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Reviews of Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Siena, Italy

Total number of reviews: 46
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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Siena, Italy
4.4/5.0 
(46 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.5/5.0 
Facilities 3.7/5.0 
Social activities 4.1/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.6/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
26. Jul. 2016
1. Vencislava (33 years)  -  Bulgaria
1. Intensive Italian Language Course - 2 weeks

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15. Mar. 2016
2. (56 years)  -  Australia
2. Intensive Italian Language Course - 2 weeks

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I loved my teacher Sonia and I loved the location of the school. I enjoyed it much more than I did at another school in Verona which I attended a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed the course workbook they used also.
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The restaurant suggestions
26. Oct. 2015
3. (54 years)  - 
3. Intensive Italian Language Course - 1 week

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Lovely teacher and very lively lessons
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visit of San Gimignano
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In october, it was very very cold during lessons as the heating was not functioning yet.
26. Oct. 2015
4. (62 years)  -  United Kingdom
4. Intensive Italian Language Course - 1 week

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Friendly, welcoming, well organised
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As a complete beginner, I found it hard to keep up with the speedy progress of the class, amidst more advanced students. Also, I found it hard to do any revision or study, because I was just visiting for a few days and was primarily interested in seeing some of the city while I had any free time. Perhaps, smaller more experience based classes might be better, or a class for short term tourists who would like a bit of conversational Italian? Otherwise, I enjoyed the class and social interaction, thanks for all.
17. Oct. 2015
5. (56 years)  -  Australia
5. Super Intensive (20 group + 5 individual) - 2 weeks

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Staff were friendly and helpful. The teacher changed for the last 2 days of my 2nd week (due to unavoidable contractual reasons apparently) but this was not good for continuity and level of teaching.
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Take advantage of the activities offered (some of which are free) and stay with a host family to practise the language outside of class.
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The acoustics in the classrooms are poor. There is a lot of echo and boom and this made listening activities a challenge. The building is old but some simple and inexpensive modifications could be made to combat these problems. I think this is important particularly for more mature students who may already struggle with some minor hearing difficulties.
31. Aug. 2015
6. (22 years)  - 
6. Intensive Italian Language Course - 5 weeks

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The staff was super friendly, very organized and helpful. It was be a great atmosphere to learn.
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If you are in Siena during the Palio, you should go to all the activities organized by the school around the race. You catch a lot more and are able to understand the tradition also much better.
4. Jul. 2015
7. (65 years)  -  Australia
7. Italian Tour (Siena 01/06-05/06, Rome 08/06-12/06) - 2 weeks

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Excellent teaching. Small group. Friendly helpful staff. An outside courtyard area for student use during breaks. Excellent wifi.
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Take advantage of the school organised activities and restaurant/cafe recommendations. We were very happy with the school organised homestay including breakfast and dinner.
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Lots of fun and good teaching and learning experience.
19. Nov. 2014
8. (65 years)  - 
8. Intensive Course (20 Lektionen) - 1 week

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I've always found a contact person, who took care of my concerns. The size of the school is almost "familiar". The recreational activities were carried out with much effort. Merci.
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Quickly build contact with other course participants and hence, get to know more. (E.g. about deals and other countries.)
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I would appreciate it if more information about the outline and the structure of the lessons would be available.
22. Sep. 2014
9. (76 years)  -  United States
9. Intensive Italian Language Course - 3 weeks

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instructors, individual attention
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classroom acoustics are terrible; class size, 9 persons, too large.
22. Sep. 2014
10. (78 years)  -  United States
10. Intensive Italian Language Course - 3 weeks

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I liked the teachers best. The classroom acoustics were very poor, and the class was a bit too large with nine students, and there was no particular time put aside to talk to the teacher individually about specific problems or questions.
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The tours of the city were particularly helpful. The tours outside the city were unavailable to us because they came on days that we were not there. Any teacher lead tours should be pursued.
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Although the staff was very helpful there was just not enough time with the teachers and the class size was slightly too large.
21. Sep. 2013
11. Barbara (64 years)  - 
11. Standard - 2 weeks

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14. Oct. 2012
12. (21 years)  - 
12. Standard - 2 weeks

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Very good teachers - good scripts
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As soon as you notice that you picked the wrong level, adjust it!
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Unfortunately, you cannot buy the scripts.
25. Sep. 2012
13. (53 years)  -  Switzerland
13. Italy Today - Language and Culture Course - 4 weeks

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Meeting new people, private classes with Franco, guided tours/ lectures with Serena.
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Do not miss lectures with Serena, phonetics.... are an absolute must!
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It would be nice if the school organized a little welcome reunion, introducing the staff etc.
11. Jun. 2012
14. (42 years)  -  Usa
14. Standard - 1 week

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teachers, atmosphere, location
16. May. 2011
15. (54 years)  -  Germany
15. Standard - 2 weeks

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Friendly staff, competent teacher, good extra offers (guided visits to interesting (hidden) places in Siena.
7. Mar. 2011
16. (63 years)  -  United States
16. Standard - 4 weeks

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The teacher was very good and patient, and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
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There were NO extracurricular activities, so expect to make your own social life.
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My main complaint: the method is very old fashioned. We studied grammar all day every day, with very little conversational application. I felt like I was back in high school!
20. Sep. 2010
17. (48 years)  - 
17. Standard - 4 weeks

