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Italy is the core of leather art in the world, hosting numerous prestigious brands recognized globally. The reason why Italian shoes enchant so many people all over the world is their highly sophisticated designs realized by the endless pursuit for quality of Italian artisans who put value on creating beautiful, comfortable with featherly touch, and inspiring shoes.

Accademia Riaci’s Shoemaking course offers students a rare chance to learn the authentic, top-level shoe making techniques, directory from Italian leather artisans with highest skills and rich experience.

Students will learn basic techniques of shoe making through intensive lessons, making shoes for their own size. It includes all the steps of shoe making, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Instructors :
Studio instructors are from a line of family, who has been making leather goods in generations. The studio is located in the area where aristocratic buildings are lined up. The instructor will show students every step of leather crafts in easy comprehensive manner. Design instructors will take you out to out-of-school lessons at Ferragamo Shoes Museum if you prefer. He will help you to draw your best sensibility and design expressions for the latest design work of the world.

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2 weeks Course Sample Schedule

week day AM PM
1st week Sun. Arrival in Florence
Mon. Orientation, City tour, Welcome Lunch Free time
Tue. Lessons Free time
Wed. Lessons Free time
Thu. Lessons Free time
Fri. Guided art visits Free time
Sat. Cultural Activity
2nd week Sun. Free time
Mon. Lessons Free time
Tue. Lessons Free time
Wed. Lessons Free time
Thu. Lessons Free time
Fri. Guided art visits Free time
Sat. Housing Check-out

Fees and Schedule 2022
(fees - includes accommodation, meal vouchers (2 meal vouchers + 2 drink (coffee/tea/mineral water) vouchers per week), and weekly visits, etc.)

4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks 12 weeks
Tuition Fee + Accommodation, etc.
€4,600 €6,400 €8,200 €11,000
6 9 12 18
Check-in (Sun) - Check-out (Sat)
[ 2022 ]
May 1 – May 28
May 15 – Jun. 11
May 29 – Jun. 25
Jun. 12 – Jul. 9
Jun. 26 – Jul. 23
Jul. 10 – Aug. 6
Jul. 24 – Sep. 3★
Aug. 21 – Sep. 17
Sep. 4 – Oct. 1
[ 2022 ]
May 1 – Jun. 11
May 15 – Jun. 25
May 29 – Jul. 9
Jun. 12 – Jul. 23
Jun. 26 – Aug. 6
Jul.24 – Sep.17★
[ 2022 ]
May 1 – Jun. 25
May 15 – Jul. 9
May 29 – Jul. 23
Jun. 12 – Aug. 6
Jun.26 – Sep. 3★
Jul. 24 – Oct. 1★
[ 2022 ]
May 1 – Jul. 23
May 15 – Aug. 6
May 29 – Sep. 3★
Jun. 12 – Sep. 17★
Jun.26 – Oct. 1★
★ Painting, jewelry making, art history, enjoyment, Italian, English, home cooking, home cooking / Dolce, gelato, barista courses only
Due to a SUMMER BREAK, the school will be closed from August 6, 2022, to August 21, 2022.


Enrollment fee, Tuition,
Facilities fee (no materials),
Orientation meeting,
Welcome lunch,
Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, bus pass, one lunch ticket),
Weekly guided art visits to the best attractions and historical monuments of Florence,
Housing: shared apartment – twin room (single room available),
Housing utilities expense,
Meal vouchers (2 meal vouchers + 2 drink (coffee/tea/mineral water) vouchers per week),
Cultural excursions : 1 time / 2 weeks (e.g.: ceramic laboratory visit, antique market of Arezzo visit, trip to Pisa, trip to a Tuscan farmhouse, Pizza lesson),
English interpreter during lessons with the teacher

  • Materials for artworks used or consumed individually by students are not included in the fees above.
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