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Italian Language Schools in Florence - Ranking 2022

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22 Best language schools in Florence (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Florence? Florence, a city in the heart of Tuscany, is known as the capital of the ...
Renaissance. The city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, with striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure filled churches attest to the city´s cultural and historical heritage. The famous and vibrant Ponte Vecchio connects the historical and busy part of the city with the quiet part on the other side of the river Arno.
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What we like about Florence
  • Safest city in Italy.
  • Fantastic art, history and culture to explore.
  • Lots of good shopping spots.
  • Great location to explore the North of Italy with large cities nearby.
What we dislike about Florence
  • Long queues for popular attractions.
  • Can feel very hot and sticky in the summer months.
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What our students said about Florence

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Beautiful city that we already knew. Public transport is generally good, but sometimes a VERY long wait. Florence is not cheap (but which city is), in the center even really expensive, but if you go more to the suburbs it is doable. Groceries are more expensive than in the Netherlands. And with regard to safety: PAY ATTENTION -> there are plenty of pickpockets!

Ric
Netherlands

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Florence has always been a beautiful multi-faceted city. Saturday crowds in the centre are like those at Disneyworld. It is over-touristed, which the locals accept with tired grace. Everyone switches into English. So a student of Italian gets less chance to practice. One has to look for out of the way places to speak to locals in Italian.

Tatiana
Canada

Rating: 4/5

4.0

It seemed to me that Florence has a lot of bars for nightlife, but I did not have time to explore it, so I can not rate it. In general, in Florence you need to go to museums, because it is a city of art. You can also walk a lot and for a long time, eat, do shopping.

Svetlana
Russia

Rating: 4/5

4.0

As long as one can stay in the calmer parts of the city everything is great. Florence has to think carefully about the fact that more and more and even more tourists will soon compromise the quality hard enough to make it less worthwhile to visit this great place.

Albert
Switzerland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

We bought the wrong ticket for the bus, so we had to pay extra. In addition, there are cars all over the city, so you have to watch out all the time not to get run over. I found it a bit stressful. The gardens outside were very beautiful. So was our accommodation.

Janine
Switzerland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

It is a very beautiful city that is definitely worth a visit. In the city centre (not only there) you will find the historical buildings and museums. But it is also not far on foot to enjoy nature on the outskirts of the city.

Holger
Germany

Rating: 4/5

4.0

I'm not into nightlife or shopping so can't rate them but I fell in love with Florence. I'm looking into doing a year here on an extended visa.

Karen

Rating: 5/5

5.0

February is carnival month so perfect for visiting Italy, Venice and Viareggio as the carnivals are amazing.

Barbara
England UK

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Florence is my favorite city. I come here every year. I am in love with the city.

Gerlinde
Austria

Rating: 5/5

5.0

It is a beautiful city. I felt very safe. The people were very friendly.

Nell
England UK

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Tourist high season! Hot summer, but otherwise, wonderful.

THOMAS

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Too many tourists in the city but it is a beautiful place.

Theresa
Austria

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I was not interested in shopping so can’t evaluate.

Marion

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Unfortunately, I only took part in an online course.

Susanne
Germany

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Lovely historic city but oh so crowded with tourists.

Christopher
England UK

Rating: 5/5

5.0

One of the most beautiful places on earth.

Gregory
England UK

Rating: 6/5

6.0

Museum and church hours can be challenging

Joyce

Rating: 5/5

5.0

City of breathtaking beauty I felt at home

Ginette
France

How our students rated their experience in Florence

4.7

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Nightlife

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Public transport

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Climate

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Affordability

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Shopping

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Safety

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Florence

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

The teachers were very friendly and kind. The school was well organised. I was very happy and would recommend it to others or go again at any time :)

22 April 2022
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 35 years

Janine
Switzerland

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

Top location incl. beautiful sunny terrace, top organisation of placement test, allocation and lessons, teaching staff very informal, authentic and friendly, students from various nations with different ages (16-75 years).

