• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Laboratory for Art History and Classical Archaeology

Laboratory for Art History and Classical Archaeology

In march 2013 a new research structure, the Laboratory for Art History and Classical Archaeology, has been created through the integration of two already existing research structures, the Laboratorio di Arti Visive and the Laboratorio per l’Analisi, la Ricerca, la Tutela, le Tecnologie e l'Economia per il patrimonio culturale. The new research structure has collected the previous projects, technical staff and scientific team.

In this first period, to know the projects of the two previous Laboratories, it is possible to consult their websites (vd. two links in the Menu on the right side of this page).

The new Laboratory aims at working in the history of art field, without chronological breaks, since the Classical Antiquity to the Contemporary Age. The documentary scope includes many different approaches, from the not invasive analysis about single works of art to the creation of IT archives and databases about graphic and photographic sets, collections of letters and printed sources. In this perspective, the “history of art” must be intended as a method rather than as a qualitative hierarchy, even because the most various visual communication forms have been already inserted among the topics of previous laboratories.

At the same time, the Laboratorio is dedicated to the study and critical discussion about collections, museums and historical local nets using various communication ways and IT tools.

Moreover, the agreement approved in 2012 between Scuola Normale and University of Bergamo, about ancient art tradition, historical museology and iconographical questions related to artistic heritage, can be referred to the new Laboratory.

The professors and scholars of the Seminario of History of Art and Archaeology of Scuola Normale Superiore take part to the scientific activities of this new Laboratory, creating in this way a strong link with Scuola Normale didactic activities.


Professor Massimo Ferretti


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piazza dei Cavalieri, 8
56126 Pisa
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