Craft Activities to travel & learn with Creative Italy

At the beginning of 2019 we announced the launch of Creative Italy, our new platform that helps to preserve ancient traditions and to support artisans by providing curious travellers with authentic craft courses and experiences. The project, created in collaboration with our partners Italian Special Occasions DMC, aims at bridging the gap between the “artigiani” and those who want to learn about their trade as a hobby or for their own profession.

Although it is less than one year old, we are very happy with the positive feedback and requests not only from tourists, but also by artisans. While most people assume that artisans are older people, Creative Italy has discovered many young people who have decided to abandon their frenetic jobs in favour of learning a new profession where they get to use their hands, brain and creativity. Some of these stories are shared on Creative Italy’s blog, for example in the article “Who are the Artisans?” and in the interviews with a dressmaker in Florence and winemakers in Maremma Tuscany.


What about tourists? More and more travellers are interested in doing craft activities during their Italian holidays for different reasons, for example to enrich their experience and knowledge about the local destination, to enjoy their hobby away from home, or to improve their skills if they are artisans themselves. Or a bit of everything! This was the case of Henrik from Sweden, who was traveling in Sicily during summer 2019 and decided not to spend all his time at the beach. Instead, he thought that he would learn more about the island’s heritage and his hobby (ceramics) with some authentic activities. His online search led him to the website of Creative Italy, whose team worked on a personalised proposal based on his itinerary and length of stay.

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Henrik chose to sign up for a sculpture course in Palermo, a ceramics workshop in Caltagirone, and a Cooking Class in Milazzo. He is a car designer and used to work with 3D forms every day, but not with animals: maestro Francesco put him to the test with a fun and interesting task, which consisted in replicating an ancient lion sculpture. Henrik shares that: “Working on an easel is a bit like doing a 3D painting, which was new to me. Now I think I can do sculptures from photographs since this method means you can see shadows and highlights in a very good way”. So, this turned out to be useful exercise not only for his leisure time but maybe even for his career!

Pottery Course Sicily

Another detail that made the experience special for Henrik, was the fact that he attended the pottery course in a family-owned, traditional ceramics company in the middle of nowhere, although near the beautiful town of Caltagirone: “I am perhaps a bit different in that I am not so interested in places where all the tourists go. It makes you feel more part of the society rather than a tourist. (…) Here you almost become part of the family and they invited me to their daughter’s birthday party, which was a nice gesture”.

Ceramics Course Sicily

When in Milazzo, Henrik appreciated the simplicity and richness of home cooking with fresh ingredients from the vegetable garden. He prepared several Sicilian-style dishes with the host and chef, Giuliana. Her Bed & Breakfast is surrounded by a luscious garden, where Henrik would enjoy his meals with some chilled wine. In addition to the cooking lessons, he joined an excursion to Stromboli where he saw the volcano erupt!

You can read Henrik’s full testimonial in this article: “Activity Holidays in Sicily: Henrik’s Craft Experience”. Visit the website of Creative Italy for more ideas and experiences.



History of Art Courses in

History of Art Courses in Florence and Venice

When thinking about where to study art history in Italy, there are two cities that immediately come up to mind thanks to their amazing buildings, statues, museums, and all the artists that were born or worked there. We are talking about taking art history courses in Florence and in Venice, which became UNESCO World Heritage Sites respectively in 1982 and 1987.

Here you will find history and art behind every corner and will be able to experience it with all your senses: admire famous paintings and statues; listen to powerful operas in the theatre; touch precious leatherwork and glasswork hand-made by local artisans; inhale the fragrance of the rose gardens and of the artisanal perfume-making workshops; taste traditional dishes that are still prepared with ancient recipes.

If you decide to study History of Art in Florence or Venice, you will be inspired and engaged both creatively and intellectually, thanks to the variety of cultural and social events and activities that you can join.


History of Art Course in Florence

Florence was the birthplace of artists like Filippo Brunelleschi, Cimabue, Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante Alighieri and Niccolò Macchiavelli, and of the most powerful patrons of Renaissance culture, such as Lorenzo de’ Medici. The city also contains many museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti. Due to its artistic and architectural heritage, Florence still exerts an influence in the fields of art and culture.

