• Linguaviva

    Founded in 1976, Linguaviva provides a wide range of Italian programmes designed to ensure that the specific needs of each individual are met. The school handles the selection and the reservation of housing accommodation best suited to the student’s needs and arranges a rich programme of social activities. Linguaviva offers general Italian courses as well as a range of special courses: Art / Design, Art History, Cookery, Preparatory Course for University, Italian & Internship, Cultural Programme...

  • Centro Fiorenza

    Established in 1982, Centro Fiorenza is a private school, specialised in teaching Italian Language and Culture to foreign students arriving from all over the world. The school’s premises are situated right in the historic centre of Florence, in the prestigious Palazzo Guicciardini (18th century), overlooking the Arno river and the famous Ponte Vecchio. All premises are air-conditioned and Wireless. The school is affiliated to IALC, International House, officially recognised by the Italian...

  • Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM)

    With over 40 years of experience, LdM is among Italy’s most distinctive international institutes for higher education and the teaching of the Italian language. It offers a great variety of courses on Italian Culture: Italian for Tourism, Italian through Cooking, courses on Art History, Creative Arts, and Design courses. A team of advisors assist students throughout their stay. Facilities in Florence include elegant premises in the city historic centre, cafeteria, garden, library, computer...

Florence at night

Florence, the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany, is the birthplace of the European Renaissance, a cultural movement of the 14th-17th centuries that brought Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to the forefront.

Florence is rich in history, architecture, art and sculpture – the city is essentially an open-air museum.

Florence architecture

Many palaces and squares, some with famous statues, are masterpieces. A tour of the city is not complete without a visit to the iconic Cathedral, Accademia and Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's top art museums and home to important works of the Renaissance by da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Local churches such as Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are art galleries in themselves.

Spanning the Arno River is Florence's world-famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, lined with antique jewellery shops and with views of hills and the beginning of the rolling Tuscan countryside.

Ponte Vecchio

Florence is one of the main centres for shopping in Italy and second only to Milan as a source of Italian high fashion. The shopping street to visit is the Via de' Tornabuoni.

Italian cuisine is famous and visitors are spoilt for choice in Florence. For food with a view, the bars and restaurants  on the picturesque Piazza della Signoria have outdoor tables facing the Palazzo Vecchio. The city’s most famous speciality is “bistecca alla fiorentina” (rare steak, served with lemon), often enjoyed with a glass of local Chianti wine. And to cool down, especially in summer, there are many places to try Italian ice-cream and sorbets.

Classical music and opera are performed in churches and piazzas all over the city and Florence celebrates a number of colourful festivals throughout the year. 

As well as religious events and Carnivale there is the Maggio Musicale, Italy’s oldest arts festival, staging theatre, classical music, jazz and dance from April to June and Festa di Anna Maria Medici, a costumed parade to mark the death of the last Medici.

Florence has a lively nightlife, with some bars staying open until the early hours. Nightlife hubs include bohemian Oltrano and the area around Piazza della Signoria. There are also plenty of concerts, dance and theatre performances in this famous city of culture.