Field Trips

2017 Italy Workshop Dates are Here!!

We know you are still enjoying the relaxing time that summer brings but it is time to make plans to have an even cooler summer next year in Florence, Italy! Check out our workshops and dates and reserve your spots.

Commedia dell’Arte with Roberto Andrioli and Marco Bendoni will take place June 26-July 21, 2017. A 2-week option is available.

Mask Making with Roberto Andrioli will take place June 26-July 7, 2017. Each participant will make two masks and learn the process from start to finish.

Historical Dance with Marco Bendoni will take place July 10-14, 2017. Explore the historical dances and perform a public performance.

Italian Design with Katia Santuccio will take place July 3-21, 2017. Go behind the scenes of the exquisite world of Italian Design and Architecture.

Not only does Go Inspired provide you with these unique workshops, we also help you to explore all the great things Florence and the Tuscany region has to offer. Join us in 2017 for an amazing summer.

 

Sunset at Piazza Michelangelo

 

 

Masks done by participants

Mask Making and Commedia workshop creates amazing masks

A combined Mask Making and Commedia workshop run by Roberto Andrioli brought participants from the the UK, Canada and the US. They spent 2 weeks in Florence learning about the the art of mask making and producing their own masks. The participants also had a chance to enhance their Commedia dell’Arte acting skills. The group made sure to explore the delights of Florence and visit the Uffizi Gallery, Cinque Terre and have a beautiful evening watching the sunset in Piazza Michelangelo.

Thank you to all the participants, instructor Roberto Andrioli and  Florence representative Maria DiNoia for a wonderful 2 weeks.

Looking forward to next year!

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Sunset at Piazza Michelangelo

2016 Dates

Here at Go Inspired, we are always working to make sure our fabulous programs grow each year. So far, we have our 2016 dates for our workshops that take place in Florence, Italy. If you haven’t had a chance to spend some time in Italy, what better place to be in the summer than Florence! Beauty everywhere you turn. Spaghetti, gelato, pizza and wine. Breathe in the art and culture that Florence has to offer with one of our 4 workshops. We guarantee an experience that will be remembered forever.

Commedia dell’Arte: June 27-July 22, 2015. The workshop will run for 4 weeks but for those who can only participate for a shorter amount of time can join the group the first 2 weeks.

Italian Design Workshop: June 27-July 15, 2016. The Design workshop will be 3 weeks and will include one full day in Milan. A chance to get to know architecturally both famous Italian cities.

Mask Making Workshop: July 4-15, 2016. This is an amazing hands-on workshop that will show you how to make your own masks from start to finish. Go home with a beautiful mask designed and made by you!

Historical Dance Workshop: July 11-15, 2016. Join this 1-week workshop and go back in time to the age of the Renaissance. A fun way to spend a week in Florence.

 

Summer Camp in USA 2015

Day 1: What a fast adaptation!

June 30th:

Good morning Bethel! First day of our big adventure. The town woke up with a sunny day.

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Primero de todo, los estudiantes recibieron una clase de preparación para aclarar las reglas que deben seguir una vez empiecen a trabajar en los campamentos con niños americanos.

First of all, students took a training lesson, just to clarify the rules they’ll have to follow in the camp they’ll be working. Their faces are poems.

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Cuando acabamos la charla, conocimos a algunos niños pequeños americanos, con los que jugamos un poco y pudimos romper el hielo nada más llegar.

Then, we met some little american children and played with them. It was just an ice-breaker.

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Después del juego, tuvimos un rato para comer y ganar fuerzas para la primera excursión. Caminamos y caminamos desde el llamado Municipal Center hasta la zona de los colegios. Hicimos un tour por el instituto principal de Bethel y disfrutamos de este precioso ambiente.

After that, we had lunch and rise strength for the first excursion. We walked from the Municipal Center to the schools zone. We visited Bethel Highschool and enjoy this pretty environment.

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Finally, we’ve finished the camp and now we’re doing an AMERICAN FOOTBALL workshop!

¡Hemos acabado la jornada y ahora estamos haciendo un taller de FÚTBOL AMERICANO!

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Y para acabar el día, aquí tenemos a Carlos explicándonos un poco que ha hecho hoy. Esto ha sido todo por hoy, nuestro primer día ha acabado fenomenal, como si lleváramos tres meses viviendo aquí.

