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Reviews of ABC, Florence, Italy

Total number of reviews: 162
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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Based on 162 reviews of former students of ABC
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ABC, Florence, Italy
4.6/5.0 
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Organisation 4.6/5.0 
Facilities 4.0/5.0 
Social activities 4.3/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.7/5.0 
Value for money 4.4/5.0 
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Homestay 4.3/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.4/5.0 
other 4.3/5.0 

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ABC
29. Nov. 2018
1.  (66 years) - 
101. Course:  Standard Course [Italiano] - 2 weeks

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26. Nov. 2018
2. Oksana (31 years) - 
102. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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6. Nov. 2018
3.  (71 years) - 
103. Course:  Standard [Italian] - 2 weeks

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31. Oct. 2018
4.  (62 years) - 
104. Course:  50+ Course - 2 weeks

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31. Oct. 2018
5.  (61 years) - 
105. Course:  1 Woche 50+ Course [Italienisch] + 1 Woche Standardkurs (20 Lektionen pro Woche) - 2 weeks

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30. Oct. 2018
6.  (65 years) - 
106. Course:  1 Woche 50+ Course [Italienisch] + 1 Woche Standardkurs (20 Lektionen pro Woche) - 2 weeks

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29. Oct. 2018
7.  (31 years) - 
107. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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29. Oct. 2018
8.  (75 years) - Canada
108. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons [Italian] - 3 weeks

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30. Aug. 2018
9.  (56 years) - 
109. Course:  Standard PLUS 10 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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22. Aug. 2018
10.  (47 years) - Belgium
110. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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15. Aug. 2018
11.  (21 years) - United Kingdom
111. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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16. Jul. 2018
12.  (18 years) - France
112. Course:  Standard [Italian] - 2 weeks

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16. Jul. 2018
13. Monica  (43 years) - United Arab Emirates
113. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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11. Jul. 2018
14.  (52 years) - 
114. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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11. Jun. 2018
15.  (55 years) - 
115. Course:  Standard [Итальянский] - 2 weeks

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29. May. 2018
16.  (53 years) - 
116. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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29. May. 2018
17.  (59 years) - United States
117. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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21. May. 2018
18.  (75 years) - Canada
118. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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3. Apr. 2018
19.  (60 years) - 
119. Course:  Standard [Italien] - 2 weeks

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2. Apr. 2018
20.  (60 years) - United States
120. Course:  Intensive Group Course [Italian] - 1 week

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17. Jan. 2018
21.  (61 years) - 
121. Course:  Standard [Итальянский] - 1 week

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6. Dec. 2017
22.  (63 years) - Switzerland
122. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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13. Oct. 2017
23.  (64 years) - Canada
123. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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9. Oct. 2017
24.  (74 years) - Canada
124. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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9. Oct. 2017
25.  (71 years) - France
125. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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12. Sep. 2017
26.  (70 years) - Netherlands
126. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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23. Aug. 2017
27.  (52 years) - Brazil
127. Course:  Standard + Italiano No problem - 2 weeks

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22. Aug. 2017
28.  (47 years) - Switzerland
128. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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10. Aug. 2017
29. Martina (48 years) - Austria
129. Course:  Florence 1w and Sestri Levante 1w - 2 weeks

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9. Aug. 2017
30.  (63 years) - United States
130. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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8. Aug. 2017
31.  (18 years) - Poland
131. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2017
32.  (56 years) - Monaco
132. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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13. Jun. 2017
33.  (44 years) - 
133. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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Excellent organization of the process, wonderful teachers and a real Italian atmosphere
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You will feel progress if you are engaged from 2 weeks or more, for a week you will only start to talk, plan long-term training, it is more reliable
3. Jun. 2017
34. Peter (61 years) - United States
134. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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16. May. 2017
35.  (40 years) - 
135. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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15. May. 2017
36.  (42 years) - 
136. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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All was good!!!
8. May. 2017
37.  (59 years) - 
137. Course:  50+ Course - 1 week

