It was founded in 1854 with the name of “Opera Pia Montani”; The “Opera” was founded thanks to the local earl “Girolamo Montani”, a philantropic gentleman who donated all his possessions for this initiative, in 1849; It was a kindergarten for the poor and orphaned children of Fermo;
ITIS Montani – Historical overview Students were taught to become “Good Craftsmen”; And they generally became carpenters, blacksmiths or mechanics;
ITIS Montani – Historical overview In 1861, the "Opera Pia" became"Arts and Crafts Institute"; In 1907 the School's name changed again into "the Royal National Industrial Institute; Now, the students who got a diploma in this Institute could attend the Polytechnic or university
Important Contributors The next slides show some of the famous people who contributed to make the Institute so prestigious…
Girolamo Montani Earl Girolamo Montani was financer and inspirer of the Project, he reflected the progressive ideas and high moral commitment to a national culture that fully lived yet in romantic ideals.
Marquis Trevisani Major of Fermo(1861-1878), together with architect Giovan Battista Carducci, they wanted to entrust the direction of the institute to someone who possessed updated skills. So they called a young French engineer from France, Ippolito Langlois to direct the school.
Headmaster of the school, he introduced immediately the educational systems of the "écoles politecniques", wanted by Napoleon III to support the industrial development in France. In 1884, thanks to Langlois, the "Arts and Crafts Institute" transformed into "Industrial School for the Marche region".
…and we’re still there… Thanks to many other headmasters, teachers and students, the school has always maintained a primary role on a national level…and in 2014, we are celebrating our 160° anniversary.