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Reviews of ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy

Total number of reviews: 137
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.

Average Rating

Based on 137 reviews of former students of ABC-Palazzo Malvisi
Overall Rating
ABC-Palazzo Malvisi, Florence, Italy
4.5/5.0 
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.6/5.0 
Facilities 4.0/5.0 
Social activities 4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.6/5.0 
Value for money 4.3/5.0 
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Homestay 4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.3/5.0 
other 4.2/5.0 

Individual Reviews

ABC-Palazzo Malvisi
12. Sep. 2017
1.  (70 years) - Netherlands
1. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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

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

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

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9. Aug. 2017
5.  (63 years) - United States
5. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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8. Aug. 2017
6.  (18 years) - Poland
6. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2017
7.  (56 years) - Monaco
7. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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13. Jun. 2017
8.  (44 years) - 
8. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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3. Jun. 2017
9. Peter (61 years) - United States
9. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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16. May. 2017
10.  (40 years) - 
10. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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15. May. 2017
11.  (42 years) - 
11. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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8. May. 2017
12.  (59 years) - 
12. Course:  50+ Course - 1 week

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Everything is uncomplicated.
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No.
8. May. 2017
13.  (74 years) - Canada
13. 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
14.  (23 years) - 
14. 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
15. Tessa (20 years) - 
15. Course:  Standard - 3 weeks

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1. Mar. 2017
16.  (72 years) - 
16. 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
17.  (66 years) - 
17. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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a very friendly welcoming
12. Dec. 2016
18.  (68 years) - Sweden
18. 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
19.  (33 years) - 
19. 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
20.  (54 years) - Australia
20. 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.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
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
21.  (32 years) - Ireland
21. 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
22.  (55 years) - United States
22. 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
23.  (32 years) - United States
23. 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
24.  (62 years) - Sweden
24. 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
25. Elena (55 years) - 
25. Course:  Standard PLUS 5 Individual lessons - 2 weeks

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5. Oct. 2015
26.  (66 years) - Australia
26. 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
27.  (42 years) - 
27. 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
28.  (55 years) - 
28. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The organization. The teaching of grammar with Piero.
28. Sep. 2015
29.  (56 years) - 
29. Course:  Standard - 1 week

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The organization. Punctuality of teaching. Nice teachers.
23. Sep. 2015
30.  (60 years) - 
30. 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
31.  (80 years) - United States
31. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Teaching, cordiality of all staff
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Study before attending
15. Aug. 2015
32.  (65 years) - United States
32. 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
33. Maria (70 years) - Brazil
33. Course:  50+ Course - 2 weeks

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3. Jul. 2015
34.  (65 years) - Australia
34. 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
35.  (33 years) - Hong Kong
35. 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
36.  (66 years) - Israel
36. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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Training and learning methods, The teachers, School Location
2. Jun. 2015
37.  (59 years) - United Kingdom
37. 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
38.  (38 years) - 
38. 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
39. Daniel (24 years) - Belgium
39. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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17. Nov. 2014
40.  (72 years) - United States
40. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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Teachers, & students were all interesting and helpful
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Be prepared.
17. Nov. 2014
41.  (32 years) - Ukraine
41. 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
42.  (67 years) - 
42. 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
43.  (60 years) - Australia
43. 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
44.  (60 years) - Israel
44. 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
45.  (65 years) - Australia
45. Course:  Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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

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small class size
26. May. 2014
47.  (20 years) - 
47. 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
48.  (64 years) - 
48. 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
49.  (63 years) - 
49. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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23. Oct. 2013
50.  (65 years) - Canada
50. 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.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Participate in many activities!
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Well organized school with very nice and kind people.

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