How far outside of the city of Florence is the school? What is the easiest way to get to the city? Is public transportation easily accessible?
The center of Florence is easily reached by the city bus or on foot. There are two bus lines nearby, one of which runs every 10 minutes on weekdays, less frequently over the weekends. The ride into the center on this more frequent bus takes 20-30 minutes. The ride on the other line takes about 10-20. The walk from Lisio to a couple of bridges up from the Ponte Vecchio (the very center of town) takes about 30 minutes. There you can hop on a number of buses to various points in the center.
How far away is the nearest train station? Is it possible for students to travel to other cities (or possible countries) on the weekends?
There are several train stations in Florence but the nearest station is Santa Maria Novella where can take a taxi directly to Fondazione Lisio or go to the terminus in nearby piazza San Marco for urban bus routes nos. 31 and 32. To reach piazza San Marco can walk 10/15 minutes or take bus routes nos. 1,6,14,17,23.
From Santa Maria Novella station is possible to reach the other cities.
By train Pisa is 1 hour away, Rome is 75 minutes away, Milan and Venice are about 3 hours distance. Buses run every hour to Siena (45 minute ride) and to many other interesting cities. It is also easy to take night trains to Paris, Munich, Vienna, etc, but considering the fact that you will be following an intensive course of study, 40 + hours a week, it might be hard to go and get back to Florence over the weekend. But it can be done.
Is there a dining schedule? Where do students take their meals?
There are cooking facilities both at the Foundation and in the residential student housing. The kitchen and dining area in Foundation are shared with the staff. The lunch break is one hour at most, generally from 12,30 or 1,00pm. Students are responsible for their own shopping, cooking and cleanup.
How are accommodations organized? How many students will share a living space?
There are three apartments of varying sizes, each with bath and cooking areas. The apartments accomdate 1 to 2 students, 2 students, 3 to 4 students. The accomodation would not be included in your scholarship. We strongly reccommend that you stay at the Foundation, as you will find that you have more time and energy to give to study.
The other advantage of living here is that you are more likely to become part of the interesting group that inevitably forms during your staying here. Lisio is a special place were very motivated students come to work hard towards personal objectives. It can be very stimulating to be part of this experience. The cost for lodging is probably the cheapest accomodation in Florence! It is no frills, but acceptable.
Are any classes offered other than jacquard weaving, or is the weaving program the only textiles program offered by the school?
There are other classes, but as you will be studying at least 40 hours a week in the jacquard class, it would not be possible to attend other courses. Also, the scholarship is specific to the jacquard design course.
Is there a nearby school offering beginning language classes so students may learn basic Italian while studying in Florence?
There are plenty of language courses in Florence, but again, you would be here full time.
Are all students given the opportunity to send a design to a mill to be woven, or is this only for selected designs?
All students have the opportunity to send one project to a mill to be woven industrially, though this is not obligatory.
Do the school's jacquard handlooms operate with a computer or with cards? How frequently will students be testing/weaving designs or design trials?
The schools looms are card-run. You are welcome to weave as many hand samples as you can, while respecting other students rights to the equipment (punching machines, lacing tables, looms) and weaving times!!!
Are students responsible for providing raw materials such as yarn, or will the school provide materials? If materials are not provided, where can students purchase them?
The school provides all weaving materials. All the warps are silk. The wide range of weft materials are available. You would do well to bring a good selection of your own drawing materials, tracing paper and rapidigraph-type pens.