Studiainitalia offers a short History of Art course in Florence, composed of 10 one-to-one lessons in one week. Special attention is paid to the history of Florentine painting and architecture. The course includes guided visits to specific places and artworks of interest in the city. You can choose one or more art history programmes, for example: From the Middle ages to the early Renaissance, Mannerist Art and The Seicento (among others).

History of Art Course in Florence
Rima is our guide and art historian in Tuscany!

For a full immersion, you can combine your art history course in Florence with Italian classes in the same school. And you can choose from different types of accommodation (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school, which is in the historic centre. For more information and costs, see Art history course in Florence.


History of Art Course in Venice

In addition to famous painters and artists that were born in Venice, such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Vivaldi, many other artists from all over Italy worked here, like Titian, Palladio and Monteverdi. And don’t forget the local yet international adventurers, Marco Polo and Giacomo Casanova. Venice is a living museum, thanks to its mesmerizing attractions such as St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco.

Studiainitalia offers History of Art courses in Venice: our school is in a historical building with a wide terrace overlooking one of the most beautiful squares! You can sign up for a course of one or two weeks, with lessons held in the morning or in the afternoon for three hours a day. The art history programme allows you to join guided tours around Venice to discover its artistic and architectural masterpieces.

History of Art Course in Venice

For a full immersion, you can combine your art history course in Venice with an Italian course. And you can choose from different types of accommodation (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school. For more information and costs, see Art history course in Venice.



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Learning Holiday in Italy: Student Experiences 2019

A learning holiday in Italy is what you need if you dream of studying art in the birthplace of the Renaissance, of learning Italian, of creating or restoring objects by using century-old craft techniques. At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of courses and experiences that are ideal for a study holiday in Italy - for individual students, groups or even families - from all over the world.

We proudly share our local knowledge, expertise, and passion to create inspiring learning holiday experiences in Italy. But don’t just take our word for it! Some of our recent students share their Italian course experiences with us.

Vanessa – Italian in Salerno (August 2019)

I just came back from Salerno and I am delighted. Federica proposed this destination to me, and it was perfect. I am in love with the South of Italy, with its gastronomy, culture, villages, history ... When I arrived at the airport in Naples, I was unable to say a word in Italian, but now after the 3-week language course I can have a conversation. In addition to learning the language, I had two cooking classes that were some of the best activities. It has been a great vacation, I will repeat it.

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Denise – Shoemaking in Florence (July 2019)

I loved the shoe making course. Daniele was knowledgeable and patient with us. Two weeks was enough time to learn the process and leave with a unique pair of shoes. My only suggestion is for those who are based in Firenze, the fabulous art city, that the class be from 9am to 1pm daily so that we could have explored the city more fully. The workshop was a 40 minute bus ride from our housing which we found an interesting and enjoyable ride. The 3 hour break from 12:30-3:30  had to filled, as everything in the neighborhood was closed. The apartment was in a perfect spot 2 blocks from the Pitti Palace… we felt like natives. The once in a lifetime experience was fabulous and I would highly recommend this for anyone willing to learn and enjoy a fun filled holiday in Italia.

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Eric – Bookbinding in Florence (March 2019)

My bookmaking experience with Simonetta exceeded expectations. By the end of the workshop I went away with things — both tangible as well as intangible — that will last a lifetime. Fun!
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Alice – Antique Books and Paper Restoration (August 2019)

I did two courses in Florence and the whole process with Studiainitalia was very smooth. Federica was very helpful and available. Being in Simonetta’s studio was a dream come true. I had some little previous experience but her expertise got things in another perspective. Her level of Quality is remarkable and we approached subjects related to Paper crafts that I didn’t even know existed. I am Looking foward to putting everything I learned into test and I would definetly like to come back as soon as possible. She is super sweet and made me feel very welcome.

