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Reviews of Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Italy

Total number of reviews: 62
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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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Italy
4.2/5.0 
(62 reviews)
City 4.8/5.0 
Organisation 4.4/5.0 
Facilities 3.5/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.6/5.0 
Value for money 4.0/5.0 
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Shared Flat 3.8/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
7. Mar. 2016
1. (63 years)  -  United States
1. Intensive - 2 weeks

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The enthusiastic teachers, the friendly staff, the convenient location, the omnipresent Cupola and the blooming flowering almond tree right outside the window.
5. Oct. 2015
2. (36 years)  -  United States
2. Super Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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28. Sep. 2015
3. (44 years)  -  United Kingdom
3. Intensive - 1 week

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The teacher, the helpful staff, the location of the school.
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The beginner class I took had 14 students and I thought it was a too many in one class.
21. Sep. 2015
4. (19 years)  - 
4. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Quality education in the heart of Florence, but very small classes.
1. Sep. 2015
5. (27 years)  - 
5. Intensive - 1 week

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1. Sep. 2015
6. Sofya (27 years)  - 
6. Intensive - 1 week

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11. Aug. 2015
7. (51 years)  - 
7. Intensive - 2 weeks

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Having an intensive practice of speaking. Do not hesitate to speak.
3. Nov. 2014
8. (35 years)  - 
8. Intensive - 1 week

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Everything was exactly as it was described on the site, I liked everything.
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I liked my course a lot. Although I booked only one week through your web-site because it was the first time for me and I did not want to risk it, I enjoyed the course so much that I took an additional week in Florence
13. Aug. 2014
9. (19 years)  -  Canada
9. Long Term Semester Course - 26 weeks

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I learned more in just 1 lesson than I thought I would. I made incredible progress very quickly.
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I saved a lot of money by setting myself up in the lobby with my laptop to use the free Wifi.
10. Dec. 2013
10. (73 years)  - 
10. Intensive - 3 weeks

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27. Aug. 2013
11. Hannah (38 years)  - 
11. Einzelunterricht und kulturelle Aktivitäten - 2 weeks

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18. Aug. 2013
12. (18 years)  - 
12. Standard - 2 weeks

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1. Aug. 2013
13. (21 years)  - 
13. Standard - 2 weeks

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Awesome teachers, good textbooks, convenient location of the school from the city center.
23. Jun. 2013
14. Christophor (67 years)  - 
14. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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12. May. 2013
15. (39 years)  -  Switzerland
15. Standard - 3 weeks

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The afternoon social activities.
25. Sep. 2012
16. (50 years)  - 
16. La Dolce Vita - 50+ Course - 1 week

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We only spoke in Italian. The teacher were really good. Sarah was the best. With her we always made conversation.
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I have booked the "Dolce Vira 50+" course in hope that there will only be student over 50. Unfortunately, this was only referred to the activities. The classes were mixed. Partly there were also 17 years-old teenagers. But in the end it did not hurt. You just assume differently in the beginning according to the name "50+". On the last two days I decided to to some individual lessons as well which would cost 30€ for 45 min. Therefore, I booked 3 x 45 minutes. And in the end it said on the billing that one lesson cost 40€. This made me the goodbye very easy.
24. Jul. 2012
17. Ekaterina (19 years)  -  Russian Federation
17. Standard - 2 weeks

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I want to come back this year or next
3. Jul. 2012
18. (24 years)  -  Australia
18. Standard - 2 weeks

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13. Mar. 2012
19. Ingeborg (67 years)  - 
19. Standard - 2 weeks

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26. Dec. 2011
20. (23 years)  -  Russian Federation
20. Standard - 7 weeks

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Teacher Monika)
27. Sep. 2011
21. Tino (21 years)  - 
21. Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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26. Sep. 2011
22. Anna (18 years)  - 
22. Intensive Group Course - 6 weeks

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22. Sep. 2011
23. (55 years)  - 
23. Intensive Plus-10 - 4 weeks

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The teachers, I had Patrizio, Sara, and Simona. They made each pupil feel important and the lessons were fun as well as informative.
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The reception on arrival at the beginning of the course could have been more informative and welcoming. The library was pretty well non-existant. It would be a good idea if they could allow pupils to borrow dvds or books.
30. May. 2011
24. (61 years)  - 
24. Standard - 2 weeks

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les enseignants sont"professionnels" :ils parlent fort et articulent bien .
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les ordinateurs ne sont pas toujours accessibles (peu nombreux , difficultés à se connecter à cause de problèmes techniques
19. Feb. 2011
25. Jennifer (41 years)  -  United States
25. Standard - 3 weeks

