Italy Field School

Join Willowbank staff and our Italian conservation colleagues for a rare experiential educational opportunity!

The Willowbank Canova Field School program involves documenting and revitalizing an abandoned medieval stone village near Milan. Participants will be engaged in philosophical and technical debates as well as the hard but satisfying work of rebuilding beautiful stone and wood medieval structures.

Located in the medieval village of Canova, Oira di Crevoladossola, Italy, the Canova Association brings together local and international participants to share experiences and stimulate local investment in the conservation and adaptive reuse of Italy’s rural medieval stone architecture.

The Willowbank Canova Field School focuses on the village of Ghesc, on the outskirts of Domodossola. It was built in the 15th century but was abandoned more than 50 years ago. The revitalization of Ghesc is the latest project undertaken by the Canova Association with its local partners.

With its unusual stone buildings including stone-tiled roofs and the remains of beautiful medieval frescoes this village will be your laboratory for 15 days as you acquire documentation skills, study design options, and implement the partial rebuilding of one of the stone structures.

For more information contact us at willowbank@willowbank.ca

With its unusual stone buildings including stone-tiled roofs and the remains of beautiful medieval frescoes this village will be your living laboratory for 15 days.