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About Us

We are a non-profit organisation on a mission to balance the canon and make classical study abroad opportunities more accessible.


We currently do this through interdisciplinary courses in Florence across the fields of Classics, Latin, Italian, Art, History and the Renaissance which:

  • promote independent and critical thinking

  • strengthen language and research skills

  • shed light on lesser-known primary sources and perspectives

Our philosophy 

We believe in making classical learning experiences more accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our philosophy is to question everything and encourage students to engage with the past with "fresh eyes". As an academy, we are intellectually curious and politically independent. When you enrol on a course with us, you are joining a community of independent thinkers!

Our pedagogy 

At Forte Academy we teach students how to think, not what to think. Most of our tutors are qualified teachers as well as researchers, who combine engaging and learner-centred pedagogy with the academic rigour of postgraduate study. Our courses tend to draw links between past and present and place a strong emphasis on primary sources and understudied material. Find out more about our director, Florence Forte, and the current team of guest tutors here.

We believe that to live and learn in Italy with like-minded individuals can be a life-changing experience and authentic cultural immersion is a fundamental part of this learning process. For this reason, our courses in Italy always include a combination of experiences in context, hands-on workshops, language drop-ins, site visits and a Cultural Programme of events to ensure a well-rounded experience. Since 2018, we have welcomed school-leavers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers, lecturers, artists, writers, and independent learners on courses at Forte Academy (View our Gallery).

How can you get involved? If you'd like to organise a private group trip for your school or university students, please fill out our booking form. If you're a department or individual in a position to support our scholarship fund, please consider making a donation. If you're a teacher and researcher on a similar mission to Forte Academy, contact us and we'd love to work with you! Finally, stay updated by following us on Instagram or joining our monthly MOON Letter.

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