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Students of all ages, diverse; large terrace
20. Sep. 2010
18. (40 years)  - 
18. Standard - 4 weeks

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A very competent, efficient, sensitive and humorous teacher
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The school vacation period is great in Siena. During this time there were a lot of (free) concerts and other events.
20. Jul. 2010
19. Edeltraud (51 years)  - 
19. Standard - 2 weeks

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19. Jul. 2010
20. (61 years)  - 
20. Standard - 2 weeks

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Enjoyable lessons, good atmosphere
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Palio on July 2nd
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Accommodation very pleasant and efficient
28. Jun. 2010
21. (58 years)  -  Switzerland
21. La Dolce Vita - 1 week

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The host family was not a good option as they made very little effort to speak Italian with me and they smoked!
22. Jun. 2010
22. (51 years)  - 
22. Standard - 2 weeks

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It was clean and staff were friendly.
15. Oct. 2009
23. (79 years)  -  United States
23. Standard - 3 weeks

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After class students should continue talking in Italian even with each other
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Could have had more informal contact with teacher talking Italian during coffee break, etc.
2. Oct. 2009
24. (22 years)  -  Taiwan
24. Standard - 4 weeks

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The best way to learn is to participate in every single activity organized by the school
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The teachers are great, I made so much progress within only 4 weeks!
17. Nov. 2008
25. Denise (72 years)  - 
25. 2 weeks

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16. Nov. 2008
26. (37 years)  - 
26. Standard - 2 weeks

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the course
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the palio of Siena
15. Nov. 2008
27. (64 years)  -  Switzerland
27. Italian Language and Culture for Seniors - 2 weeks

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good organisators/teachers, the whole package was just perfect!
5. Aug. 2008
28. (31 years)  -  Switzerland
28. Standard - 3 weeks

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competent teachers, small classes, individual programs
29. May. 2008
29. (24 years)  -  Sweden
29. Standard - 4 weeks

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The teacher Franco was the best, even if he was late every morning.
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Note that internet is just for 1/2 hour a day! Not much!
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More internettime! Otherwise everything was almost perfect!! Im very satisfied!
19. Feb. 2008
30. (24 years)  - 
30. One-to-One

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very small, they know you personally within the first day! Time to ask and time for long explanations if you don't understand right away!!!!
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rent a car and go outside in the countryside! vineyards, lunch costs about 10€ in small village restaurants with cheese and prosciuto in country style!
5. Dec. 2007
31. (69 years)  - 
31. Standard - 1 week

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Very kind personal and only 4 students in one group! A very competent and patient teacher.
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The rooms in the school were too cold.
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I was very content of the class at this school.
11. Oct. 2007
32. (22 years)  - 
32. Standard - 3 weeks

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the level of the classes was good for me and it's great that they start at 9.
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you have to organize your afternoons mostly yourself, there aren't so many offers from the school
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It's a small and nice school. The teachers are friendly and there is allways someone there to help if you have any questions. It is situated in the center and very close to a big supermaket, that's gret!
26. Sep. 2007
33. Maximilian  - 
33. Standard - 2 weeks

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26. Jul. 2007
34. (21 years)  - 
34. Standard - 2 weeks

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the kindness and the help for everything
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the Palio
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great school, I'll come back
17. Dec. 2006
35. (26 years)  - 
35. Standard - 12 weeks

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the afternoon activities
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Karaoke at the Birreria
6. Oct. 2006
36. (37 years)  - 
36. Intensive PLUS-10 - 2 weeks

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The way Roberta taught in her class.
15. Sep. 2006
37. (29 years)  - 
37. Standard - 3 weeks

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small groups, many possibilities of free time activities
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one of the teachers offers city tours that are really good
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family did not have interest in me, seemed they just wanted the money
28. Apr. 2006
38. (28 years)  - 
38. Standard - 2 weeks

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City or museum tours organized by the school
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Nice atmosphere, friendly stuff, centrally located, good lessons,...
19. Dec. 2005
39.  -  Syria
39. Standard - 4 weeks

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The staff were very helpful
4. Nov. 2004
40. (63 years)  - 
40. General

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Nice and kind people, very competent teachers.
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You should join the afternoon and evening events offerd by the school.
9. Jul. 2004
41. A.Ruckrigel (29 years)  -  Deutschland
41. General

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25. Dec. 2003
42. Eva (48 years)  -  Switzerland
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12. Nov. 2003
43. (25 years)  -  Germany
43. General

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The good teachers and the dinner! Almost famous....
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Go to the tea-room!!!
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Siena is great, especially in the summer evenings with a bottle of wine and "un sacco di amici" on piazza del campo!
8. Sep. 2003
44. Juliane (23 years)  -  Germany
44. General

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18. Dec. 2002
45. (33 years)  -  Germany
45. General

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cooking course,organized events, nice teacher
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trips to San Gimignano, Montalcino,Florence, at Siena Palazzo Pubblico, Museum of the Dome, Castle with wine shop, go to guiding tour from school
26. Nov. 2001
46. Michael (27 years)  -  Deutschland
46. General

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