Keren – Furniture Restoration (July 2019)

I loved the experience. I loved working with the master craftsman in furniture restoration. I learned a lot. They always provided me with complete information about the course and the apartment where I was going to stay. The stay in the assigned apartment was also very pleasant.
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Matias – Italian in Verona (August 2019)
I recommend StudiainItalia and especially their school in Verona, they adapt completely to your level and needs, offer accommodation with local people and all kinds of group activities to immerge you into the culture of Verona and Italy. A hug to the staff!


At Studiainitalia we are also happy to share that, throughout the years, some of our students even found their better half while they were in Italy for their learning holiday. Some even got married!

We take great pride in leaving our students with new skills, memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. If you need any help in choosing the best course in Italy for your needs and wishes, please contact us.




Italian Coast: where to learn Italian near the sea

With the way it sounds and its important history, there is an undeniable romance and beauty to the Italian language. The same can be said of the sea with its soothing yet powerful waves. Today, we are going to give you a brief description of the different coastal towns where you can learn Italian if you want to travel and learn close to the sea.

This small town in Sardinia has a population of about 45 thousand inhabitants, but its gorgeous beaches, cultural power and historical value make it an amazing and essential choice for anyone looking to learn the language and get a sense of immersion in the culture. Learn Italian in Alghero.

Around 150 thousand people live in Sardinia’s capital. The city offers many historical landmarks worth visiting such as the Royal Palace of Cagliari. Can you imagine yourself learning Italian near the world renowned Poetto beach? Learn Italian in Cagliari.

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With a population of almost 1 million people, this is a gorgeous city with a vibrant atmosphere. It provides beautiful coastal views as well as the imposing Mount Vesuvius climb for those who seek an adventure. Learn Italian in Naples.

With a population of about 15 thousand people, this is a small but gorgeous destination that is quite peaceful and relaxing. The Orbetello Lagoon is definitely a sight to behold and a place for travelers to visit for inspiration. Learn Italian in Orbetello.

Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a popular tourist destination thanks to its location on the Amalfi Coast and its antique and craft shops. It is a small town with 16 thousand inhabitants, but the charm and the rich cultural heritage are undeniable. Learn Italian in Sorrento.

This small town packs immense cultural power despite its size. With a population of 10 thousand people, the Taormina coast is a gorgeous place for anyone to visit. There is plenty of inspiration for those who seek to learn Italian between the Ancient Theater and Mount Etna. Learn Italian in Taormina.

This is a beautiful and lively port city that borders Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. With a population of 240 thousand, this is a great location for those looking to learn Italian in a busy location near the sea. Learn Italian in Trieste.

learn italian coastTropea
Located in the little-known region of Calabria, this is a small village with 6,500 inhabitants and a beautiful coastal scenery. This means you will be entering a very welcoming and relaxing place to learn Italian and embrace the culture of the region. Learn Italian in Tropea.

There isn’t much we could say about Venice that you haven’t heard before. With a population of close to 270 thousand inhabitants, Venice is the ultimate romantic and cultural coastal destination to learn the Italian language. Learn Italian in Venice.

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Summer Sale 2019: Learn Italian in Florence and Cagliari

If you are looking for some last-minute summer deals to learn Italian, Studiainitalia has some special promotions in two beautiful cities.

Summer Discounts in Florence

  • One-week intensive Italian language course with accommodation at the special price of 390 Euro (instead of 450 Euro), if you sign up by 31st July. More information on the Italian language course in Florence here.
  • Sign up for a three-week course and you only pay two: enroll before 31st July and the intensive Italian Course costs 410 Euro for 3 weeks (instead of 525 Euro). More information on the Intensive Italian Course in Florence here.
  • Sign up by 31st August to receive a 50-Euro discount off any Italian course in Florence.

Why Florence?

Firenze is the birthplace of modern Italian language, a symbol of Italian culture and fashion, a cosmopolitan city where you can find amazing works of art and beautiful gardens.

Last-Minute Deal in Cagliari

Why Cagliari?

Sardinia’s capital has numerous open-air archaeological sites and unspoiled natural areas. Also known as “the city of the sun”, it’s the perfect place for a summer on beautiful beaches and to learn about the unique culture and history of this island.

