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Reviews of Centro Machiavelli, 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.

Average Rating

Based on 62 reviews of former students of Centro Machiavelli
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Centro Machiavelli, Florence, Italy
4.2/5.0 
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.5/5.0 
Social activities 3.6/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay 3.8/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.0/5.0 
other 4.0/5.0 

Individual Reviews

Centro Machiavelli
5. May. 2016
1.  (62 years) - Brazil
101. Course:  Intensive + History of Art (1 week) + Introdutory Class - 2 weeks

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Include Art History in their studies
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It´s especially for young students
11. Mar. 2016
2.  (32 years) - Finland
102. Course:  Semi-Intensive - 2 weeks

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The location. The possibility to take a course for only two weeks.
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The highest level they had was too low for me. Also some students were speaking English in the class which I didn't like.
7. Mar. 2016
3.  (58 years) - Colombia
103. Course:  Intensive - 8 weeks

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all the people who work there, especially the teachers
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Were the best two months of my life. I recommend to everyone who can, enjoy this unforgettable experience . I'm sure they will love Firenze, the Piazza Santo Spirito, the Machiavelli Center. I left my heart in .... FIRENZE !
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I extended my 8-week course for another two and unfortunately had to stop for the Christmas holidays and year end. I just have to thank all who work there for their kindness and competence. Especially the teacher Cristiano with whom I had the privilege to meet and mingle . So with Cristina , Helen, Eleni, Vicenza, ... everyone! I miss you all!
9. Sep. 2015
4.  (66 years) - 
104. Course:  Semi-Intensive - 8 weeks

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The very warm atmosphere and the quality of teaching. The exceptional hospitality of Helen who finds all the answers to our questions.
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The guided city tours with Rima.
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The kindness and patience of my two teachers Gino and Christina.
12. Aug. 2015
5.  (30 years) - 
105. Course:  Intensive - 2 weeks

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3. Aug. 2015
6.  (45 years) - 
106. Course:  Super-Intensive - 2 weeks

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I liked it so much! All the material was explained very clear as if it were my native language. The school is located near the magnificent church. I walked through the center to get to the school so I passed by all the main attractions.
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I studied for two weeks but it is not enough, it is better to plan a course for more than a month and come when it is not so hot.
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Wonderful staff, very positive people.
15. Apr. 2015
7.  (62 years) - United States
107. Course:  Intensive - 4 weeks

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Energy and good mood of the teachers, plus support staff is excellent.
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Great pizza at the restaurant directly under the school.
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Fine location.
24. Jan. 2014
8.  (46 years) - 
108. Course:  Intensive - 3 weeks

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How they welcomed us, the excellent disposition to help us in everything, excellent classes and professional teachers whose classes were easy-going, varied, motivating. Good learning in all my language skills whist having fun.
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I would have liked to extend the course. I would come back, no doubt.
27. May. 2013
9.   - United States
109. Course:  Super-Intensive - 1 week

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The teachers were wonderful and made learning easy because they made it fun.
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Make sure to bring food for snacks as breaks are short.
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I can't wait to go back!
9. Feb. 2010
10.  (21 years) - 
110. Course:  Intensive - 4 weeks

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Great teacher!
7. Oct. 2009
11.  (26 years) - 
111. Course:  Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teacher, Vicenza, and the cooking class at Rima's.
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You really have to participate in one of the activities, you meet so many new, nice, great people!
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I have had two wonderful weeks, I really enjoyed it tremendously. A big thanks for Vicenza is in place, she is absolutely a wonderful teacher and person.
16. Jun. 2009
12.  (25 years) - Australia
112. Course:  Intensive - 4 weeks

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16. Jun. 2009
13.  (24 years) - 
113. Course:  Intensive - 8 weeks

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Everyone is very nice at the school. Most of the teachers do a great job! Every 2 weeks there's a test, so if you make good progress you will join the next class.
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The whole city is nice! I liked especially the place where the school is. Everyday after school we were drinking a beer and eating a panino at the stairs of the church in front of the school :)
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There are a lot of Japanese people at the school (I think over 90%)! They are really nice but in the beginning it's difficult to make friends when you're a foreigner on your own. But after 2 or 3 weeks you like them all ;)
17. Dec. 2008
14.  (27 years) - 
114. Course:  Intensive - 4 weeks

