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Learning by doing

The "Bottegas"

What are the Bottegas?

Bottega is a term used during the Renaissance and that is still used to describe a workshop. To give a historical frame of reference, the manner by which the great Master Leonardo Da Vinci acquired his skills as a young artist by working at the Bottega of Verrocchio, was the "learning by doing" method.

The Pieve Bottegas

Villa Pieve's facilities include various work spaces and classrooms ideally suited to the notion of the Bottega. These range from updated technological classrooms to centuries old vaulted rooms that recall the original Bottegas. The criteria defining this notion of a 21st Century Bottega is the recreation of the apprenticeship environment which includes personal contact with the Master/Professor and the direct participation of the student in the creative process, which that defines the field of study.

What does it mean?

In the Renaissance Bottega, the Master was paired with his students as they worked together on a project. All of the discoveries and ideas produced there were the result of cooperation. The process of learning by doing generated collective knowledge.

In this way, the Bottega in itself is a space for creativity; for this reason we would also like to design a Bottega, together with our partners, to fulfill all your creative needs.

The Arts & Crafts Bottega

Schermata 2021-01-08 alle 12.06.07-gigap

Painting methodologies 

fresco, egg tempera, gold leaf, oil painting.


working with clay, painting techniques in ceramic.


various techniques.


exploring history of mosaics (mosaics in Ravenna, Rome and contemporary mosaics)


various techniques


The study of fresco and book restoration

The Bottega

of Food and Wine

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Participants study the historical roots of the traditional Italian cuisine pursuing a more in depth understanding of local ingredients, nutritional values, and regional recipes. This course of study will also explore regional Italian wines as well as the preparation of an integrated menu.

The Bottega

of Humanities

Schermata 2021-01-08 alle 12.10.43-gigap

Art and Iconography

we will enable participants to read the symbols, philosophy and Biblical stories expressed through the imagery.



The Etruscans, the culture, the sites.



Studies of traditional music including music of the Middle Ages, as well as contemporary music and composers.


short films produced by students at Pieve will have the chance to be presented at the Agosto Corcianese Festival in Corciano in conjunction with the Montana Hatch festival.



participants will study the history of the theatre, performances, stage design, study of theatrical texts.


Creative writing

This Bottega will be presented by writers and participants will have the opportunity to meet Italian and American visiting writers.

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