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If you are an older student (over 25) I do not recommend sharing a flat. The apartments are noisy, dirty, and the single beds are uncomfortable. I recommend a bed and breakfast! The school claims they will change the sheets at the 2 week point. It does not happen.
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Overall it was a positive experience but the older student should realize that the great majority of students will be under 23 years of age. Many of the computers did not work and there is no WIFI available at the school.
19. Apr. 2010
26. (51 years)  - 
26. Standard - 2 weeks

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the commitment of teachers and the many nationalities
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perhaps a little more leisure activities
4. Oct. 2009
27. (20 years)  - 
27. Intensive Group Course (2 weeks) + Intensive Group Course + 5 (2 weeks) - 4 weeks

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The teachers were really amazing! No matter which teacher it was- you could learn a lot in a pleasant atmosphere! school felt like home as there was always someone around who cared for you. additionally it was really cool to be so close to the center of florence!! i´ll do it again :)
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you shouldn´t miss a sunset at st. croce!! and at piazzale michelangelo. and the singer and guitarplayer ken mercer at night at piazza della sigoria- it makes you shiver, I promise!
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amo firenze!!!! and you´ll get to know a lot of nice and interesting people from all around the world !
26. Oct. 2008
28. (33 years)  -  Germany
28. Intensive Plus-5 - 3 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
29. (18 years)  -  Austria
29. Intensive Plus-5 - 2 weeks

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That it was so central
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pay attention the the ice cream prices
16. Jul. 2008
30. (28 years)  - 
30. Standard - 12 weeks

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I didn't like that sometimes we had photo copies and not books.
21. May. 2008
31. (28 years)  -  United States
31. Standard - 32 weeks

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18. Jan. 2008
32. (33 years)  - 
32. General Course - 3 weeks

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They should take more care of the accommodation they are offering
9. Aug. 2007
33. Daniel (37 years)  -  Germany
33. Intensive PLUS-10 Course - 2 weeks

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23. May. 2007
34.  -  United States
34. Standard - 2 weeks

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The standard of teaching is outstanding
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I found the acoustics in the classrooms to be fairly poor. Frequently there was a lot of noise from outside, and the classrooms are sparsely decorated which means that the sound tends to reverberate around the room, making it difficult sometimes to follow what the teacher, is saying As an improvement, I would suggest something very simple to be given to students studying Italian for the first - a list of standard questions that one can ask, to get along initially. For example, "Come si dice...", "come si chiama...", "Ripete per favore". Some grammatical definitions would also be useful, eg sostantivo, nome, maschile, feminile, significa, etc. It was a day before I worked out that "significa" translates as "meaning", not "significance". A vital difference!
21. Aug. 2006
35. (25 years)  -  Poland
35. Standard - 2 weeks

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very nice and friendly people, thanks! :)
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a trip to Siena and San Gimigliano and in Florence. you simply can't miss the Uffizi Museum
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It is a very big school, but well organized, all the people I met there were very friendly. Unfortunately the grammar classes are boring, but the conversations are very interesting. And what is very good is that you can meet people there from all over the world and make fantastic new friendships.
24. Apr. 2006
36. Daniela (21 years)  - 
36. Standard - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
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37. Intensive - 10 weeks

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The diverse environment.
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We should have done more reading ( books).
19. Dec. 2005
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38. Intensive - 2 weeks

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the museum visits with the explications by Monica
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The classrooms are long and small
30. Jun. 2005
39. Anonymous (20 years)  - 
39. Super Intensive (+35h)

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23. Jun. 2005
40. (23 years)  - 
40. General

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The teachers were very patient and professional
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I had a great time. The classes in the morning might be a bit smaller. (12 people is quite a lot)
21. May. 2005
41. Geiselhart (64 years)  - 
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29. Apr. 2005
42. (21 years)  - 
42. Super Intensive (+35h)

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13. Mar. 2005
43. Maria (19 years)  - 
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3. Mar. 2005
44. (20 years)  - 
44. General

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The visits to different churches and cities with Mrs. Monica
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The Scuola makes students feel comfortable in an important city and familiar with a new language
7. Jul. 2004
45. (21 years)  -  Schweiz

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teacher were very nice
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trips to other cities (organized by school), sightseeing with school through the city
23. Mar. 2004
46. (29 years)  -  Deutschland
46. General

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The teachers were great!
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Do not go to Florence in May, because the city will be crowded because of tourists.
23. Mar. 2004
47. Fatima (23 years)  -  Usa
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15. Dec. 2003
48. (27 years)  -  Norway
48. General

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Make friends.
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Go out and use the Italian words you have learnt immediately!!!
16. Oct. 2003
49. (28 years)  -  Germany
49. General

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The level is was put in was right to my knowledge. Good work!
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I enjoyed my trip to Florence and the learning result I achieved was worth the money I invested. I lived with a family that was very friendly welcoming.
5. Sep. 2003
50. (24 years)  -  Netherlands
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Teachers, everybody was very helpful!

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