The objective of The Summer Course on the Security of Cultural Heritage is to analyse the most common crimes related to the art world. The course will explore the various security systems best for each diverse structure (from the small museum to the art gallery, from the necropolis to the underwater archaeological site), the most common techniques of forgery and counterfeiting of works and objects of art, the negative consequences that the illicit market causes for the legal sale of art, how to prevent and avoid them, the role that organised crime holds in the trafficking of art, techniques and methods used to protect culture goods in times of war and armed conflict.

The use of didactic material that has been specially prepared for the course, practical examples, concrete case studies and simulations in the classroom will be used as ulterior support to the lessons. The notions and concepts presented in class will be further reinforced by organised visits, guided by the staff, to archaeological sites, museums and sites of cultural interest in Chianti and in the area directly surrounding Florence. The focus of these visits will be to apply what has been taught in the morning sessions.