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Everything is uncomplicated.
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8. May. 2017
38.  (74 years) - Canada
138. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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Expert, friendly teachers. Insistence on students speaking Italian at all times.
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I highly recommend the intensive course for complete immersion, it really helped my spoken language.
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Exceeded my expectations. I intend to return for another 3 weeks and bring a friend..
10. Mar. 2017
39.  (23 years) - 
139. Course:  Standard PLUS CILS, AIL or CELI Preparation - 1 week

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The kindness and proximity of the teachers.
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A small structure that actually helps to make great progress with quality teachers.
6. Mar. 2017
40. Tessa (20 years) - 
140. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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1. Mar. 2017
41.  (72 years) - 
141. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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All the teachers are really doing their best to teach us.
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More afternoon guided activities can enhance the time students are in Florence.
22. Feb. 2017
42.  (66 years) - 
142. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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a very friendly welcoming
12. Dec. 2016
43.  (68 years) - Sweden
143. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Efficient and friendly staff, good atmosphere, excellent teachers.
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I arranged accommodation on my own.
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Acoustics could be improved, there was to much echo in the class rooms.
28. Nov. 2016
44.  (33 years) - 
144. Course:  Standard PLUS Fashion - 1 week

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Very serious, very organized, diversified activities
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The seminars organized by the school by enthusiastic teachers
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Perfect
25. Oct. 2016
45.  (54 years) - Australia
145. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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The excellent teachers who are constantly encouraging, the kind, helpful and efficient office staff and the optional afternoon excursions.
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Try and stay longer than two weeks!
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The school is very well organised. It is really marvellous the way different teachers take groups out on excursions around Florence. They share their considerable wealth of knowledge about Florence and art for no extra fee except for entrance fees.
15. Aug. 2016
46.  (32 years) - Ireland
146. Course:  Standard PLUS \'Made in Italy\' (20 Group + 5 Individual) - 3 weeks

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The teachers are fantastic, the organisation of the lessons is brilliant.
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It's a brilliant school and I would highly recommend going there.
12. Apr. 2016
47.  (55 years) - United States
147. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 5 weeks

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Most of teachers are very good.
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Take classes in winter time to avoid too many students, especially students from America.
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I loved the teachers and the trip to the museum with the teachers. I learned so much about arts and history, besides Italian.
8. Apr. 2016
48.  (32 years) - United States
148. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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My teacher as well as the entire staff were excellent!
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The school's location couldn't be better. There are several great options for a quick, or leisurely, lunch nearby after class either on Piazza Santa Croce or nearby Via dei Neri!
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Absolutely wonderful experience. I would definitely return.
2. Nov. 2015
49.  (62 years) - Sweden
149. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Excellent teachers, small classes.
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Visit all the lovely churches and museums in Florence!
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Good location
12. Oct. 2015
50. Elena (55 years) - 
150. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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5. Oct. 2015
51.  (66 years) - Australia
151. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Great atmosphere, friendly staff and very professional teachers
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Florence has a lot to offer to meet individual tastes.
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It was a great experience for me and has motivated me to continue to study the language.
1. Oct. 2015
52.  (42 years) - 
152. Course:  Standard - 7 weeks

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The teachers because they are excellent, the activities and the fact that they always paid attention to us.
28. Sep. 2015
53.  (55 years) - 
153. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The organization. The teaching of grammar with Piero.
28. Sep. 2015
54.  (56 years) - 
154. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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The organization. Punctuality of teaching. Nice teachers.
23. Sep. 2015
55.  (60 years) - 
155. Course:  50+ Course - 2 weeks

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I could learn the grammars with a right speed. It was good that I had enough homework. As the afternoon activities were one-to-one style, my teacher explained me in English sometimes and I could know about the culture and the art in Florence. I'm 60 years old and one of my classmates was 80 years old. The school had a friendly environment and even an older person like me could feel comfortable to join the course. However, some of my classmates felt stressed to learn grammars. I had a good time with the excursions to Lucca and museums. I won't forget the delicious Italian dishes that we prepared and cooked at the school director's house.
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Although I was a beginner, I studied Italian with a NHK program for three months just before going to the school and could have some basic knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. I also could introduce myself in Italian already. Therefore, I didn't have a very hard time at the beginning. Even though you're in a beginner level, I recommend you to study beforehand.
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Morning course consisted of grammar section and conversation section for 1.5 hour each. I couldn't speak well during the conversation session. I was suggested by the school before starting the second week that it would be better to change to private lessons, however I kept taking the group course. If you prefer to study seriously, I recommend you to take private lessons.
22. Sep. 2015
56.  (80 years) - United States
156. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Teaching, cordiality of all staff
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Study before attending
15. Aug. 2015
57.  (65 years) - United States
157. Course:  Standard PLUS Lunch with the Teacher - 3 weeks