18 April 2022
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 35 years

Raphaela
Switzerland

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

There is a thorough placement course. The schedule is two hours of grammar, a short break, then two hours of conversation. I think that's just perfect. The school has its own textbook. There are some typos in it, but they are easy to spot, so it is not really a problem.

28 February 2022
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 63 years

Holger
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

The reception and the quality of the courses a good pedagogy of the teachers

24 December 2021
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 67 years

Ginette
France

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

Very friendly teachers and all staff.
Great place to learn Italian.

15 November 2021
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 46 years

Piotr
Poland

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 200 reviews

Very good mix: Concentration was required in the first two grammar lessons, and I learned a lot. The following two conversation lessons were a relaxed, amusing and instructive chat with people of all ages and all over the world.

8 November 2021
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 53 years

Yvonne
Switzerland

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

Very friendly, happy and competent teachers who put a good emphasis on communication, clarify all questions, explain rules and exceptions well. I was only here for a week, which I liked a lot, but is definitely too short. Ideally, next time I would book one week again, then travel for 1 week to relax and then again take a 2-3 week language course.

18 October 2021
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 49 years

Mara
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 4 reviews

Very friendly and competent staff, who always try their best to find the best learning situation for you. Location is very central and beautiful, as well as the terrace. Rooms and equipment are modern and nice. The afternoon activities (currently because of Covid/off-season twice a week) are great for language skills and also knowledgeable in art & history. I thoroughly recommend this school!

18 October 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: years

Sibylle
Germany

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 200 reviews

Excellent organization and communication with the school. I liked the teachers - the lessons were good. The school is in the very center of the city, it is convenient to get there and have a walk as soon as the lessons are finished. The school organised a very interesting city tour.

27 September 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 29 years

Svetlana
Russia

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 200 reviews

The location, the building and the teachers.

21 September 2020
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 53 years

Richard
England UK

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 91 reviews

Especially for total beginners like me, it would be good to be able to repeat simple sentence constructions aloud in grammar lessons. The teachers could give this possibility even more. Just listening and writing down is not enough.

25 August 2020
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 65 years

Margit
Germany

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

The teachers were all great, they are clear, fun and patient. Everyone in the school was incredibly nice!

28 July 2020
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Bas
Netherlands

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 6 reviews

Atmosphere, learning materials, location and after-school activities

20 March 2020
Course: Intensive Course - Allegro - 3 weeks
Student age: 29 years

Cassandra
Finland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 91 reviews

The instructors made the materials fun to work on. I was only disappointed that we were not aware of the focus of program before we started.

13 January 2020
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 69 years

Theodore
Canada

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 91 reviews

Excellent teacher.
It would be very helpful to have known ahead of time which week of the two teaching cycles we would be entering. It would have been much better to adjust our dates so that we could have started in the first week.

13 January 2020
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 65 years

Nancy
Canada

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 200 reviews

The school was really good and it has great staff.
I would like to come back to the school in the future.

25 December 2019
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Bader
Kuwait

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 91 reviews

The school is full of people, young and old, and it's very easy to make friends if that's one of your goals.

25 November 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Adam
United States

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 20 reviews

Students have the opportunity to get to know other participants. Afternoon activities are arranged by the instructors.
Information about art classes and other activities on the website are misleading. These need a week's notice, not conducted in the area and are expensive.

25 November 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

Joyce
United States

What school directors said about Florence

Chiara Poggi

It is a safe city and an "open air museum". The city of Florence is used to welcome students and tourists from all over the world and during the whole year.

Monica Fabianelli

Florence is well known all over the world for its monuments and artistic masterpieces.It is culturally very lively in all seasons but it is also a people-orientated and love-able town. Florence is beautiful 365 days per year.

Augusto Merlini

A rich historical legacy as well as vibrant contemporary developments make FLORENCE one of the most famous cities in the world. Here was born and continued to evolve the Italian language.

We are proud and very fortunate to have the whole city as a single, great classroom available to us and to our students. An open-air museum, a three-dimensional encyclopedia of art, a miracle of beauty and harmony; in reality, Florence is much more: it is a living and breathing place, in which the word culture acquires a wider meaning, merging with the lifestyle and with the very idea of humanism.

