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Reviews of ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy

Total number of reviews: 117
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy
4.5/5.0 
(117 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.5/5.0 
Facilities 3.9/5.0 
Social activities 4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.6/5.0 
Value for money 4.3/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.2/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
15. Aug. 2016
1. (32 years)  -  Ireland
1. Standard PLUS \'Made in Italy\' (20 Group + 5 Individual) - 3 weeks

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12. Apr. 2016
2. (55 years)  -  United States
2. Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 5 weeks

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Most of teachers are very good.
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Take classes in winter time to avoid too many students, especially students from America.
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I loved the teachers and the trip to the museum with the teachers. I learned so much about arts and history, besides Italian.
8. Apr. 2016
3. (32 years)  -  United States
3. Standard - 2 weeks

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My teacher as well as the entire staff were excellent!
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The school's location couldn't be better. There are several great options for a quick, or leisurely, lunch nearby after class either on Piazza Santa Croce or nearby Via dei Neri!
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Absolutely wonderful experience. I would definitely return.
2. Nov. 2015
4. (62 years)  -  Sweden
4. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Excellent teachers, small classes.
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Visit all the lovely churches and museums in Florence!
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Good location
12. Oct. 2015
5. Elena (55 years)  - 
5. Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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5. Oct. 2015
6. (66 years)  -  Australia
6. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Great atmosphere, friendly staff and very professional teachers
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Florence has a lot to offer to meet individual tastes.
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It was a great experience for me and has motivated me to continue to study the language.
1. Oct. 2015
7. (42 years)  - 
7. Standard - 7 weeks

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The teachers because they are excellent, the activities and the fact that they always paid attention to us.
28. Sep. 2015
8. (55 years)  - 
8. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The organization. The teaching of grammar with Piero.
28. Sep. 2015
9. (56 years)  - 
9. Standard - 1 week

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The organization. Punctuality of teaching. Nice teachers.
23. Sep. 2015
10. (60 years)  - 
10. 50+ Course - 2 weeks

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I could learn the grammars with a right speed. It was good that I had enough homework. As the afternoon activities were one-to-one style, my teacher explained me in English sometimes and I could know about the culture and the art in Florence. I'm 60 years old and one of my classmates was 80 years old. The school had a friendly environment and even an older person like me could feel comfortable to join the course. However, some of my classmates felt stressed to learn grammars. I had a good time with the excursions to Lucca and museums. I won't forget the delicious Italian dishes that we prepared and cooked at the school director's house.
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Although I was a beginner, I studied Italian with a NHK program for three months just before going to the school and could have some basic knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. I also could introduce myself in Italian already. Therefore, I didn't have a very hard time at the beginning. Even though you're in a beginner level, I recommend you to study beforehand.
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Morning course consisted of grammar section and conversation section for 1.5 hour each. I couldn't speak well during the conversation session. I was suggested by the school before starting the second week that it would be better to change to private lessons, however I kept taking the group course. If you prefer to study seriously, I recommend you to take private lessons.
22. Sep. 2015
11. (80 years)  -  United States
11. Standard - 2 weeks

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Teaching, cordiality of all staff
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Study before attending
15. Aug. 2015
12. (65 years)  -  United States
12. Standard PLUS Lunch with the Teacher - 3 weeks

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The staff was helpful and friendly, very welcoming. Clean setting.
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There is no air conditioning, rooms were warm. Make sure to ask about distance of homestay from school.
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Great location, easy access to all major sites. My teachers were committed to helping students learn Italian. Patient.
9. Jul. 2015
13. Maria (70 years)  -  Brazil
13. 50+ Course - 2 weeks

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3. Jul. 2015
14. (65 years)  -  Australia
14. Standard - 2 weeks

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Friendly staff, I had a great teacher, location was excellent.
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Keep checking the school's notice board for information about changes! Good coffee/lunch cafe on the corner near the school.
23. Jun. 2015
15. (33 years)  -  Hong Kong
15. Standard - 1 week

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The teachers are very nice and they try their best to accommodate students' needs and concerns.
22. Jun. 2015
16. (66 years)  -  Israel
16. Standard - 4 weeks

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Training and learning methods, The teachers, School Location
2. Jun. 2015
17. (59 years)  -  United Kingdom
17. Standard - 3 weeks

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The small classes and the teachers and secretaries were so friendly.
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Go to all the outings!
18. May. 2015
18. (38 years)  - 
18. Standard - 2 weeks

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very friendly welcome, very available and patient teachers
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the level test at the beginning?
16. Mar. 2015
19. Daniel (24 years)  -  Belgium
19. Standard - 2 weeks

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17. Nov. 2014
20. (72 years)  -  United States
20. Standard - 2 weeks

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Teachers, & students were all interesting and helpful
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Be prepared.
17. Nov. 2014
21. (32 years)  -  Ukraine
21. Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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Value for money is really good. Location of the school is fantastic, in the very historical center of Florence.
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Very good and professional personnel. Smart organisation of studying process. Mi raccomando!
3. Nov. 2014
22. (67 years)  - 
22. Conversation Course - 2 weeks

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The teachers !! No, joking aside. Everyone was very nice to me and had enough patience
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Old and young should be separated. Ihad barely contact with the young ones. Unfortunately, they striked out on their own. Learning is also easier for them.
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None, everything was fine
20. Oct. 2014
23. (60 years)  -  Australia
23. Standard - 2 weeks

