Museo della Carta, Italy

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Fancy making your own sheet of paper from scratch?

Papermaking used to be a surreptitious business, and Amalfi’s backstreet Paper Mill Museum preserves a moment in history. Here you can learn the painstaking process, which was considered as much an art form as the characters and illustrations that later adorned them.

The machinery dates back as far as 1745, and is powered by natural streams. Guided tours let you try papermaking yourself, dipping your hands into a barrel and using a press to squeeze water from the pulp.

Today, we send messages to millions just by typing an email, but centuries ago squeezing pulp was the only way to document experiences. Imagine Quirky Guide on paper!

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