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Reviews of Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy

Total number of reviews: 55
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Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy
4.2/5.0 
(55 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
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Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
Value for money 4.0/5.0 
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Shared Flat 3.7/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
16. May. 2016
1. Rossala (63 years)  -  United States
1. Private lessons - 1 week

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Rebekkah was a great instructor who adapted her teaching style to my own goals.
16. May. 2016
2. (66 years)  -  United States
2. One-to-one - 1 week

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Great learning experience.
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Andrea was a great instructor. I learned a great deal of practical information and my skill level improved significantly.
13. Sep. 2015
3. (18 years)  - 
3. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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6. Oct. 2014
4. (72 years)  -  United Kingdom
4. Siena Magnifica - 2 weeks

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All staff and teachers very friendly but at the same time very professional. Hand picked teacher who knew what she was doing (Ilenia and Andrea my guide too)
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You are at the best place, enjoy your course.
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I have enjoyed every minute of my course, made friends with teachers, and students. Everyone gelled, I did not feel different because of my age. Amazing, will come back in 2015. Thank you.
8. Aug. 2013
5. (55 years)  -  Denmark
5. G6 Standard Course- 15 lessons/week - 1 week

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Well organized and good teachers.
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If you want to change level the school is very flexible.
7. May. 2013
6. (35 years)  - 
6. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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Friendly atmosphere, good teaching.
8. Apr. 2013
7. (58 years)  - 
7. C4 - Combined Standard (15 group + 4 individual) - 2 weeks

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The dedicated and competent teachers
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A trip by treno vapore (steam train)/naturo on small tracks to Tuscan villages including a visit to a "wine factory" and a two-hour lunch with simple Tuscan specialities, wine, folk group and a lot of contact with about 250 young and old Italians, few tourists. Twice a month, book it previously via the travel agency in Via Camollia, ask the Tourist Information Office on the large square.
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It was my second time there.
10. Nov. 2012
8. (37 years)  -  Poland
8. G8 Intensive course - 3 weeks

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Friendly atmosphere.
12. Sep. 2012
9. (23 years)  -  Norway
9. G8 Intensive course - 3 weeks

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Have a tighter control on the accommodation.
7. May. 2012
10. (40 years)  -  Australia
10. G6 Standard Course - 8 weeks

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Small class sizes, extra-curricular activities.
8. Sep. 2011
11. (51 years)  - 
11. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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The appealing and varied structure of the lessons, pleasant teacher!
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Orientation tour on the first day
5. Jul. 2011
12. (65 years)  - 
12. G6 Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The tight organization of the lessons
31. May. 2011
13. (67 years)  - 
13. G6 Standard Course - 1 week

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The lessons and the mix of ages. (20-75!)
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The leisure activities offered by school
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The shared apartment was in very poor condition. The window in my room was absolutely unsound and not closeable. Kitchen cupboards were filthy.
15. Mar. 2011
14. (39 years)  - 
14. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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very nice people, central location in the historic district
16. Dec. 2010
15. Moritz (31 years)  - 
15. C4 - Combined Standard - 4 weeks

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6. Nov. 2010
16. (64 years)  -  Finland
16. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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More details about accomodation.
18. Oct. 2010
17. (64 years)  -  Sweden
17. C4 - Combined Standard - 1 week

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The good teacher.
23. Aug. 2010
18. (40 years)  - 
18. G6 Standard Course - 1 week

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The quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the teachers and clerical staff.
8. Mar. 2010
19. (26 years)  -  Italy
19. G6 Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Make sure you get a good teacher!
15. Oct. 2009
20. Marjorie (62 years)  -  United Kingdom
20. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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15. Oct. 2009
21. (63 years)  -  United Kingdom
21. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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High Quality of Teaching
11. Sep. 2009
22. (18 years)  - 
22. G6 Standard Course - 2 weeks

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the kindness of the teachers and the good contact with all the students
14. May. 2009
23. (36 years)  -  United Kingdom
23. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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It was really cold the two weeks were there and the school did not have any heating on so we were wearing coats etc when we asked for it to be put on it was but at a very low level. In addition, I did not feel, having done courses elsewhere, this was an intensive course. They were not geared up for the short term students at all. I learned something but not as much as I would have done elsewhere.
11. Oct. 2007
24. (51 years)  - 
24. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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friendly atmosphere, flexibility of the school (changing classes, private lessons etc.)
14. Sep. 2007
25. (57 years)  - 
25. C8 Combined course - 2 weeks