Why learn Italian?

This beautiful video will inspire you…

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for a last-minute summer course in Italy, contact us today: [email protected] +39 329 5616956.

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Do you want to study in Italy? Tips for the best Study Abroad Experience

Studying in Italy provides you with a fantastic opportunity to understand and take in a new culture, to refine your language skills and to make new friends. It can also improve your career opportunities and allow you to find new interests.

Italy is a great country for international students because it offers many quality options for both professional courses and learning holidays. In other words, whether you want to improve your professional skills, or simply enjoy your hobby or experience new activities while on a learning holiday – in Italy you can find the best workshops and programs.


What’s the best way to sign up for a course in Italy?

Do a research on Google, finding and comparing agencies that offer quality courses and interesting leisure activities, have competitive prices, and boast verified positive reviews from past customers.

The most important part is to choose an agency that is specialised in Italy because, often, agencies that also offer other languages don’t personally know the schools that they propose.

Browse the websites of the agencies specializing in educational tourism, and see how transparent and thorough they are with the information about courses, schools, location, services, permits and fees.

Contact them with your questions and doubts to see how quickly and efficiently they reply. This will give you an idea of their expertise and customer care.

Why choose Studiainitalia?

We have been working in the field of educational tourism for over 20 years and won the prestigious “Best Creative Tourism Agency” award by the Creative Tourism Network.

At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of courses that will see you immersing yourself in local culture. We have carefully selected all the schools that we work with. You can join professional courses or embark on a learning holiday in the most famous destinations in Italy – like Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples – or choose from lesser-known yet beautiful towns, like Tropea, Trieste and Todi; among many others.

Finally, our customer service and attention to detail have been praised by hundreds of students and creative travellers throughout the years. Our flexible services will give you the experience you desire with no detail left unattended.


Do you have questions or doubts about studying in Italy?

Join us on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 5pm CEST (4pm BST – 11am ET) for a live chat session on our social media!

Our staff will be online to answer to your questions and you will also be able to see what other users have to ask and say. Join us on your favourite social network:


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Study Fashion in Italy: best courses in Milan, Rome and Florence

If you are considering a unique learning experience in the Fashion industry, then Italy is the place for you. It is home to the most famous fashion and design brands, from century-old family generations excelling in shoemaking and leatherwork, to the modern-day fashion icons of Ferragamo and Gucci, just to name a few. Italy also hosts amazing events related to the world of fashion. Examples include MIFUR (International Leather & Furs Exhibition), Milano Unica (International Italian Top-end Textile Fair), and the shows of Pitti Immagine in Florence and Milan Fashion Week.

Whether you want to study fashion with a short summer course or earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, in Italy you will find the ideal solution for you. Studiainitalia is the official agent for two prestigious academies specialized in fashion and design courses: NABA and Domus Academy, both considered among the 60 best fashion schools in the world! We also collaborate with local artisans that provide professional courses in their typical “bottega” (workshop).

Short Summer Fashion Courses

In Summer 2019, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) will offer two-week intensive programs in the fields of Fashion, Design and Multimedia Arts. You can choose between Milan and Rome, or combine them with the “Dual City” program.

Some of the summer fashion courses in Rome include Costume Design, Fashion Marketing & Communication, and Fashion Image & Styling.
The summer fashion programs in Milan include Fashion Design, Accessories Design, Textile Design and Visual Merchandising.
Guided by skilled Italian and international professionals, you will explore trends in fashion and design, and learn how to research and present a creative idea.

Academic Degrees in Fashion

NABA also offers Bachelor and Master courses in Milan, specifically the BA in Fashion Design and the MA in Fashion and Textile Design. Thanks to NABA’s close connections within the fashion industry, you’ll have the chance to participate in collaborative projects with companies.

Domus Academy was founded by the distinguished fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré. It offers Master degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Management, and Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising. Here too, during your workshops and internship, you’ll have the chance to collaborate on projects with top fashion studios and companies.

