Tipografia Grifani Donati dal 1799 S.N.C., Citta di Castello
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  • In historic castle, atop a steep stair but fitted with platform for wheelchairs, there is a mysterious place. A very charming old typography from history. The owner, John, a very nice person, will accompany you in the discovery of the secrets of this ancient art, with an extraordinary preparation. You can also buy some gorgeous reproductions in the store that is located on the ground floor, run by Adriana, the owner's wife. To be sure about visiting hours, you should call us at 075 85 54 349
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  • Very disappointed in Città di Castello, on the advice of TA I came here this morning with my boyfriend. Speechless. It is not a museum with a guide but a typesetter son of printers from 7 generations who, with skill and passion, he knew how to make us partakers of a world that not even imagined. Technique, culture, convenience packed into a bright and affable man. I recommend it to all those who have at least a modicum of culture!
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  • The visit proved to be quite interesting. Own fervently approached us to her world's locker explaining in great detail the various stages of different print modes. Very particular environment which allowed us to immerse ourselves in a context so unusual and "flavor".
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  • the only typography / museum where the time is frozen and you can see the machines, the workers, feeling the sensations and the smells like in the past... and with the visited tour you can make art as in the 1800...
  • In Corso Cavour, the ancient Via Superior, connecting the two main city squares, climbing the steep, narrow staircase number 4, you enter a timeless place, Tipografia Grifani-Donati, still active after more than 200 years. In the summer of 1799 two printers of Assisi, Francesco Donati and Bartholomew Carlucci, had started in Città di Castello a printing works in the premises above the old church of Saint Paul to the slaughterhouse, of 1200, who had hosted originally a convent of nuns and who then had been used for salting of meat and as a prison; the Church is now used as a covered market known in town as "Retsina". The movable type printing invented by Gutenberg in the mid-15th century, it was soon spread to Italy to the cultural and economic vitality of those years: in Foligno, already in 1472, the cleric of Mainz, the first edition of the Divine Comedy prints Johan Numeister and Perugia, University City, operates the stamperia di Giovanni Cartolari. In Città di Castello, on behalf of the Priors, in 1538 are printed by printers hawkers Antonio Mazzocchi from Cremona and brothers Gucci da Cortona book of statutes (Liber Statutorum). For more than two centuries the typographic production is low and almost exclusively religious character; only since the seventeenth century born in town new printers that worked but only for short periods. La Tipografia Grifani-Donati instead distinguished himself immediately to the remarkable ability to produce texts and luxury books that decreed the success, insomuch that they were many orders even from neighboring towns. The death of Campbell the task was continued by donated to who, in 1817, was responsible for the introduction of bodoniani and characters who, in 1842, start printing with the wooden press the monumental work in 28 installments "ecclesiastical and civil memories of Città di Castello" of Bishop Giovanni Muzi. After the death of Francesco Donati, typography passed to his son Blaise and from this to his nephew Joseph Grifani so that the shop called Grifani-Donati starting towards a centenary activities: after the death of Joseph then goes to his son Ernesto and Alberto's son-in-law from this to Ottaviani, husband of Elizabeth Grifani, and then to the sons Mario and Italo. Gianni Ottaviani, with his wife Adriana, the current owners, in the late 1980s, encouraged by friends, decide to leave the enterprise graphics that had started in the industrial area to detect the family business meant to secure the end. The printing house was managed to thwart until the 1960s the advent of new technologies by printing with movable type short pamphlets and publications, forms for towns and cities, tickets, business cards, invitations and posters of all kinds and was still a considerable number of employees; but now the competition was getting tougher and increasingly scarce jobs. Gianni, who introduces the techniques of intaglio and lithography on stone, and Adriana, who devotes himself to the binding and restoration of books, so to continue the family tradition. Typography, which has retained the look and flavor of a time with wooden drawers, machines and printing presses of the nineteenth century, the important amenities of characters, friezes and cornices, was the subject of a careful restoration and, in 2005, it was placed in the Museum of Umbria.
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  • Beautiful experience! A guided tour really valuable, Mr. Grifani is a mine of historical and artistic information amazing! Super helpful though warned at the last minute. We will certainly return to find it!
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  • Typesetting machines.
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  • Place where the visit is a must!!
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