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17 Italian Language Schools in Florence 2024

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Best Italian schools in Florence by category - student age group, value for money

TOP Rated by
Students < 18 years
Linguaviva
Students < 18 years
5.0

Rating: 5

(3)
Students < 18 years
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
#3 ABC
Students < 18 years
4.6

Rating: 4.6

(5)
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TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
Scuola Toscana
Students 18-30 years
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
#2 Parola
Students 18-30 years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(4)
#3 ABC
Students 18-30 years
4.5

Rating: 4.5

(30)
TOP Rated by
Students 31-49 years
#1 Parola
Parola
Students 31-49 years
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(7)
Students 31-49 years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(4)
Students 31-49 years
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(3)
TOP Rated by
Students 50+ years
Italianme
Students 50+ years
5.0

Rating: 5

(23)
Students 50+ years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(16)
#3 ABC
Students 50+ years
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(122)
TOP Rated by
Students all ages
Italianme
Students all ages
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(27)
Students all ages
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(24)
#3 Parola
Students all ages
4.6

Rating: 4.6

(25)
TOP Rated by
Quality of teaching
Italianme
Quality of teaching
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(25)
Quality of teaching
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(21)
Quality of teaching
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(8)
TOP Rated by
Leisure programme
Scuola Toscana
Leisure programme
4.4

Rating: 4.4

(21)
Leisure programme
4.3

Rating: 4.3

(22)
#3 ABC
Leisure programme
4.3

Rating: 4.3

(176)
TOP Rated by
Value for money
Italianme
Value for money
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(26)
Value for money
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(21)
#3 Parola
Value for money
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(24)
TOP Rated by
Location of school
Italianme
Location of school
5.0

Rating: 5

(26)
Location of school
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
Location of school
5.0

Rating: 5

(51)
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Florence ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in Florence

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Florence
749 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Florence
Nightlife
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Geographic setting
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Public transport
4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Climate
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Cleanliness
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Affordability
3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Shopping
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Safety
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

What our students said about Florence

3.0

Rating: 3/5

I didn't see that much of Florence because I was only there for a week. If you are interested in art, you can lose yourself in many interesting places here. You can easily reach the airport and the train station by tram. But you should also be aware that Florence is overrun by tourists. This means that if you want to see a tourist attraction, you probably have to queue and many restaurants seem to be geared towards tourists. They are overpriced and don't necessarily offer the fantastic food you would normally expect in Italy.

Andreas
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

The city is suffocating in mass tourism, in rubbish, the public transport with buses is an adventure and a disaster. Gentle and sustainable tourism for those really interested in culture is not offered, appreciated or established enough. Online booking for Galeria degli Uffizi and Galeria Academia and museums is too complicated and tedious, sometimes it doesn't work properly. With some shops and restaurants you have to be careful not to get ripped off, but with most of them it's not a problem.

Günter
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I wasn't that interested in nightlife, nor in shopping. Florence is a very beautiful city. It's a pity that you have to walk a long way to get to the river and that the city is not very green. Florence is something for the rich when it comes to shopping. But I like to wander the streets and breathe in the atmosphere. The Parco delle Rose is very beautiful and the Oltrano district and some places where not all the money tourists walk around.

Nico Marie
Germany
4.0

Rating: 4/5

The school management does not realise that some colleagues do not feel that their concerns are being taken seriously or that they no longer feel comfortable, which leads to an increasing deterioration in the climate in general and in motivation and morale. There is perhaps a lack of empathy and leadership skills here, which - admittedly - are required of teachers.

Christine
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

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
5.0

Rating: 5/5

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
5.0

Rating: 5/5

A very lively, vibrant, multicultural city with an incredible number of sights - unfortunately, this means that there are far too many tourists in the centre.... Unfortunately, my bike was stolen and an acquaintance's wallet was stolen... unfortunately, that also comes with the crowds. Nevertheless, I had a super nice, inspiring time.

Anja
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Beautiful city. So many breath taking and historical landmarks. The streets themselves are amazing to get lost in and just appreciate the architecture of the city and all the houses. Food was to die for. Can be a little touristy in the summer but definitely nowhere near as bad as Rome.

Ariane
Canada
5.0

Rating: 5/5

In the city centre there are rather small supermarkets in side streets, but you can find what you need. Sometimes very expensive portions in restaurants with small portions, best to check reviews beforehand. There are really good restaurants that are affordable and super tasty.

Andreas
Germany
4.0

Rating: 4/5

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
4.0

Rating: 4/5

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
5.0

Rating: 5/5

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
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Beautiful and interesting city with excellent roads and effective transportation. The only bad thing is that there are many tourists. It would be excellent to move the Senior Italian course to a month later, that is, at the beginning of October.

Marisela
Mexico
5.0

Rating: 5/5

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
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Florence is a great city. But for me personally, there were far too many tourists. For my next stay in Italy, I would choose a smaller city with a beautiful landscape or where you can quickly get to the countryside / nature.

Monika
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

It's really very touristy. So I think that's a really big negative. I went there because I wanted to see the museums. But after the touristy things, I mainly stayed away from the center. It is beautiful but far too busy.