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15. Dec. 2008
15.  (34 years) - 
115. Course:  Intensive - 12 weeks

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19. Nov. 2008
16.  (51 years) - 
116. Course:  Intensive - 2 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
17.  (22 years) - Sweden
117. Course:  Intensive - 6 weeks

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Gino was a tremendous teacher
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Gino was an outstanding teacher and I'm more than satisfied with my progress in the first two weeks. The standard of the rest was though unfortunately below average.
7. May. 2008
18.  (21 years) - 
118. Course:  Intensive - 12 weeks

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Lessons were really good! Teachers were nice and helpful
19. Nov. 2007
19.  (22 years) - 
119. Course:  Semi-Intensive - 8 weeks

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I don't have comment.s Everything was excellent.
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you will not regret if you go in Florence and at the school Machiavelli
17. Nov. 2007
20.  (26 years) - 
120. Course:  Intensive - 2 weeks

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It´s a small but really nice school. The groups are not very big and you can practise a lot the language.
5. Nov. 2007
21.  (23 years) - 
121. Course:  Intensive - 4 weeks

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Teachers were so nice and really into making your trip worth it.
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The room renting(appartements) is a nice way to meet people your age!
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I think it is a really cute school. Not so expencive as the other schools in florence.
21. Jun. 2007
22.  (22 years) - Sweden
122. Course:  Intensive - 4 weeks

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don´t forget to bring a dictionary
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What about the TANDEM PARTNER. I applied the very first day to get one,never heard much more about it though.
23. May. 2007
23.  (26 years) - Israel
123. Course:  Semi-Intensive - 2 weeks

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great personality
3. Jan. 2007
24.  (40 years) - 
124. Course:  Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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9. Nov. 2006
25.  (24 years) - 
125. Course:  Intensive - 2 weeks

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12. Oct. 2006
26.  (24 years) - 
126. Course:  Semi-Intensive - 8 weeks

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20. Sep. 2006
27. Karin (27 years) - United States
127. Course:  Semi-Intensive - 3 weeks

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Loved the school and everyone I met through the program. The only problem it was the housing was more then 20 minutes by walk and not near the center of town.
16. Aug. 2006
28. Gunter (43 years) - 
128. Course:  Intensive (Special Offer) - 2 weeks

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14. Sep. 2005
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129. Course:  General Course

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absolute excellent value you receive for your money.
1. Sep. 2005
30.  (31 years) - Spain
130. Course:  General Course

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23. Jun. 2005
31.  (23 years) - 
131. Course:  General Course

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The teachers at Macchiavelli are very open-minded, very friendly and helpful
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The "Dolce Vita" is a great bar, but be there on time (about six or seven the latest), otherwise you might not find a free chair
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It is very easy to switch the level if you feel not to be in the right place. You can ask the teacher about everything, they always do their best. Thanks to Frederica and Gino :)) Oh, and don't miss the guided tours through Florence - they are for free, you meet lots of people and the guide, Rima, is absolutely lovely
7. Nov. 2004
32.  (25 years) - 
132. Course:  General Course

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All cordial. I felt at home and I would have liked to stay longer
9. Sep. 2004
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133. Course:  General Course

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13. May. 2004
34.  (30 years) - Chicago, Usa
134. Course:  General Course

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It is very easy and unexpected how you make friends.
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Be sure to hike up to Piazza Michelangelo and also visit Fiesoli.
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In general, it is a very nice school with qualified teachers and great prices. They do their best to match you with local housing, so some students will have better homes than others just by luck.
6. Apr. 2004
35.  (40 years) - Japan
135. Course:  General Course

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23. Mar. 2004
36.  (36 years) - Japanese
136. Course:  General Course

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Depend on the class. but im my class, the teacher was good.
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Don't sperk Japanese with your Japanese friend in your class! Speak italian only!!
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Here is Florence, so there are many many many Japanese. But if you keep speaking italian only, you'll get ability. Forza!!
11. Mar. 2004
37.  (22 years) - Germany
137. Course:  General Course

