Heritage Conservation Field Study

Heritage Conservation Field Study

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7-25 Oct 2019 from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm 7 Oct 2019 8:00 am 25 Oct 2019 5:00 pm

Study Tour Italy

Heritage Conservation Field Study

Experience the care of Italian heritage first-hand.

Monday 7 October to Friday 25 October 2019.

Bring your knowledge to the next level of experience in Italy.  The objective of the field study is to learn about different ways of preserving, conserving and displaying heritage objects and monuments.  You will study how professionals in the museum sector interact with works of historical importance.

This is a unique opportunity for you:

  • to learn about, and apply, professional conservation techniques
  • to thoroughly examine works displayed or stored in a variety of locations
  • to engage in a constructive debate on the challenges and issues related to preventive conservation and the preservation of historical objects and artifacts in museums, churches and other exclusive locations.

The tour is aimed at providing conservators, registrars, collection managers, museum curators, architects and selected students with specialist training in preventive conservation, from theory through to practice.  This experience will be of interest to a range of participants with different levels of expertise; from seasoned conservators and museum staff to students with little prior knowledge.

The primary location of the field school will be the Capodimonte Museum in Naples with site visits in Rome and Florence.  Under the direction of Carolina Izzo and the guidance of selected Italian experts, supervised by museums' head of conservation, participants will have a unique professional experience in the original home of conservation.

A copy of the full Itinerary can be downloaded here.

Enrolment and Other Information:

Applying for the tour:

Places on the tour are limited and are granted at the discretion of the tour director. If you would like to apply for a place on this tour, please contact Carolina Izzo: admin@carolinaizzo.com

You will then be emailed a questionnaire to complete to accompany your application.  Once you have returned this to us we will contact you within 7 days to offer successful applicants a place on the tour. You will then need to pay the initial $1,000 deposit to secure your place on the tour. Applications for the tour close on Friday 12 July.

Project fees

NZ $5,700 - 3-Star hotel twin share. If you are travelling alone and request to share a room you will be asked to pay for a single room if a room-mate is not available. NZ$5,900 - 3-Star hotel single room. A non-refundable deposit of NZ$1,000 per person is required by Friday 12 July to secure a place on this tour. All fees are GST inclusive.

The fee includes

*        Tuition
*        Pre-tour 1- day workshop
*        Tour escorted throughout by Carolina Izzo
*        Occasional land travel with driver dedicated shuttle in Naples and Nepi
*        Accommodation in character 3-star hotel in Rome, Nepi, Naples and Florence
*        Breakfast and lunch most days
*        A special taste of cuisine together at dinner one evening

The fee does not include

*          Air travel to and from Italy
*          Evening meals (other than one group dinner)
*          Personal expenses and any taxi fares, tips
*          Optional activities (additional to the tour itinerary)
*          Passport and visa costs
*          Individual insurance
*          Entrance fees for visits related to the workshop
*          Tips
*          Travel by train from Rome to Naples and Naples to Florence Including some local bus

Fee payments (non- refundable)

  • NZ$1,000 per person upon booking to secure your place, no later than the Monday 15 July 2019
  • NZ$1,500 per person by Friday 30 August 2019
  • Payment of balance by Tuesday 13 September 2019

Group size

Please note that the minimum group size is 6, and a maximum of 10. Early application will help secure you a place.


We reserve the right to change the proposed itinerary if necessary and reserve the right to postpone or cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances and to refuse or cancel any booking. Should this occur, any payments made will be refunded. If you withdraw after booking and before the payment of the second deposit required by 30 August 2019 you will be required to pay a full withdrawal fee of $1,000. Withdrawal before the tour will involve the loss of the full amount paid. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance at the time of your booking to cover against cancellation prior to departure, and any unexpected health or other incidents during your trip. Please note that the programme of activities is subject to change.

About the study tour director

Born in Rome, Carolina Izzo studied conservation in Florence, then moved to Naples and worked for almost two decades for the Italian Ministry of Culture restoring damaged artifacts from the 1981 earthquake in Irpinia, Italy. In 2001 Carolina moved with her family to Wellington and worked as Conservator of Paintings at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for many years. She subsequently launched Studio Carolina Izzo, an art conservation studio. She is a Teaching Associate at Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University.

Pompeii, Conservation Centre.