Simone Cioni

Florence is the most important Italian city to learn Italian thanks to its great literary heritage and to the cultural patrimony of the Renaissance.

Because it's one of the most beautiful city in the world and above all it is unique.

Interesting information about Florence

Key Facts about Florence

Population: 350,000
Elevation: 50 m. above sea level
Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)
Region: Tuscany, Province of Florence
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0714 USD)
Name of city in Italian: Firenze
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 266 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 237 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:85* (15% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:59* (41% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:73* (27% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Italy average):4.27 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Plug Type L
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Florence

Weather in Florence

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Events in FlorenceBest time to take a language course in Florence

June
Pitti Immagine Uomo
Pitti Immagine Uomo

14 June 2022 - 17 June 2022Pitti Immagine events are among the most important ones in the fashion industry. Pitti Immagine Uomo is a fashion fair entirely dedicated to the latest trends and innovations in menswear. Presented twice yearly, once in the winter and then again in summer.

San Giovanni
San Giovanni

24 June 2022Feast of Saint John, the patron saint of Florence. Countless events are organised around the city including boat races on the Arno, a historical parade, the final match of the Calcio Storico and even a nighttime marathon. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display.

Historical football in costume
Historical football in costume

24 June 2022Florence celebrates its patron saint, John, with a game of Calcio Storico, an early form of football. The game is played in period dress with competing teams representing the four quarters of the city.

September
Rificolona
Rificolona

07 September 2022The festa della Rificolona is a folk festival held every year in the heart of Florence. It includes a popular parade, music and myriad paper lanterns carried by children. The tradition dates back to the 12th century and celebrates the birthday of the Virgin Mary.

What to do in Florence

The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery
The Church of Santa Maria Novella
The Church of Santa Maria Novella
Basilica of San Lorenzo
Basilica of San Lorenzo
Centro Storico
Centro Storico
Duomo
Duomo
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Arrival Airports

Florence Peretola (FLR) - 4 km. from Florence city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 3,00 €, 12 minutes.

Main stops: Faccioli, Vivaldi

Taxi: 22 €, 10 minutes drive to city center of Florence

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: London City, London Gatwick, London Luton
Pisa / S. Giusto (PSA) - 69 km. from Florence city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 4,99 €, 75 minutes.

Main stops: Pisa Central Station, S. Frediano A Settimo, S. Miniato F., Montelupo Caprala, Le Piagge, Firenze Santa Maria Novella

Taxi: 124 €, 80 minutes drive to city center of Florence

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Belfast International, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • USA: New York John F. Kennedy
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi (BLQ) - 84 km. from Florence city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 16,00 €, 110 minutes.

Main stops: Beer, San Felice, Central Staton, Bologna Centrale, Firenze Santa Maria Novella – Unita'Italian/Farmacia Stazion, Rome Duomo, Orsanmichele, Canto Alla Quarconia, Ghibellina/Baiana Viaggi

Taxi: 150 €, 90 minutes drive to city center of Florence

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester
  • Ireland: Dublin

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FAQ about schools in Florence

  • Scuola Toscana has received the best overall rating in Florence.
  • Istituto Il David, located in Via de Vecchietti, 1 has been voted as the school with the best location in Florence.
  • In Florence the following courses are offered specifically for business Italian: Business Italian Group, Business Italian Private, Medical Italian, Italian for Tourism & Hospitality, Italian for Fashion, Italian for Aviation.
  • Schools in Florence offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: CILS, DELI-AIL, CELI.
  • In Florence, the ABC school offers a course in general Italian combined with 5 or 10 individual lessons focused on the Italian language used in the medical sector. Upon completion of the course, the student receives a certificate of attendance, but this does not give them any official credentials. If you need an official document/certificate, we cooperate with schools in Rome and Milan which offer preparation courses for the IMAT exam.
    Gosia Mazur, Senior Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.net
  • We offer a range of Senior Programmes in Florence. Most of these courses start on specific dates.
    Madly Simba, FR Consutlant from LanguageCourse.net

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