Italian Language and Culture at LdM
Founded in 1973 in Florence, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is among Italy’s most comprehensive and well-established international institutions, offering...
A beautiful city, based on romance and passion, epitomising the phrase ‘la dolce vita’ – the good life, it is understandable, then, that Florence is one of the most popular places to learn Italian in Italy.
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.
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.
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.
Learning Italian in Florence and enjoying its culture and good life, Tuscan style, is an unforgettable experience.