 

 

Cinque Terre Trip

Traveling to Europe is now cheaper

For those of you who have been itching to go to Europe but the cost of the Euro has been cramping your style, now is your chance!! With the value of the Euro falling, take advantage of Europe while it’s hot. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Our European programs have something for everyone.  See what all the hype is spending a few weeks in the summer in Europe’s famous capital cities.

Cheapest Places in Europe by Huffington Post

Summer in Ireland

Ireland 2015 – Start making your plans for the summer

Green grass, rolling hills, black taxis, medieval castles, Dublin and full immersion in English (as well as so  much more) awaits the students who joins us in Ireland for a month this summer!

The dates for the trip to Ireland will be June 28-July 22, 2015 if leaving from Boston. If leaving from Spain or another country in Europe, the date will be June 29th.

Summer in Ireland 2014

This is a unique opportunity for students who are studying English. It is a trip around Ireland with a group of American students ages 14-18, visiting the spectacular sights, learning about Irish culture and enjoying the amazing things only Ireland has to offer.

For more information, please check out Summer trip to Ireland

 

Ferragamo's Rainbow Sandal

Studying Ferragamo in Italian Interior Design Workshop

Studying Salvatore Ferragamo with Italian Design Workshop in Florence, Italy

Go Inspired’s Italian Interior Design workshop in Florence, Italy each summer gives participants an inside view into the art of Italian Design. Italian Design cannot be talked about without mentioning the famous Salvatore Ferragamo. Studying Ferragamo’s influence is a must when looking at Italian Design.

Has anyone made you a pair of shoes? What about your brother making you a pair of shoes? Well if you were Salvatore Ferragamo’s sibling, you would have said “yes” to both of those questions!

The Beginning…

Born in 1898 as the 11th of 14th children,  Salvatore Ferragamo discovered his calling early. His path in the world of fashion  began when he made his first pair of shoes at the age of 9 for his sisters’ confirmation (what brother does that these days?). Having a passion for shoes, he studied shoemaking in Naples. After his studies he opened a small shop in his parents’ house. But in 1914, he moved to Boston to be with his brother. The visionary that he was, Ferragamo conviced his brothers to move to California.

He found success when he opened a shop that repaired shoes and customized shoes. Celebrities fell in love with his shoes which led him to designing footwear for the cinema. He was knows as the “shoemaker to the stars”. While many would feel complete with this given title, Ferragamo wanted to work on improving his designs as they were pleasing to the eye but hurting the foot. So he studied anatomy, chemical engineering and mathematics at the University of Southern California with the goal of improving his designs.

After thirteen years in the US, Ferragamo left and  returned to Italy, a place that was filled with traditionally skilled craftsmen.  He set up in Florence and during this time, he made shoes for the wealthiest and most powerful women of that age. He also concentrated his efforts in experimenting with design, applying for patents for ornamental and utility models and some related inventions. From 1929-1936, he made his most celebrated designs like the ‘wedges’. In the period post war, Ferragamo’s shoes were the symbol of Italy’s renovation. He invented  the stiletto heels which were worn by Marilyn Monroe and the famous gold sandals. He also used several innovative materials like wood, cork, metal wire, felt, candy wrappers and glass-like synthetic resins to make shoes.

His designs were art, some strange and others traditionally elegant, but they were  inspirations to other footwear designers of his time and beyond. At the age of 62, Salvatore Ferragamo died.  The Ferragamos Salvatore company, now an Italian luxury goods company,  has expanded its operations to include luxury shoes, bags, eyewear, silk accessories, watches, perfumes and a clothing line. At his death his wife Wanda and later their six children (Fiamma, Giovanna, Fulvia, Ferruccio, Massimo and Leonardo) ran the Ferragamo company.  Its headquarters are in Florence, Italy.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Legacy Continues

Now there is a museum dedicated to Ferragamo’s life and work which is in the Palazzo Spini Feroni which serves as an inspiration for present and future designers. Each year there is a different exhibition showcasing different elemensts of his work. Beginning April 19th, a new exhibit titled “The Amazing shoemaker” will look at the world of fairy tales “in which adults and children continue to experience reality in its many and varied statements through the mechanisms of fantasy and transfiguration”.  This exhibit will look at fairy tales through modern eyes. ” As if now, more than ever, there was the need to address through the paths mysterious fantasy and dream the solutions, the answers to the set of moral questions, doubts and problems that plague our times. It is in times of crisis that presents itself increases the need to fantasize with imagination and overcome obstacles and fears. It is a universal necessity since this instinct is paramount. That is why fairy tales are considered inexhaustible reservoir of our archetypes, of our primitive experiences”.

