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21 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 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

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

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

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: 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

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Florence

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 193 reviews

The location, the building and the teachers.

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

Richard
England UK

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 10 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 | 88 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 | 88 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 | 193 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 | 88 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: 4.8

4.8 | 10 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

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 193 reviews

The welcome, the warmest ladies at the desk. Good and serious assessment of basic level and good communication about this. Excellent, very nice, motivated teachers. I've never liked school so much.
We have not extended our course because we do not actually use Italian any further. Due to circumstances we have to learn Spanish. Unfortunately ABC does not do this otherwise we would certainly have done it at one of their schools.

21 October 2019
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 64 years

Charlotte
Netherlands

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 3 reviews

The location of the school is amazing: in an old medieval tower next to the river with a terrace with one of the best views of the city. There is also a working room and coffee place. Everything inside is very modern and design.

3 October 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 56 years

Luc
Switzerland

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 80 reviews

In my opinion, studying at this school is especially suitable for students with a B1 level and higher. A variety of exercises in pairs and groups provide good conversational practice. The atmosphere at the school is very welcoming, the activities after class are interesting and informative.

30 September 2019
Course: Italian Language & Culture - 2 weeks
Student age: 56 years

Elena
Russia

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 10 reviews

Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
The teachers were so enthusiastic and patient as well as encouraging. Their lessons were interesting and engaging. I would love to go back!

2 September 2019
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Catherine
England UK

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 193 reviews

Friendly atmosphere, very good but relaxed classes

1 September 2019
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 37 years

Lotte
Netherlands

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 38 reviews

Relaxed atmosphere, committed educators.

15 August 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 64 years

THOMAS
United States

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 88 reviews

With Sara we had a absolutely wonderful time. She is such a great person: open minded, funny, competent and just molto sympatico.

17 June 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

Albert
Switzerland

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 193 reviews

Friendly, helpful, and professional
Good school

22 May 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 64 years

John
United States

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 193 reviews

Everything! Perhaps it was a little cold, I think this will be worse in January.
Very good!

14 March 2019
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 68 years

Antioch
Netherlands

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 10 reviews

I would definitely recommend Instituto il David on all levels. By far the best school I have used for studying Italian.

11 March 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 65 years

Barbara
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.

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.

Key Facts about Florence

Population: 350,000

Elevation: 50 m. above sea level

Time zone: -1h. (GMT +1)

Region: Tuscany, Province of Florence

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 4.9177 RON)

Name of city in Italian: Firenze

Florence quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8

4.8 (564 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from Romania do not require a visa for travelling to Italy and attending a language course. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 3 (rankings of universities in Florence)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week: 249 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in Bucharest

  • Student price index excluding rent:193* (93% more expensive than Bucharest)
  • Student price index including rent:170* (70% more expensive than Bucharest)
  • Price index food only:186* (86% more expensive than Bucharest)
  • Big Mac price (Italy average):3.84 € (108% more expensive than in Romania)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Plug Type L
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Events in FlorenceBest time to take a language course in Florence

September
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Rificolona

07 September 2021The 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:
  • Romania: Bucharest Otopeni
  • 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
  • Romania: Bucharest Otopeni
  • 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:
  • Romania: Bacau International, Bucharest Otopeni, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, Timisoara
  • United Kingdom: Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester
  • Ireland: Dublin

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