Reviews of Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Italy

Total No. of Reviews: 58
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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Italy
4.2/5.0 
(58 reviews)
City 4.8/5.0 
Organisation 4.4/5.0 
Facilities 3.4/5.0 
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
1. Sep. 2015
1. (27 years)  - 
1. Intensive - 1 week

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

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11. Aug. 2015
3. (51 years)  - 
3. Intensive - 2 weeks

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3. Nov. 2014
4. (35 years)  - 
4. Intensive - 1 week

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13. Aug. 2014
5. (19 years)  -  Canada
5. 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
6. (73 years)  - 
6. Intensive - 3 weeks

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

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18. Aug. 2013
8. (18 years)  - 
8. Standard - 2 weeks

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1. Aug. 2013
9. (21 years)  - 
9. Standard - 2 weeks

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

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12. May. 2013
11. (39 years)  -  Switzerland
11. Standard - 3 weeks

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The afternoon social activities.
25. Sep. 2012
12. (50 years)  - 
12. 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
13. Ekaterina (19 years)  -  Russian Federation
13. Standard - 2 weeks

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I want to come back this year or next
3. Jul. 2012
14. (24 years)  -  Australia
14. Standard - 2 weeks

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

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26. Dec. 2011
16. (23 years)  -  Russian Federation
16. Standard - 7 weeks

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

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

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22. Sep. 2011
19. (55 years)  - 
19. 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
20. (61 years)  - 
20. 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
21. Jennifer (41 years)  -  United States
21. 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
22. (51 years)  - 
22. 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
23. (20 years)  - 
23. 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
24. (33 years)  -  Germany
24. Intensive Plus-5 - 3 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
25. (18 years)  -  Austria
25. 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
26. (28 years)  - 
26. Standard - 12 weeks

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The persons I met.
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I didn't like that sometimes we had photo copies and not books.
21. May. 2008
27. (28 years)  -  United States
27. Standard - 32 weeks

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18. Jan. 2008
28. (33 years)  - 
28. General Course - 3 weeks

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

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23. May. 2007
30.  -  United States
30. 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
31. (25 years)  -  Poland
31. 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
32. Daniela (21 years)  - 
32. Standard - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
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33. 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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34. 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
35. Anonymous (20 years)  - 
35. Super Intensive (+35h)

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23. Jun. 2005
36. (23 years)  - 
36. 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
37. Geiselhart (64 years)  - 
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29. Apr. 2005
38. (21 years)  - 
38. Super Intensive (+35h)

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13. Mar. 2005
39. Maria (19 years)  - 
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3. Mar. 2005
40. (20 years)  - 
40. 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
41. (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
42. (29 years)  -  Deutschland
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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
43. Fatima (23 years)  -  Usa
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15. Dec. 2003
44. (27 years)  -  Norway
44. 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
45. (28 years)  -  Germany
45. 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
46. (24 years)  -  Netherlands
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Teachers, everybody was very helpful!
21. Aug. 2003
47. N (19 years)  -  Uk
47. General

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16. Aug. 2003
48. Janneke (20 years)  -  Holland
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The trips to Pisa and Lucca.
13. Aug. 2003
49. (32 years)  -  Usa
49. One-to-One

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Friendly & knowledgeable teachers and staff.
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The view from the garden terrace at Boboli Gardens.
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Sylvia did a great job teaching me Italian in the short time I had to spend at Scuola Leonardo. She gave me a good start on the long journey of learning the language!
9. Jul. 2003
50. Susanna (43 years)  -  Schweiz
50. General

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When I request to stay with a family I do not expect a 72 year old lady ... and another Swiss girl...

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