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The staff was helpful and friendly, very welcoming. Clean setting.
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There is no air conditioning, rooms were warm. Make sure to ask about distance of homestay from school.
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Great location, easy access to all major sites. My teachers were committed to helping students learn Italian. Patient.
9. Jul. 2015
58. Maria (70 years) - Brazil
158. Course:  50+ Course - 2 weeks

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3. Jul. 2015
59.  (65 years) - Australia
159. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Friendly staff, I had a great teacher, location was excellent.
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Keep checking the school's notice board for information about changes! Good coffee/lunch cafe on the corner near the school.
23. Jun. 2015
60.  (33 years) - Hong Kong
160. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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The teachers are very nice and they try their best to accommodate students' needs and concerns.
22. Jun. 2015
61.  (66 years) - Israel
161. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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Training and learning methods, The teachers, School Location
2. Jun. 2015
62.  (59 years) - United Kingdom
162. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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The small classes and the teachers and secretaries were so friendly.
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Go to all the outings!
18. May. 2015
63.  (38 years) - 
163. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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very friendly welcome, very available and patient teachers
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the level test at the beginning?
16. Mar. 2015
64. Daniel (24 years) - Belgium
164. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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17. Nov. 2014
65.  (72 years) - United States
165. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Teachers, & students were all interesting and helpful
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Be prepared.
17. Nov. 2014
66.  (32 years) - Ukraine
166. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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Value for money is really good. Location of the school is fantastic, in the very historical center of Florence.
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Very good and professional personnel. Smart organisation of studying process. Mi raccomando!
3. Nov. 2014
67.  (67 years) - 
167. Course:  Conversation Course - 2 weeks

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The teachers !! No, joking aside. Everyone was very nice to me and had enough patience
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Old and young should be separated. Ihad barely contact with the young ones. Unfortunately, they striked out on their own. Learning is also easier for them.
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None, everything was fine
20. Oct. 2014
68.  (60 years) - Australia
168. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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The rigorous approach to grammar, the teacher ensured that everyone understood the grammatical point before moving on, the teacher had many strategies for explaining difficult material.
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Several teachers are qualified tourist guides and run tours for the school, e.g the Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio.
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All staff are very amenable to questions and discussion and all are friendly and professional.
15. Sep. 2014
69.  (60 years) - Israel
169. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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The ambiance ...and the tours with Serena
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Catherine was the best teacher ...
19. Jul. 2014
70.  (65 years) - Australia
170. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Very organised
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Excellent excursions
8. Jul. 2014
71.  (46 years) - United States
171. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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small class size
26. May. 2014
72.  (20 years) - 
172. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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Very professional, always willing to help students.
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Follow the day-to-day life of local people.
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Very good follow-up.
12. May. 2014
73.  (64 years) - 
173. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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Relationships with teachers and the two classes I participated in.
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Brancacci chapel, garden roses and San Miniato's church, Bargello
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A very warm welcome, listening to all needs
4. Nov. 2013
74.  (63 years) - 
174. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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23. Oct. 2013
75.  (65 years) - Canada
175. Course:  Senior courses - 2 weeks

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Our program was wonderful, perfect balance of the classroom hours and other activities. Our teachers, Francesco, Giulia and Brenda were marvelous, with great teaching skills, and a fountain of information.
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Participate in many activities!
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Well organized school with very nice and kind people.
21. Oct. 2013
76. Runa (29 years) - Norway
176. Course:  Duetto (2 Students-1 Teacher) - 1 week

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14. Oct. 2013
77.  (66 years) - Canada
177. Course:  Senior courses - 2 weeks