Artisanal Courses with Italian fashion artists

Florence has a long tradition as far as fashion is concerned. According to (the region’s official tourism website), Italy’s haute couture was born in Florence at a parade organised in 1951 by the pioneer of Italian fashion Giovanni Battista Giorgini. On that occasion, many international buyers were present, and they discovered the elegance of Made in Italy.

The city has the only museum in Italy dedicated to fashion and its history: it is the Galleria del Costume with a collection of more than 6,000 artefacts! Florence is also home to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum and the Gucci museum, and hosts the prestigious, annual Pitti Immagine fashion events.

What fashion courses can you study in Florence? The best, most authentic way of learning about the “made in Italy” is to get busy with a practical, hands-on course that takes place in the bottega artigianale (artisan’s workshop).

fashion tailoring course italyIf you love sewing, for example, you can sign up for a Creative Sewing Course or for an Advanced Sewing Workshop. These dressmaking courses are aimed at those who want to learn cutting and sewing techniques and want to increase their skills on a practical level.

We all know the importance of visual merchandising and display, so how about a Window Dressing Course in Florence? There is a lot of history, science and experience behind how to design the perfect shop window, how to work with lighting, and how to learn the techniques, modelling and technology of the materials.

Two new entries in our fashion-related courses in Florence are the Hairstyling courses for professional hairdressers, and the Perfume Making course, available for students of all levels.

Choose your Fashion Course in Italy here or contact us for more information.



Learning Holidays for Teenagers and Families in Tuscany

Long work days, endless responsibilities and the routine often prevent us from sharing more precious moments with our family. A family trip is an excellent opportunity to explore the exciting world around us while enjoying quality time and learning experiences for all. Tuscany is the ideal location for making holidays a learning experience, especially for families and children.

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is full of wonders from past artists, scholars and scientists. But culture, art and sightseeing activities are available all around the region, which also offers amazing nature and beaches for summer language holidays near the sea.

Here are two ideas for Educational Family Holidays and Teenager Summer Camps in Tuscany.

Italian Language Holiday for Families in Florence

This programme is conceived for families who wish to have relaxing holidays in Tuscany with their children, learning Italian while also experiencing local life through cultural and social activities. The 7-day experience is available year-round.

Courses take place in the morning and activities in the afternoon. While adults attend their Italian lessons with a certified teacher, the kids enjoy a variety of dedicated activities with specially trained school personnel. In the afternoon, families can experience together the excitement of discovering Florence with shared activities and site visits.


Florence is a wonderful town with innumerable works of art, museums and churches. Despite being a very popular tourist destination, it is still a welcoming and tranquil city. The language school is located in its historic center and is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education.

Studiainitalia can provide families with different accommodation options in Florence, such as private rooms, shared/individual flats and hotels near the school.

Read more information on Italian for families in Florence.

Summer Language Camp for Teenagers in Orbetello

A fun Summer Camp in Tuscany is something you don’t want your children to miss: they can learn Italian while having fun and expanding their cultural horizons. After a careful selection of schools and programs, at Studiainitalia we recommend Orbetello as the best choice for your teenager’s Italian Camp in Tuscany.

Orbetello is a small, serene town that lies in the middle of the namesake lagoon, which is a WWF Nature Reserve. It connects Tuscany’s mainland with the Promontory of Monte Argentario, a dream summer destination for many Italians.

The Summer Programme includes 20 Italian lessons (50 minutes long) per week, course material, computers and wi-fi at school, full-board accommodation plus a variety of supervised leisure, sport and cultural activities. The accommodation is offered by carefully selected, friendly and helpful host families who live near the school.

The duration of the Summer camp can be of 2, 3 or 4 weeks, between June and August. Read more information on Italian language course for young learners in Orbetello.

The tranquil and safe character of Orbetello is a crucial factor for most parents who are looking for the best summer study abroad experience in Italy. And if they want to visit the area and enjoy a summer vacation themselves, they will be surprised by the pristine beaches, food festivals and culture events in the area. Italian courses in Orbetello are also available for adults between April and October.