A highlight and important part of the Italian Interior Design Workshop in Italy is the exploration of Salvatore Ferragamo’s works of art. Participants will have a chance to have a special guided tour in his museum to carefully explore his style and his designs.

The Italian Interior Design workshop in Florence, Italy is 3-weeks from June 30-July 18th. Participants will work 4 hours a day and have a chance to explore Florence and Tuscany in their free time.

The cost is 2300 Euros which includes accommodation and the workshop. For more information on this Italian Interior Design workshop, check out

Italian Interior Design Workshop in Italy

Information taken from http://www.museoferragamo.it/en/

 

Milan Furniture Fair-Tour and Explore

Milan Furniture Fair

Watch Milan be transformed with the International Furniture Fair

Filled with unique objects from talented new designers and well-known companies, the International Furniture Fair is a showcase for interiors. The Milan Furniture Fair first made its appearance in 1961. The idea behind it was that it would be a way to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market. The goal was accomplished and today the fair attracts visitors from all over the world to see the latest in home furnishings.  It is the largest trade fair of its kind showcasing the latest in design furnishings from around the world.

Every year hundreds of designers showcase thousands of products for every sector of the home ware market. From lamps to knives, there is something incredible to add to each home.

The 2013 Fair was attended by 285,698 trade operators, 193,024 of them were from foreign countries, over 38,000 members of the public and 6,578 communication operators. The fair exhibits the newest designs in furnishing at top quality.

Don’t miss out and join the next International Fair in Milan April 8-13, 2014 when Milan itself is turned into a showcase.

If you are looking to go behind the scenes to this fair, join our Tour and Explore program as Italian Architect Katia Santuccio takes you around in the fair. You will see Milan and the fair through another set of designer eyes!

For more information, check out our program: Milan Furniture Fair Tour and Explore Program

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Christmas in Florence, Italy

Christmas Activities and Events

At Go Inspired, we have many programs in Florence, Italy during the summer. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do in the winter as well! With the holiday season approaching, Florence has tons of events to make you get into the spirit. From German Christmas markets to a beautiful Christmas tree, Florence has something for everyone.

 

Check out this list of activities from The Florentine by Rose Mackworth-Young   (issue no. 193/2013 / November 21, 2013)

Christmas fairs and markets

British Institute Christmas Fair

Arts, crafts, books, gifts and food in the Harold Acton Library. December 13, 3-6pm, The British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 15, www.britishinstitute.it.

 

German Christmas market

Warm up with mulled wine, strudel and hotdogs and admire handmade Christmas gifts from all over Europe. Until December 15, 10am-8pm, piazza Santa Croce, www.mercatini-natale.com.

 

The Magic of Advent

One of the biggest Christmas fairs in Tuscany: hot food stands, Father Christmas, market stalls, 1000 nativity scenes and more. December 15 and 22, Palazzuolo sul Senio, www.palazzuoloturismo.it.

 

Emergency market

Charity market to raise money for Emergency. Food, wine, toys, natural cosmetics, artisan products and more. Until December 24, via de’ Ginori 14, www.emergency.firenze.it.

 

Festival of Fusigno

Welcome in Christmas Day by eating sausages and drinking local wine round a huge bonfire in the centre of Londa. Evening of December 24, www.comune.londa.fi.it.

 

Activities

Giovedì al Quadrato

Create a handmade Christmas decoration for free in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, accompanied by live music. December 12, 7.30pm, www.palazzostrozzi.org

Toscana Winter Park

All ages will enjoy this array of winter sports, as well as food, drink, exhibition stands and entertainment for children. Until March 2, 2014, Obihall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, www.firenzewinterpark.it.

 

Skating rink at the Parterre

Enjoy some festive ice skating over the Christmas period. Until January 6, 2014, 8am-11.30pm, Parterre, piazza della Libertà, www.firenzeturismo.it.

