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Rating: 4.8

4.810 reviews

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4.9
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Rating: 4.7

4.7
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The Instituto Il David is located in the center of Florence in a prestigious and safe area. It's only a minute walk from the central square (piazza della Repubblica), 5 minutes from the... More

Standard Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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Rating: 4.7

4.73 reviews

Rating: 5.0

5.0
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Florence has an ora of history and art, with a network of streets filled with traditional and tasty restaurants and bakeries, wineries for watching the world go by and boutiques with the... More

Intensive Italian Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
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400€ 383€
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#3
ABC

Rating: 4.6

4.6192 reviews

Rating: 4.7

4.7
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Rating: 4.3

4.3
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School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda)

If there is one way to live the Italian bella vita while learning the finer intricacies of the Italian language, then this would probably be the place for you. ABC Florence is situated in... More

Standard Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
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470€ 450€
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Rating: 4.5

4.580 reviews

Rating: 4.5

4.5
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Rating: 4.2

4.2
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School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda)

Situated in the historic centre of Florence, close to Piazza Santa Croce, just a few hundred meters away from the Sant'Ambrogio market and the flea market. There are many popular bars and... More

Italian Language & Culture - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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Rating: 4.5

4.58 reviews

Rating: 4.7

4.7
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Rating: 4.0

4.0
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School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by UNOSEL  (Union Nationale des Organisations de Séjours Linguistiques) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration)

Over 2000 qualified teachers in 30 countries all over the world are associated with the school organisation. 'Study & Live in your Teacher's Home' offers you the unique opportunity for a... More

Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
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2420€ 2299€
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Rating: 4.5

4.54 reviews

Rating: 4.7

4.7
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Rating: 4.0

4.0
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School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration) School accredited by EDUITALIA

Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF) is located in the heart of Florence. The school building is a quick walk from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Piazza Signoria and other historical... More

Standard Italian Course 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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410€ 393€
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Rating: 4.4

4.437 reviews

Rating: 4.5

4.5
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Rating: 4.1

4.1
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School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda) School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization) School accredited by EDUITALIA

The Europass, Italian language School is located in the exceptionally charming city of Florence, in a beautiful neoclassical building built in 1831, just a few steps from the Duomo and... More

Standard Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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480€ 456€
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Rating: 4.3

4.387 reviews

Rating: 4.6

4.6
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Rating: 4.0

4.0
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School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by ARELS (Association of Recognised English Language Services) School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda) School accredited by Elite (European Federation of National Associations of Native Language Instruction) School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization) School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration) School accredited by EDUITALIA

The school is situated in a historical palazzo with a magnificent view of the Cathedral, in the heart of downtown Florence, only a few minutes walk from the most famous sights. More

Intensive Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
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Parola

Santa Croce

Rating: 4.3

4.36 reviews

Rating: 4.2

4.2
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Rating: 5.0

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Parola is an Italian language school that is located in the historic centre of Florence. This Italian school is situated very close to the most important monuments of Florence such Ponte... More

Intensive Course - Allegro - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 10
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320€ 304€
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Rating: 4.2

4.267 reviews

Rating: 4.4

4.4
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Rating: 3.6

3.6
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School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda) School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization) School accredited by EDUITALIA

Centro Machiavelli Italian Language School in Florence has been a leading school in the teaching of the Italian language for over 40 years. Located in the lively and historic centre of... More

Intensive Italian Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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410€ 392€
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Rating: 4.2

4.219 reviews

Rating: 4.4

4.4
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Rating: 3.8

3.8
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School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda) School accredited by IALC  (International Association of Language Centres) School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration) School accredited by EDUITALIA

The school is situated in the San Lorenzo quarter, in the heart of the old city, just a few steps away from the Medici chapels and the famous central market area. More

Super Intensive Italian Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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Rating: 4.2

4.216 reviews

Rating: 4.6

4.6
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Rating: 4.0

4.0
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School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda) School accredited by IALC  (International Association of Language Centres) School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization) School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration) School accredited by EDUITALIA

The school is situated near the central railway station in the city centre of Florence, close to all the shops and restaurants. More

Standard Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
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Rating: 4.1

4.127 reviews

Rating: 4.1

4.1
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Rating: 3.8

3.8
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School accredited by IALC  (International Association of Language Centres) School accredited by Italian in Italy School accredited by EDUITALIA

Located right in the historic city centre, in a seventeenth-century palace with classrooms overlooking the river Arno offering a delightful view. The left side of the river, Oltrarno, where... More