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the atmosphere at school, the kindness of the teachers
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the wine-tasting at the Enotheca close to the Campo
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I've been there the third time this year and my Italian has improved step by step. I'm quite satisfied with the school.
13. Sep. 2007
26. (40 years)  - 
26. G6 Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The enthusiasm of the teachers is great.
16. Aug. 2007
27. (28 years)  - 
27. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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excellent teacher
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the city and the chianti
28. Jun. 2007
28. (40 years)  -  Netherlands
28. G8 Intensive course - 4 weeks

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My compliments about the teachers. Only the appartment was very dirty. But I will come back definitely for the courses
23. May. 2007
29. (37 years)  - 
29. Siena Magnifica - 2 weeks

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our teacher was great! and also the women in the front desk were very friendly, patient and tried to solve each problem
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the cooking lessons were really nice, and the meals were great!
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I didn´t like the chiefs of the school, they make problems if you miss a lesson. but the teachers were really great, the people I met there were all nice and interesting. I loved my time in Siena and I will come back next year!!!!
14. Apr. 2007
30. (52 years)  - 
30. Combined C4 (Group + Individual) - 2 weeks

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The conviviality. The teachers are all very nice and friendly.
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Visit of Siena and other towns proposed by the school. We visited Pisa and had a very nice teacher with us who explained everything very well. The presentations and films proposed by the school are interesting.
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The teachers are lovely. Thanks to them for their patience and friendlyness. The ladies at the reception of the school were very helpful and didn't hesitate to make a telephone call for me for a reservation at the Uffizi in Firenze or elsewehere. An information about the internet point : if you have a lap-top, take it with you, because you will have much less problems in treating with your e-mails. The internet point at the school is really to improve! In a two-weeks stage I have met many people of many different countries. This was a real enrichment for me. If I had the oportunity to return to the school in Siena, I would take it at once.
9. Nov. 2006
31. (40 years)  - 
31. Intensive - 4 weeks

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the friendly atmosphere
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visit Siena
5. Nov. 2006
32. Laura Maria (24 years)  - 
32. Standard Italian - 1 week

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16. Aug. 2006
33. (27 years)  -  Sweden
33. Standard Italian - 8 weeks

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Skip the fourth hour of the G8 course and take some private lessons instead
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Very, very good teachers.
15. Jun. 2006
34. (31 years)  -  Germany / North Rhine Westphalia
34. G7 Classic course - 2 weeks

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In class only Italian was spoken. Besides the language I learned a lot about the history, the structure and some special or typical Italian characteristics.
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I think Dante Alighieri offers a good mixture of grammar and conversation. I liked that we had not just one teacher but two different ones. In addition to that I enjoyed the fact that in my course the have been seven students and each one came from a different country. Moreover, the teachers are very kind and the lessons are good.
14. Jun. 2006
35. (38 years)  -  Germany
35. G7 Classic course - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
36.  - 
36. Intensive - 2 weeks

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pallio
19. Dec. 2005
37. Dolores  - 
37. Intensive - 3 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
38.  -  Usa
38. Standard Italian - 1 week

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the location
30. Jun. 2005
39. Anonymous (23 years)  - 
39. General

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3. Aug. 2004
40. Tim (32 years)  -  U.s.a.
40. General

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16. Jun. 2004
41. Tino (35 years)  - 
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9. Jun. 2004
42. Christine (56 years)  - 
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13. May. 2004
43. (67 years)  -  Uk
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Very friendly very helpful.
27. Nov. 2003
44. (33 years)  -  Sweden
44. General

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The dinner at the cooking school is a good value for the money, and it's fun.
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Although the school is rather low-tech and with traditional approaches to teaching, the staff and teachers have a sincere commitment to quality and everyone is very friendly and helpful. I learnt a lot. Certain nationalities are overrepresented, which may be a problem in some classes. I met a lot of Swiss, Swedes, and Japanese.
20. Nov. 2003
45. Klemens (27 years)  - 
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10. Sep. 2003
46. M.  - 
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27. Aug. 2003
47. (31 years)  -  Austria
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Very good atmosphere; party at a typical Tuscan farm - very good.
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Palio.
9. May. 2003
48. (56 years)  -  Sweden
48. General

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Very friendly athmosphere and the teachers were excellent
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I was there during Easter and I would have liked more social arrangements from the school's side. It would have been better if the school could arrange more social get togethers like concerts, dancing and other cultural events.
7. May. 2003
49. (30 years)  -  Deutschland
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it´s better to learn at home before the alphabet and the numbers.
19. Oct. 2002
50. Katrin (30 years)  - 
50. Super Intensive (+35h)

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