 

For children

Christmas with the elves

Meet Santa and his elves, taste cakes by Mrs. Claus, listen to music, go on donkey rides and check out the market stalls- all in the historic streets round Pisa’s Logge dei Banchi. Until December 24, www.comune.pisa.it.

 

Santa’s Grotto

Meet Santa and his elves, and take part in a series of creative activities such as cake making, drawing and horse riding. Until January 6, 2014, Castello delle Terme Tamerici, Montecatini Terme, www.lacasadibabbonatale.it.

 

Concerts

Concert by the Fiesole Music School

Christmas concert in St James Church. December 13, 5.30pm, http://stjames.it.

 

Zumpa & Balla

Get out your Rudolf nose or Santa hat for this crazy Christmas fancy dress concert! December 13, 9.30pm, Viper Theater, via Pistoiese/via Lombardia, www.viperclub.eu.

 

The King’s Singers

English a cappella group in concert. December 16, 9pm, Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 18, www.amicimusica.fi.it.

 

Christmas readings and concert

An evening of festive readings with music by the concert choir of St Mark’s Anglican church. December 18, 6pm, The British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 15, www.britishinstitute.it.

 

Christmas Concert by the Maggio Musicale

Music by Bach and Scarlatti, and tradizional Christmas songs from the Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. December 19, 8.30pm, Auditorium S.Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, piazza di S. Stefano 1, www.maggiofiorentino.com.

 

Christmas concert at St James Church

Concert by The French School in Florence. December 19, 7.30pm, St James Church, via B. Rucellai 9, T 055294417, http://stjames.it.

 

Concert at the Natural History Museum

Il Tempio delle Muse, by the University of Florence orchestra. December 22, 12pm, Natural History Museum, via Romana 17, www.msn.unifi.it.

 

Music in Santa Croce church

Christmas concert by the Piccolo Coro Melograno children’s choir. December 23, 6.30pm, www.piccolocoromelograno.it.

 

Orchestra della Toscana

Christmas concert including suites from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours. December 24, 5pm, Teatro Verdi, Florence, www.orchestradellatoscana.it.

Religious Services

Advent lessons and carols

Traditional musical service followed by parish lunch. December 15, 11am, St James Church, via B. Rucellai 9, http://stjames.it.

 

Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Mark’s Church of England

December 22, 6pm, via Maggio 16, T 055294764, www.stmarksitaly.com.

 

Christmas services at St James American Church (Episcopalian)

Christmas Eve: 6pm Parish Eucharist and Christmas Pageant; 11pm Christmas Midnight Mass. Christmas Day: Eucharist at 11am. St James Church, via B. Rucellai 9, T 055294417, http://stjames.it.

 

Christmas services at St. Mark’s Church of England

Christmas Eve: 5.30pm Evening Prayer; 11pm Christmas midnight service. Christmas Day: 10.30am Sung High Mass of the Nativity; 5.30pm Said Mass. St. Mark’s Church of England, via Maggio 16, T 055294764, www.stmarksitaly.com

 

Nativity Scenes

Christmas in the World: A collection of over a thousand nativity scenes from all over the world, displayed in the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Valdarno (AR). Until January 6, 2014, www.natalenelmondo.it.

 

Other towns known for their nativity scenes displayed in their historic centres are Palazzuolo sul Senio, Cerreto Guidi, San Godenzo, Calenzano, Castelfiorentino and Cigoli (most of them remain at least until January 6).

Nativity re-enactments

Several towns put on re-enactments of the Christmas story, involving hundreds of residents and animals, and large parts of the historic centres, and bringing to life the angels, shepherds, oxen, Wise Men and, of course, the magical manger scene. Towns hosting these so-called ‘living nativity scenes’ include Casole d’Elsa (www.casole.it), Rosignano Maritime (www.comune.rosignano.livorno.it), Lari (www.prolocolari.it), Barga (www.comune.barga.lu.it), Ceretto Guidi (www.comune.cerreto-guidi.fi.it) and Castiglion Fiorentino (www.prolococastiglionfiorentino.it).

We hope you enjoy the holiday season in Florence, Italy. Thanks to the  Florentine, Christmas in Florence 2013