2019 Summer in Florence dates!

We  wrapped up a fabulous summer in Florence and are just getting back on our feet. We were lucky to have a wide range of ages and countries represented this year with our Commedia dell’Arte and Mask Making Workshops.

Now we are already getting ready for summer 2019. Don’t let time escape you! Sign up now to reserve your place and spend 2 weeks in Florence, Italy.

2019 Dates

Commedia dell’Arte: July 15-26

Mask Making: July 15-26

Italian Design: July 1-12

Roberto sharing his Mask Making knowledge

Roberto sharing his Mask Making knowledge


Students hard at work making their own masks

Students hard at work making their own masks

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Commedia dell'Arte

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop Adds Dates

Calling all actors and mask makers!!! We have the perfect way to spend 2 weeks this summer. Combine your love for traveling and exploring with your desire to improve your acting skills through learning about Commedia dell’Arte. This year the course will feature two days of learning about and creating your own Commedia dell’Arte mask.

The course will run Monday-Friday July 16-27th with weekends free to explore beautiful Tuscany. Optional trips will be available.

The cost is 1995 euros which includes the 40-hour workshop and double accommodation in an apartment in the center of Florence.


Commedia and Mask workshop

A summer that will NOT disappoint!

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop

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 2015 Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Florence, Italy

Six participants from different countries descended upon Florence, Italy and spent the summer learning about Commedia dell’Arte from 2 talented Italian actors. The workshop, in its 5th year, brought a lot of laughs, new friendships and of course, learning about Commedia, its characters, physical work and dance. Not to mention the amazing time spending the summer in Florence, Italy, visiting museums, trips to hot springs, exploring beautiful Cinque Terre and of course, eating the famous Italian cuisine. The next Commedia dell’Arte workshop will take place in summer 2016. Start making your plans for an incredible summer.

Commedia Workshop

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Sunset Group picture

Italian Design Workshop in Italy Week 1

What does a shoe designer to the stars, Ferrari, Indiana Jones and James Bond have in common? Week one of Summer 2014 in Florence with Go Inspired!!! Italian design Workshop in Italy

The first week has been jam packed with intensive studio time and trips around Florence and Italy. Expanding the ideas of the participants as they adventure through their first week living abroad is just the beginning of what Go Inspired offers.
So, beginning the week at Museo Ferragamo the participants are treated to a fully comprehensive docent tour of the museum and any and all questions are answered between the docent and Katia. Everyone left the museum with visions of their project incubating in their minds! This years exhibition is Equilibrium and so viewing the balance of life and design will play into their final projects. To see a different perspective on a designer museum, Museo Gucci was next in the list. Gaining knowledge from various designers and architects and what Florence has to offer kicks off this project of Equilibrium!
Ferrari, ah the gorgeous lines of pure Italian design, but it is the leather seats that connect us back to Go Inspired! An afternoon trip to S.P. A. Z. I. O. 360  and Palona Frau showroom is a sensory filling adventure, from marble, terra cotta, wood species, to the buttery soft leather chairs.  The guided visit walked us through the world of Italian design with an emphasis on the materials used to create great works.
 Italian design in Italy
Friday, the group each turned into their best Indiana Jones as we climbed aboard a Land Rover and made our way up to the mine sites of Carrara! The mountain paths are not for the faint at heart, but the prize was amazing!!! The vast sea of marble cut out from the mountain was awe inspiring, breathe taking, amazing! The view from the peak let you see out the the sea and understand why Carrara is perfect, with mining and distribution so compact. The guide was amazing to give us time for photography as well as to answer the endless questions this group of designers had! We descended down a road used in Quantum of Solace and became part of the history of movie making in Hollywood and Italy! After an amazing drive through the caves we arrived in to see where the great Italian sculptures picked their marble. A walk through the town of Carrara for Marble Weeks and this group was ready for a relaxing train home to Firenze! Ciao for now!
Trips for Italian Design Workshop
Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Spending time in Florence, Italy? Which sights should you see? What restaurants will suit your budget? So many questions! Don’t be afraid or overwhelmed. We have all your answers plus great tips for your trip in our Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy. Florence is an amazing city so whether you have 2 days or 2 months, each day will be special.

One of Go Inspired’s goals is that you get the most out of your experience in Florence. That  is why we created the ebook. Please take the time to read it and feel free to provide us with feedback! If there is a place you think should be added to the list, let us know.

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Florence’s Best Kept Secret

Florence has many amazing sights and places to discover. We came across an article we wanted to share with you. According to BBC, the Vasari Corrido is a place you must not miss when in Florence. This is the passage that was built by the Medici family that links the Uffizi Gallery to Palazzo Pitti. It is generally closed to the public but by special appointment through the Uffizi Gallery for small groups, it is possible to arrange a trip.

If you have some time in Florence and can make it work, we definitely recommend visiting it!

Florence’s Best Kept Secret

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Florence is considered one of the World’s Best Cities

According to a CNN article World’s Best Cities 2013 Florence was listed as one of the World’s Best Cities.  Italy and Spain had a good showing in the list.

Here are the top 10:

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2. Budapest, Hungary
3. Florence, Italy
4. Salzburg, Austria
5. Charleston, South Carolina, United States
5. San Sebastián, Spain
7. Vienna, Austria
8. Rome, Italy
9. Siena, Italy
10. Québec City

What do you think? Is this a fair representation?