Reviews of Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy

Total No. of Reviews: 51
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy
4.2/5.0 
(51 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.5/5.0 
Facilities 3.7/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
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Shared flat (apartment) 3.7/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
8. Aug. 2013
1. (55 years)  -  Denmark
1. 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
2. (35 years)  - 
2. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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Friendly atmosphere, good teaching.
8. Apr. 2013
3. (58 years)  - 
3. 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
4. (37 years)  -  Poland
4. G8 Intensive course - 3 weeks

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Friendly atmosphere.
12. Sep. 2012
5. (23 years)  -  Norway
5. G8 Intensive course - 3 weeks

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Have a tighter control on the accommodation.
7. May. 2012
6. (40 years)  -  Australia
6. G6 Standard Course - 8 weeks

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Small class sizes, extra-curricular activities.
8. Sep. 2011
7. (51 years)  - 
7. 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
8. (65 years)  - 
8. G6 Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The tight organization of the lessons
31. May. 2011
9. (67 years)  - 
9. 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
10. (39 years)  - 
10. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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

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6. Nov. 2010
12. (64 years)  -  Finland
12. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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More details about accomodation.
18. Oct. 2010
13. (64 years)  -  Sweden
13. C4 - Combined Standard - 1 week

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The good teacher.
23. Aug. 2010
14. (40 years)  - 
14. 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
15. (26 years)  -  Italy
15. G6 Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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15. Oct. 2009
17. (63 years)  -  United Kingdom
17. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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High Quality of Teaching
11. Sep. 2009
18. (18 years)  - 
18. 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
19. (36 years)  -  United Kingdom
19. 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
20. (51 years)  - 
20. G8 Intensive course - 2 weeks

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friendly atmosphere, flexibility of the school (changing classes, private lessons etc.)
14. Sep. 2007
21. (57 years)  - 
21. 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
22. (40 years)  - 
22. G6 Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The enthusiasm of the teachers is great.
16. Aug. 2007
23. (28 years)  - 
23. G8 Intensive course - 1 week

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excellent teacher
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the city and the chianti
28. Jun. 2007
24. (40 years)  -  Netherlands
24. 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
25. (37 years)  - 
25. 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
26. (52 years)  - 
26. 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
27. (40 years)  - 
27. Intensive - 4 weeks

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

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16. Aug. 2006
29. (27 years)  -  Sweden
29. 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
30. (31 years)  -  Germany / North Rhine Westphalia
30. 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
31. (38 years)  -  Germany
31. G7 Classic course - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
32.  - 
32. Intensive - 2 weeks

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

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

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

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

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16. Jun. 2004
37. Tino (35 years)  - 
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9. Jun. 2004
38. Christine (56 years)  - 
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13. May. 2004
39. (67 years)  -  Uk
39. General

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Very friendly very helpful.
27. Nov. 2003
40. (33 years)  -  Sweden
40. 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
41. Klemens (27 years)  - 
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10. Sep. 2003
42. M.  - 
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27. Aug. 2003
43. (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
44. (56 years)  -  Sweden
44. 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
45. (30 years)  -  Deutschland
45. General

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it´s better to learn at home before the alphabet and the numbers.
19. Oct. 2002
46. Katrin (30 years)  - 
46. Super Intensive (+35h)

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3. Sep. 2002
47. (22 years)  -  Deutschland
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meeting people from all over the world was a real good experince
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When you make a reservation tell the school that you want to stay in the center of Siena. Most families are outside the city, so you have to take the bus to get to Siena, and there aren`t a lot of buses and they are never punctual!!!! If you can manage to make your holiday in July or August don`t miss the Palio!!!!
22. Jul. 2002
48. (27 years)  -  Switzerland
48. General

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The setting of the school in the old town and the warm and friendly staff. Friends said that the cooking and singing classes are really worth while if you are interested in cooking or singing.
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the palio (horse race on July 2 or August 16), the festival of classical music in the second week of July and the open air cinema in the old fortezza in July and the beginning of August.
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The school puts students together in one flat who are about the same age. Who is 33 is not likely to share an apartment with people who are 17. I liked that. If you are not used to the Italian standard of living you might find the school and the apartments a bit wacky.
25. Jun. 2002
49. Eisfeld (32 years)  -  Germany

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25. Jun. 2002
50. Christiane (28 years)  -  Deutschland
50. Super Intensive (+35h)

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