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the certificate should be a bit better it's just a paper that says that you attended the class
10. Mar. 2004
38. Melynee (28 years) - Usa
138. Course:  General Course

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7. Mar. 2004
39. Julia (23 years) - Deutschland
139. Course:  General Course

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20. Jan. 2004
40.  (30 years) - Norway
140. Course:  General Course

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My teacher, Benedetta.
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Sometimes it seems like the classes are just thrown together at random - remember that you can change your class if you are not happy!
5. Nov. 2003
41.  (50 years) - Deutschland
141. Course:  General Course

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Language exchange.
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The contact between me and the family , that is to say my host, could have been a little bit closer.
27. Oct. 2003
42. Angelina (26 years) - Mexico
142. Course:  General Course

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22. Oct. 2003
43.  (24 years) - 
143. Course:  Super Intensive (+35h)

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13. Oct. 2003
44.  (24 years) - EspaÑola
144. Course:  General Course

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8. Oct. 2003
45. Ana (23 years) - España
145. Course:  General Course

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8. Sep. 2003
46. Anna (19 years) - Enpanya
146. Course:  Super Intensive (+35h)

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28. Aug. 2003
47. Marta (20 years) - EspaÑa
147. Course:  General Course

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8. Jul. 2003
48.  (26 years) - Switzerland
148. Course:  General Course

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4. Jul. 2003
49.  (22 years) - Deutschland
149. Course:  General Course

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I had a great time, I would definitely come back again.
20. Jun. 2003
50. Schuller (28 years) - Deutsch
150. Course:  General Course

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13. May. 2003
51. Lilli (24 years) - Germany
151. Course:  General Course

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7. May. 2003
52. Steffen (24 years) - Germany
152. Course:  General Course

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25. Apr. 2003
53.  (22 years) - Kroatien/deutschland
153. Course:  General Course

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Friendly and boring teacher
23. Apr. 2003
54.  (30 years) - Germany
154. Course:  General Course

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Small, nice teachers.
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problems with the owner of the appartment: we changed the house for the last two days and went in a hotel.he was very unfriendly. the school will not send any more people to him.
23. Apr. 2003
55.  (22 years) - Germany
155. Course:  General Course

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small groups; friendly and interested teachers; international atmosphere
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future students should be interested in japonese food ;)
3. Apr. 2003
56.  (25 years) - España
156. Course:  General Course

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The school is small but welcoming which makes easy to be in contact with other students during breaks.
27. Jan. 2003
57.  (35 years) - Germany
157. Course:  General Course

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The school is located in a very nice place. The teachers Federica and Benedetta are very good.
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Go buy food at Pennymarket, it's cheap and good. View the town from Piazza Michelangelo. It's wonderful.
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Florence is fantastic but full of tourists, very expensive and - depending where you live - extremely loud. Don't forget earplugs. The weather is still nice well into October.
7. Oct. 2002
58.  (27 years) - Germany
158. Course:  General Course

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Small school
9. Sep. 2002
59.  (56 years) - Deutschland/ Baden-württemberg
159. Course:  General Course

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The lessons were interesting.
17. Aug. 2002
60.  (21 years) - Deutschland
160. Course:  General Course

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The family atmosphere.
10. Sep. 2001
61.  (23 years) - Germany
161. Course:  General Course

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Because Machiavelli is rather a small school everybody really cared about us.
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The open-air pub (disco) "Le Murate" ("Vie di Fuga")is a great place. Hotel "Baglioni" has a nice terrace that offers a great view over Florence...so do Fiesole and Piazale Michelangelo.
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Florence is a very beautiful city. I felt really comfortable there - I only wish that I could have stayed longer. Our appartment was nice - a bit dirty though, but the location was gorgeous and we had the whole flat for ourselves. The school was less than a one minute walk away...and Ponte Vecchio (city center) was about a 5 min. walk.
8. Aug. 2001
62.  (21 years) - Deutschland
162. Course:  General Course

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Very nice teacher and the setting of the school was good
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Throw parties and go to the gelateria "vivoli"
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For me 2 weeks were just perfect since my accomodation was not very clean. But for learning Italian I would have liked to stay at least a month. That would be perfect for a beginner.

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