Hairdressing in Italy: History and Professional Courses

When one thinks of a hairdresser, the first thing that comes to mind is an artisan who specializes in cutting and styling hair. But a parrucchiere (hairdresser in Italian) is much more than that. He or she is an artist who creates and transforms hairstyles, and who can therefore shape the image and even the personality of customers.

A brief history of hairstyling

Archaeologists found the most ancient razors in Egypt: they are 3.500 years old! However, it seems that the first barber shops were conceived by the ancient Greeks: they turned hairstyling into a profession and hair salons became a meeting point for citizens.

In ancient Rome, hair played an important role in rank and social recognition. According to Pliny the Elder, the first illustrious citizen who adopted shaving as a distinctive sign was Roman general and consul Scipio the African.

During the Middle Ages, the practice of barbers-surgeons spread in Europe: in addition to taking care of hair, barbers could perform some minor doctor procedures, such as bloodletting.

In the 1600s, hairdressers go back to focusing their attention and skills on cutting and styling hair, and particularly… wigs! This is the era of extravagant hairstyles and big, powdered wigs used by the European aristocracy. It is also thanks to famous opera pieces like the Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini, that people start considering hairdressers as proper artists of the hair.

From the 1900s onwards, innovative techniques and technologies are developed by and for hairdressers, such as the perm and the hairdryer.

Hairdressing Courses in Italy

As we have seen, the romantic figure of a hairdresser has evolved throughout the years. Italy is home to both the “vecchia bottega” (old workshop), which remains in the heart of those who experience its authentic essence and vitality; and to famous high-fashion hair stylists.
If you are fascinated by this profession and would like to become a hairstylist or improve your skills, you can join a professional hairdressing course in Italy.

Studiainitalia offers two hairstylist courses in Florence, where you can learn with highly qualified and experienced professionals.

The first is a course for professional hairdressers or hair salon directors who wish to discover all the new trends and techniques of Italian hair fashion. It is available for 80 or 120 hours. Read more on the programme and pricing of the “Hair Fashion: cut, colour & hairstyling Course”.

The second is a 12-month “International Hairdresser Qualification Course”, certified by ITEC and VTCT. It offers a complete training, alternating theoretic studies and practice sessions, and is dedicated to those who wish to become successful hairstylists and true professionals in this field. Read more on the programme and pricing of the “International Hairdresser Qualification Course”.


Creative Italy: for artisans & craft lovers

We all love to discover new places and learn about other cultures, but we often forget the valuable experiences that go far beyond sightseeing. At Studiainitalia, together with our partners at Italian Special Occasions DMC, we believe that the best way to experience a destination is to get to know the history and the ancient craftsmanship of the artisans in the area. That’s why we created the Creative Italy platform!

Protecting Ancient Crafts

Not only does Creative Italy help travelers to discover the incredible history and the people behind the most beautiful handmade objects, it also helps to preserve ancient traditions and support artisans.

An artisan is like a gatekeeper for the values, the traditions and the skills of their people. This is something that deserves to be given as much value as possible, and Creative Italy wants to bridge the gap between the “artigiani” and those who want to learn about their trade as a hobby or for their own profession.

Professional Courses, Made in Italy

If you are yourself an artisan and would like to expand your knowledge and learn new techniques, or if you are an aspiring craftsperson, there is no better country than Italy where to attend a professional course.

You will be learning directly with the masters behind the famous “Made in Italy” guarantee of beauty and quality. We are happy to have many testimonials of students who, following a crafts course with Studiainitalia, opened their own workshop abroad or in Italy.

Traditions that give way to creative travel

Learning how an artisan creates an object is an experience that goes beyond simple knowledge: the process is soul enriching and full of spiritual power. Society is stuck in a loop of consumerism and we have lost touch with our creativity and craftsmanship.

If you want to enjoy an authentic, meaningful vacation in Italy by doing more than marvel at sights, choose one of the selected experiences by Creative Italy: you will have the chance to unleash your creativity, meet artisans and come up with your own creations under their expert guidance.

Intrigued? Check out to find your genuine experience in Italy!