Basic General G80 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 10
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Florence is one of the most peaceful and interesting areas of the city. There are beautiful places to visit nearby such as an ancient food market, some humanistic faculties of the... More

Small Group - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 6
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The school is situated in the heart of Florence, a stone throw away from the Piazza della Repubblica. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops near by for you to immerse yourself in... More

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Rating: 4.0

4.0
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Rating: 3.0

3.0
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School accredited by ASILS (Associazone della Scuole di Italiano come Lingua Seconda)

Scuola Toscana Florence is a school dedicated to the teaching of the Italian language and culture to foreigners. They are located in the heart of the historical centre of the city, within... More

Gold [C2] - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
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360€ 342€
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School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization)

The school is located in the heart of Florence city centre and a few steps from the main monuments, buildings and churches. It is in the area of main bars, restaurants and nightclubs. More

Standard Italian Language Course - 10 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
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170€ 162€
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What our students said about Florence

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 carnevale month so perfect for visiting Italy, Venice and Viareggio as the carnevales 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: 6/5

6.0

Museum and church hours can be challenging

Joyce

Rating: 5/5

5.0

One of the most beautiful places on earth

Gregory
England UK

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Florence

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 192 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 | 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 | 87 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 | 87 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 | 192 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 | 87 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: 4.7

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 Italian 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 | 192 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 | 37 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 | 87 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 | 192 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 | 192 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

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 192 reviews

Availability. Warm welcome. The teaching is well structured especially regarding the grammar. Attentive teachers. The afternoon activities are very interesting (visits, museums, cine, yoga)
I have no criticism to make as I have been really satisfied even though my progress was slow (I'm an absolute beginner).

19 February 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 64 years

Benoit
France

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 37 reviews

Relationship between teachers and students

18 February 2019
Course: Intensive course - 4 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Vera Elisabete De
Brazil

Key Facts about Florence

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.

Population: 350,000

Elevation: 50 m. above sea level

Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)

Region: Tuscany, Province of Florence

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1707 USD)

Name of city in Italian: Firenze

Florence quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8

4.8 (560 reviews by our former students)

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): 265 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 242 €

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):3.90 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Plug Type L
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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

Weather in Florence

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Events in FlorenceBest time to take a language course in Florence

September
Rificolona
Rificolona

07 September 2020The 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.

January
Pitti Immagine Uomo
Pitti Immagine Uomo

January 2021Pitti 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.

Pitti Imagine Bimbo
Pitti Imagine Bimbo

January 2021The Pitti Immagine events are among the most important ones in the fashion industry. Pitti Immagine Bimbo is dedicated to clothing tendencies for children ages 0-14. Two editions yearly: winter and summer.

Pitti Imagine Filati
Pitti Imagine Filati

January 2021Pitti Immagine events are among the most important ones in the fashion industry. Pitti Immagine Filati is a trade show dedicated to yarn of all types and for all uses, from clothing manufacture to home knitting and fiber art.

February
Danza in Fiera
Danza in Fiera

February 2021Publicized as a trade fair and show, Danza in Fiera is Italy's main dance event focusing on dancing and ballroom dancing in particular. There are competitions, masterclasses, castings, and open lessons as well as stands selling some on the best related products on the market.

Tourisma- International Archeology
Tourisma- International Archeology

February 2021TourismA - International Archaeological Exhibition is a yearly event where important figures from the world or archaeology can meet to present their findings, consult with others, and exchange ideas and information about anything and everything to do with ancient history.

April
Florece Bike Festival
Florece Bike Festival

April 2021A weekend festival in Cascine park dedicated to bicycles of all types with events, tests, demonstrations, shows and even an expo village where you can acquire all your biking needs. Family friendly event for the eco-conscious who truly believe that bicycles set you free.

Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart)
Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart)

April 2021One of the loudest folk traditions of the Easter season in Italy, the "explosion of the cart" is literally that, a wagon filled with fireworks that is set alight. The fuse runs from the alter of the cathedral and is lit by the priest.

International Italian Handicrafts
International Italian Handicrafts

April 2021 - May 2021Annual handicrafts trade fair that has been running for well over 70 years. With crafts of all types, be inspired by the creativity and craftsmanship of hundreds of artisans. There is literally something here for everyone.

Tango Festival
Tango Festival

April 2021 - May 2021A week of tango, passion and the good life in Florence. Take lessons or attend milongas hosted by guest DJs in some truly spectacular locations. Mingle with the artists, and dance with new friends from around the globe.

May
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

May 2021 - June 2021The 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 2021Feast 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 2021Florence 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.

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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