back from a great trip to Italy and I just wanted to thank everyone for their very helpful suggestions!

Thanks especially to Sauternes for recommending the Bodoni Museum in Parma (don't forget to call ahead and make an appointment if you go!) and to Eben Sorkin who recommended the amazing Epigraphic Museum in Rome. Oh my God!

My poor boyfriend nearly expired, as we had to stay there for hours! My only complaint was there wasn't quite enough information on the processes and tools involved in making the various inscriptions. Plus the lighting was often quite low, not a quality you want in a museum. But those gripes aside, the collection is outstanding.

Anyways, grazie to everyone!!!!

ebensorkin's picture

You are welcome! Cheers!

Do you have any pictures posted from the Bodoni Museum?

Antonio Cavedoni's picture

Eben: I’m afraid the Museo Bodoniano is very strict about not having pictures taken within its premises, and even if you manage to sneak some I believe you are forbidden from publishing them.

I went there last june (I don’t live too far) and since the visit was during a series of type design workshops they exceptionally let us take pictures but told us they were for personal use only. I took a few, but light conditions where very poor and I had to give up.

ebensorkin's picture

I wondered if that was the case. Thanks!

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