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The rigorous approach to grammar, the teacher ensured that everyone understood the grammatical point before moving on, the teacher had many strategies for explaining difficult material.
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Several teachers are qualified tourist guides and run tours for the school, e.g the Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio.
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All staff are very amenable to questions and discussion and all are friendly and professional.
15. Sep. 2014
24. (60 years)  -  Israel
24. Standard - 3 weeks

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The ambiance ...and the tours with Serena
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Catherine was the best teacher ...
19. Jul. 2014
25. (65 years)  -  Australia
25. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Very organised
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Excellent excursions
8. Jul. 2014
26. (46 years)  -  United States
26. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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small class size
26. May. 2014
27. (20 years)  - 
27. Standard - 4 weeks

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Very professional, always willing to help students.
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Follow the day-to-day life of local people.
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Very good follow-up.
12. May. 2014
28. (64 years)  - 
28. Standard - 1 week

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Relationships with teachers and the two classes I participated in.
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Brancacci chapel, garden roses and San Miniato's church, Bargello
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A very warm welcome, listening to all needs
4. Nov. 2013
29. (63 years)  - 
29. Standard - 2 weeks

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23. Oct. 2013
30. (65 years)  -  Canada
30. Senior courses - 2 weeks

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Our program was wonderful, perfect balance of the classroom hours and other activities. Our teachers, Francesco, Giulia and Brenda were marvelous, with great teaching skills, and a fountain of information.
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Participate in many activities!
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Well organized school with very nice and kind people.
21. Oct. 2013
31. Runa (29 years)  -  Norway
31. Duetto (2 Students-1 Teacher) - 1 week

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14. Oct. 2013
32. (66 years)  -  Canada
32. Senior courses - 2 weeks

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teachers and Brenda's programs
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Some organized renaissance art segments in Italian in the classroom as an addition would be of interest.
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We were especially impressed by Giulia's dedication and professionalism. She was a delight. This is not to take away from Francesco's contribution, of course, he too is an excellent teacher; but I guess I am biased by Giulia's beauty and grace:) -John
2. Oct. 2013
33. (29 years)  - 
33. Standard - 2 weeks

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Open, friendly teachers, family atmosphere
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For longer stays , an apartment might be a good choice. Excursions in Tuscany
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All right!
25. Aug. 2013
34. (46 years)  - 
34. Standard - 2 weeks

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a very friendly atmosphere
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Very nice teacher, especially Serena, Jessica, interesting excursions, generally it was very useful to learn from native speakers
14. Aug. 2013
35. (26 years)  -  Russian Federation
35. Standard - 1 week

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very professional and helpful team
9. Jul. 2013
36. (30 years)  -  Switzerland
36. Standard - 3 weeks

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Friedly staff and very experinced teachers. Excellent teaching methodology!
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The quality of teaching aso depends on other students in the class, so can vary from week to week as new students join or leave....a bit of a question of individual luck.
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Great school! Would love to go back soon!
13. May. 2013
37. (36 years)  -  Finland
37. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Great teachers, good location.
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School activities.
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Good value for money.
11. Mar. 2013
38. (31 years)  - 
38. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Perhaps the proposed activities : to my great regret, I could not participate
29. Oct. 2012
39. (65 years)  - 
39. Senior courses (2 Wochen) + Standardkus (2 Wochen) - 4 weeks

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The female teachers. No, just kidding! The individual program for 50+ students was simply genius.
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Lucca, Friesole and the Chanti-area.
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I was completely satisfied!
7. Aug. 2012
40. Ornella (17 years)  - 
40. ITALIAN ART HISTORY - a) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Wandering in Florentine churches and Museum - 2 weeks

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30. Apr. 2012
41. (67 years)  - 
41. Standard - 2 weeks

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The nice contact with teachers and students, the hospitality, the small groups (between 3 and 8)
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museums, churches, excursions in Tuscan cities ( Lecce, Pisa , Siena .), Chianti
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A small school, a family atmosphere, teachers who like their job.
26. Mar. 2012
42. (21 years)  - 
42. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 3 weeks

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The school staff and teachers are all friendly and open.
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If you have a question, please ask to a teacher. He should explain you till you understand.
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Homelike atmosphere. When I was in school, there were very few Japanese students. Therefore, I had to immerse myself in Italian.
22. Nov. 2011
43. (64 years)  -  Sweden
43. Senior course - 1 week

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The personel
7. Nov. 2011
44. Ysabel (64 years)  - 
44. Standard - 4 weeks

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Florence is an extraordinary city.
6. Oct. 2011
45. (38 years)  -  United States
45. Standard - 2 weeks

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The teachers were competent and pretty, and they were all friendly; I also joined a few organized activities (day trip to Lucca and museum visits) that were quite informative.
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If the queue for the toilets is too long, there is one downstairs in room 7.
3. Aug. 2011
46. Jennifer (25 years)  - 
46. Standard - 2 weeks

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31. Jul. 2011
47. Elphège (18 years)  -  France
47. Standard - 2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2011
48. (61 years)  -  Sweden
48. Standard - 2 weeks

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The quality of teaching
30. Jun. 2011
49. (25 years)  - 
49. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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Competent staff and good organization
29. Jun. 2011
50. (28 years)  - 
50. INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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The teaching staff and education structures are great.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Intensive group courses in the afternoon
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Great organisation (basement car park etc.)

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