Brit
Netherlands
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Of course, Florence is wonderful. I would stay away from May through August because the number of tourists have increased tremendously in the last few years and places to live while studying are sometimes hard to find.

Maria Kathleen
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Florence is a beautiful city with many friendly, open-minded locals, with a wide range of cultural and shopping opportunities, cafés, bars and restaurants. Mild temperatures in November. We would love to come back.

Kirsten
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

FLORENCE is a beautiful city! Fantastic, interesting with so much history and art flooding its streets. Culture, museums, lots of activity and there are so many things to discover. I will return without a doubt.

Cristina
Spain
3.0

Rating: 3/5

A really nice size of city. Plenty to see and do but also not overwhelming. I would not recommend it in high season as even in low season the main tourist sights eg the Uffizi were impossible to get into.

Jessica
England UK

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.

Chiara PoggiDirector of Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, lives in Florence since 1950
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.

Monica FabianelliDirector of ABC, lives in Florence since 1990
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.

Augusto MerliniDirector of Centro Fiorenza - IH Florence, lives in Florence since 1980

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.

Antonio VanniDirector of Accademia Europea Di Firenze, lives in Florence since 2005
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.

Simone CioniDirector of Parola, lives in Florence since 2004
Andrea Moradei

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

Andrea MoradeiDirector of Centro Italiano Firenze, lives in Florence since 1954

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Florence

Istituto Il David

Very good teaching staff. Generally a pleasant atmosphere and well organized.

22 May 2024
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 66 years

4.5

Rating: 4.5

| 52 reviews
Linguaviva

The teachers, the staff that accompanies the students, the teaching method.

15 May 2024
Course: Standard Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 17 years

4.4

Rating: 4.4

| 22 reviews
Scuola Toscana

At least my teacher was absolutely great. It was also good that there was a book with exercises and that homework was also required, which we then went through together
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6 May 2024
Course: Standard Intensive - Gold - 3 weeks
Student age: 69 years

4.8

Rating: 4.8

| 24 reviews
ABC

Except for one of the 3 teachers, the lessons were very good.

2 May 2024
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 72 years

4.6

Rating: 4.6

| 230 reviews
CarinaABC
Scuola Toscana

The quality and the ease of access of the professors. Collections of exercises.

30 April 2024
Course: Standard Intensive - Gold - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

4.8

Rating: 4.8

| 24 reviews

Information about Florence

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.
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.
Population: M  350,000
Elevation: 50 m. above sea level
Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)
Region: Tuscany, Province of Florence
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0861 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.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01 Dec. 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Italy in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Italy on the official website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 275 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 249 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Price index excluding rent: 85* (15% cheaper than New York)
  • 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): 4.39 €
    (7% 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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Best time to take a language course in Florence
April
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

13 April 2024 - 13 June 2024The first music festival ever in Italy, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino began as an opera festival in 1933. It attracts some of the biggest names of the classical music genre from Italy and around the world.

June
San Giovanni
San Giovanni

24 June 2024Feast 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 2024Florence 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 2024The 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.

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

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 12 minutes.

Main stops: Faccioli, Vivaldi

Taxi: 10 minutes drive to city center of Florence

Pisa International (PSA) - 69 km. from Florence city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 75 minutes.

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

Taxi: 80 minutes drive to city center of Florence

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi (BLQ) - 84 km. from Florence city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 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: 90 minutes drive to city center of Florence

Q&A - Questions and answers about Florence

  • From Pisa airport, you would need to get to Pisa Centrale train station (it's close to the airport, there are buses, trains and taxis that can take you there). From there, trains for Florence leave every hour or so. The train journey takes about 50 minutes.
    Gosia Mazur, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 19, 2023
  • All of our partner schools in Florence offer only Italian language courses and do not provide English courses.
    Andy Fukutome, LanguageCourse.Net - Apr 16, 2023
  • All of our partner schools in Florence offer only Italian language courses and do not provide English courses.
    Andy Fukutome, LanguageCourse.Net - Apr 16, 2023
  • ABC School is a very good choice! We personally cannot do the registration, but we will be happy to help you and prepare a registration link for you. In the link you will be guided through the steps of registration and don't worry, it's not difficult!
    Lisa Saskia Schiwy, LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 17, 2023
  • 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, LanguageCourse.net - Mar 10, 2022
  • We offer a range of Senior Programmes in Florence. Most of these courses start on specific dates.
    Madly Simba, LanguageCourse.net - Sep 23, 2021

FAQ about schools in Florence

  • We have several partner schools in Florence that offer intensive language courses, accommodation (in student residences, single rooms or host families) and a varied activity programme that focuses on discovering the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Contact our agents for recommendations on the best options.
    Veronica Romualdi, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 27, 2024
  • Courses that qualify for a student visa are required to meet certain conditions (number of courses per week and total number of booked weeks) and you will need to consult the embassy for confirmation.
    Some of our partner schools in Florence offer a combination of language and cooking courses, which are usually qualified for a student visa.
    At the top of the page, select "Italian & Cooking" and click Calculate Price Comparison to see all the relevant courses in Florence.
    Susan Wang, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 03, 2023

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