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teachers and Brenda's programs
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Some organized renaissance art segments in Italian in the classroom as an addition would be of interest.
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We were especially impressed by Giulia's dedication and professionalism. She was a delight. This is not to take away from Francesco's contribution, of course, he too is an excellent teacher; but I guess I am biased by Giulia's beauty and grace:) -John
2. Oct. 2013
78.  (29 years) - 
178. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Open, friendly teachers, family atmosphere
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For longer stays , an apartment might be a good choice. Excursions in Tuscany
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All right!
25. Aug. 2013
79.  (46 years) - 
179. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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a very friendly atmosphere
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Very nice teacher, especially Serena, Jessica, interesting excursions, generally it was very useful to learn from native speakers
14. Aug. 2013
80.  (26 years) - Russian Federation
180. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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very professional and helpful team
9. Jul. 2013
81.  (30 years) - Switzerland
181. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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Friedly staff and very experinced teachers. Excellent teaching methodology!
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The quality of teaching aso depends on other students in the class, so can vary from week to week as new students join or leave....a bit of a question of individual luck.
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Great school! Would love to go back soon!
13. May. 2013
82.  (36 years) - Finland
182. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Great teachers, good location.
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School activities.
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Good value for money.
11. Mar. 2013
83.  (31 years) - 
183. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Perhaps the proposed activities : to my great regret, I could not participate
29. Oct. 2012
84.  (65 years) - 
184. Course:  Senior courses (2 Wochen) + Standardkus (2 Wochen) - 4 weeks

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The female teachers. No, just kidding! The individual program for 50+ students was simply genius.
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Lucca, Friesole and the Chanti-area.
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I was completely satisfied!
7. Aug. 2012
85. Ornella (17 years) - 
185. Course:  ITALIAN ART HISTORY - a) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Wandering in Florentine churches and Museum - 2 weeks

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30. Apr. 2012
86.  (67 years) - 
186. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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The nice contact with teachers and students, the hospitality, the small groups (between 3 and 8)
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museums, churches, excursions in Tuscan cities ( Lecce, Pisa , Siena .), Chianti
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A small school, a family atmosphere, teachers who like their job.
26. Mar. 2012
87.  (21 years) - 
187. Course:  INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 3 weeks

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The school staff and teachers are all friendly and open.
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If you have a question, please ask to a teacher. He should explain you till you understand.
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Homelike atmosphere. When I was in school, there were very few Japanese students. Therefore, I had to immerse myself in Italian.
22. Nov. 2011
88.  (64 years) - Sweden
188. Course:  Senior course - 1 week

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The personel
7. Nov. 2011
89. Ysabel (64 years) - 
189. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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Florence is an extraordinary city.
6. Oct. 2011
90.  (38 years) - United States
190. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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The teachers were competent and pretty, and they were all friendly; I also joined a few organized activities (day trip to Lucca and museum visits) that were quite informative.
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If the queue for the toilets is too long, there is one downstairs in room 7.
3. Aug. 2011
91. Jennifer (25 years) - 
191. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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31. Jul. 2011
92. Elphège (18 years) - France
192. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2011
93.  (61 years) - Sweden
193. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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30. Jun. 2011
94.  (25 years) - 
194. Course:  INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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Competent staff and good organization
29. Jun. 2011
95.  (28 years) - 
195. Course:  INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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The teaching staff and education structures are great.
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Intensive group courses in the afternoon
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Great organisation (basement car park etc.)
20. May. 2011
96.  (57 years) - Sweden
196. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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good teachers
8. May. 2011
97. Irja Emma (31 years) - Germany
197. Course:  INTENSIVE GROUP COURSE - 2 weeks

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22. Sep. 2009
98.  (21 years) - United Kingdom
198. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 3 weeks

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Involve yourself as much as possible.
1. Jul. 2009
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199. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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very friendly teachers and staff
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the conversation-lessons are too small; there might be more time for conversation in italian language. People want to learn how to speak and talk with habitants, the grammar is not so important.
3. Jun. 2009
100.  (61 years) - Sweden
200. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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Small class and proffessional teachers.

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