The printing company, “GRAFICA VALDARNO s.n.c. di Amedeo Nicola & C.” completed 55 years of business in 2011 but in truth, its story began well before that: the art of printing, indeed, is a tradition in the Nicola family since 1902, when Amedeo Nicola - grandfather of the current printer with the same name - established the printing company subsequently known as the “Industrie Grafiche Amedeo Nicola & C. Varese-Milano”.
For decades, this company distinguished itself by size and prestige both locally and nationally: its skilled workers produced scholastic texts and dictionaries, art and industrial prints for the most important Italian names

The beginnings
When its most qualified workers left, that important design-publishing company opened the way to many of the printing companies active nowadays in the province, amongst which its most direct heir, “Grafica Valdarno”, founded at Cavaria in 1956.
After a decade of business, in 1968 the still very young Amedeo Nicola came into the business, following in the footprints of that grandfather whose name he bore, and so he started to learn the art of printing from letterpress lead type and books. Very soon, the first employees started to arrive, all young and almost without experience but all with a great desire to roll their sleeves up.

The evolution
After the first Heidelberg “Stella”, a letterpress printing machine which stood out due to its versatility, the beginning of the 70s saw the introduction of the “Aurelia 52” and of a lithography machine which signalled the passage from letterpress to lithographic printing for Grafica Valdarno, to which in recent years have been added digital and multicolour offset printing with in-line UV varnishing.
In parallel, Around the printing, all the other departments which the most competent and qualified design companies include today: the prepress department, an entire section dedicated to special finish printing, the binding department and paper converting