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Learning to Draw in Florence, Italy

Andrea Fazzari Charles Cecil (center) surrounded by students and a model, in his drawing studio in Florence's Oltrarno district.

Photo: Andrea Fazzari

Florence, Italy has produced some of the world's greatest painters—from Masaccio to Michelangelo. Visit one of its best-known drawing schools and discover that it's never too late to become a Renaissance man, or woman.

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Inspired by: Art Classes in Florence — by Charles Maclean, Published Feb. 2006

Hotels (4)

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    Hotel Savoy

    Famed hotelier Rocco Forte’s sister, Olga Polizzi, overhauled the storied Savoy's 102 rooms in a contemporary mix of snowy linens, dark wood furnis

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    The Continentale

    The hippest of the four Ferragamo-owned Florentine hotels, the Continentale also has an unbeatable location—right over the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge

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    J.K. Place, Florence

    This 20-room townhouse hotel overlooking the precision Renaissance façade of Santa Maria Novella offers attentive, personal service in intimate, co

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    Gallery Hotel Art

    Only a two-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, the 74-room Gallery Hotel Art is popular with members of the fashion industry thanks to its stylish

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    Trattoria Armando

    Just a little off the beaten path on Borgo Ognissanti near the Communal Theater, the family-run Trattoria Armando offers cucina casaligna (homemade

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    Simon Boccanegra

    Named for a Genovese doge (who was also the subject of a Verdi opera), Simon Boccanegra occupies the ground floor of 16th-century Palazzo Salviati

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    Trattoria Garga

    Established more than three decades ago by Florentine chef Guiliano Garga and his Canadian-born wife Sharon Oddson, Trattoria Garga is known as a c

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    Cartoleria San Frediano Fotocopie

    A fantastic art-supply store that carries thick drawing paper, paintbrushes, and oils.

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    Florence Academy of Art

    The school runs an all-year drawing program and, in July, month-long courses taught in English, including Anatomy and the Figure: Drawing in the Re

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    Charles H. Cecil Studios

    Amateurs can sign up for the July session (from $2,541); serious students have to enroll for at least a year ($10,692) and must submit artwork to b

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