Home to numerous masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, Florence is widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. For those keen to learn about Italy’s history and heritage, there are few better places to do so. And as a companion to studying the Italian language, immersing yourself in the city’s rich culture can only enhance your experience.
There are a large number of students living in Florence at any one time, meaning there’ll be plenty of like-minded people for you to meet and share unique experiences with. If you’re thinking of coming to Florence to study Italian, we’ve picked out three of the best language schools that the city has to offer, based on factors including diversity and duration of courses, prices and reviews by previous students.
Centro Machiavelli – A Tandem School
Founded in 1978, the Centro Machiavelli Italian language school is part of the esteemed Tandem network of global language schools. A wide range of courses are on offer, including individual courses, group courses and combined intensive courses. Classes are kept to a maximum of 12 students and lessons, which are usually four hours long, are conducted exclusively in Italian. The methodology is centred around a communicative approach that reverses the traditional method of learning a language by focussing on the language in its entirety and then analysing its different components, such as grammar and syntax. In addition to its language courses, the school also offers art and craft courses held in artists’ studios and workshops, music and singing courses, cookery courses and a variety of cultural activities – all designed to enhance your Italian language skills while learning about Italian culture. The school also helps with students’ accommodation needs, and can find you host families to live with, or shared flats with other students, private flats and hotel rooms.
Koinè Center is one of the longest established Italian language schools in Italy and has schools in several cities across the country. Its Florence school is located in the city’s historical centre and offers a huge diversity of courses, many of which combine language learning with deeply immersive cultural activities such as cooking, art, photography and travel. The school applies a natural and conversational approach to language learning, with flexible, varied and effective classes complemented by afternoon activities designed to make study engaging and fun. Students are encouraged to take a leading role during lessons, with the teacher acting as a facilitator creating a productive learning environment. The school also offers a free-of-charge online accommodation booking service, allowing students to book their preferred option (whether it’s living with a host family, a shared or private apartment, a B&B or a hotel) at the same time they enrol for their courses.
With locations across Italy, Linguaviva has built a reputation as one of the best Italian schools in Italy, winning several prestigious international educational awards along the way. The Florence school offers courses from beginner to advanced levels throughout the year. A modern communicative approach is used, with course contents covering all aspects of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Work is conducted in small groups with an average of 10 students per class, allowing for active participation and interaction during lessons. Regular progress tests at the end of each level enable student and their teachers to measure language development and evaluate performance. Some courses also offer the chance to combine language learning with leisure and cultural activities such as language and art, language and cooking, or language and fashion. The school also offer a wide selection of accommodation to meet students’ needs, including homestays, shared flats, independent flats, hotels, or student residences.