L'OLIVO ITALIANO
Italian Courses in Florence, Italy
L’OLIVO ITALIANO
Italian Courses in Florence, Italy
Italian Courses in Florence, Italy

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About L’OLIVO ITALIANO

The Italian Language and Culture school in the countryside of Florence.

In the hills surrounding Florence with an amazing view on its historical city center the school has modern and equipped classes in a historical medieval building surrounded by olive trees. The ideal place to study in a quiet place and discover Tuscany and Florence.

In a pleasant and friendly environnment italian native and experienced teachers will help you to speak italian only from the very first day. Classes are very small, our motto is Quality over Quantity, being active in class and having fun while learning Italian allows for fast, tangible and long-term progress. Our teaching approach is communicative, Learners are continuously encouraged to practice the oral language thus allowing them to learn Italian in the most natural way, without forgetting grammar of course. In order to learn a language, students have to practice speaking as much as possible. Teachers take care of every single students and classes are tailor-made on personal interests and needs. We always use a wide range of authentic and real teaching materials to ensure that your learning experience is effective and engaging.

Furthermore we costantly arrange language exchanges with natives, events and excursions, creating occasion to get in touch with locals and immersing yourself in the real Italian culture.

WHAT Italian COURSES DO WE OFFER?

    Business & Professionals
    Courses + Activities
    Exams & Academic
    General & Intensive
We offer a wide range of course: starting from language experience of basic Italian of a few hours until intensive classes for 3-6 months. The standard course lasts 2 weeks. We offer group classes and individual tuitions, general Italian classes or business Italian, Italian in Medicine, Law or Tourism. Workshops on opera and opera singing, on photograph, aromatic herbs, art history or fresco painting. We prepare students to afford exams such as Cils or Celi or test for Italian university, Italian licence.

Just tell us what are you looking for, we are sure to find the class that suits your personal needs.

WHAT ACCOMMODATION DO WE OFFER?

    Homestay
    Hotels
    Private Apartments
    Residences

  • Hostel - cheap solution in the very nice hostel in the same medieval building as the school. Dormitories and some private rooms. Also ideal for big groups of students. We recommend this solution to those who have no difficulty sharing life with other people and who do not wish to cook and generally do not need to use the kitchen as well as to those who can enjoy the peaceful of this site. Nice environment and friendly atmosphere. Possibility to make new friends both Italian and foreigners. Possibility to participate in the evening events (music, dance, apericena ...) which often are organized here especially in sommer.

  • Homestay You will have a single room in a family.  Staying with a family is a suitable option for people of all ages. The family offers the opportunity to practice Italian in everyday life. The family can be composed of a couple with or without children or just one person. We recommend this solution to people who want to share daily life with an Italian family and easily adapt to the times and rhythms of a family. 

  • Shared apartment Single room in furnished and equipped apartments in the countryside, in the town or in the city. Usually the apartments have from 2 to 4 people, which can be Italian or foreigners, sometimes other students in the school. We recommend this solution to those who have no difficulty sharing life with other people and loves to cook meals alone, independently. Staying in a shared flat is a suitable option for people of all ages. Young people can share the apartments with students (university age) and adults can share apartments with workers.

  • Independent flat Furnished and fully equipped apartments in the countryside, in town or in the city. It is recommended for those who want total independence and privacy and for those who wish to cook their meals independently using the kitchen of the apartment.

  • Single room at the hotel/farmhouse You can choose between farm, villas in the countryside or  hotels in the town or in the city, of different price categories. (from 3 to 5 stars). We recommend those who want more privacy and people who do not wish to cook and prefer to choose half board or full board treatments having at the same time a private room

WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?

Our students coming from all over the world, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and Russia. Enjoy this international environnment! We have mostly adults and seniors.  Teenagers coming at our school generally travelling as groups and not as individuals.
    AGE MIX
    ORIGIN OF OUR STUDENTS

    Facilities

    The school has bright and spacious classrooms equipped with modern teaching equipments. Air Conditioning. Free WI-FI throughout the area. Access for people with disabilities. To relax, stroll and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city of Florence students can enjoy the park and olive grove.  Coffee/tea area available at the school, small bar at the hostel beside the school.

    LEISURE

    Our courses are not only language classes but true immersions in the Italian world and culture. What will your Italian course in Italy be worth if you don't practice Italian with the Italians? We design our social and cultural activities in a way to offer you many opportunities to practice your Italian. Every week: Italian cinema, Italian speed date (language exchanges with native italians) and Apericena, our dates included in the course fee! In addition we offer to the students the possibility to join many cultural or leisure activities, tours, excursions, tasting, workshops...to discover the territory and the Italian culture, get in touch with Italians and make new friends.
    Visa Information
    We are more than happy to support you with any extra costs with visa.

    How to get there

    You can get Florence by airplane, train, bus or by car.

    The school is located just out of a small town called Bagno a Ripoli which is 4 kilometers far from Florence. You can reach the school by car or by bus / bike from your accommodation to Bagno a Ripoli with free pick up from Bagno a Ripoli to the school.

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    L’OLIVO ITALIANO

    Via del Bigallo e Apparita

    50012, Toscana

    Il Bigallo, Italy

    http://www.lolivoitaliano.it

    Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    T: +39 328 7698617

     

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    • by Mateusz P.
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      The best language school I have ever attended
      The best language school I have ever attended. Hi everyone my name is Matthew (Mateusz) I’m from live in Zurich, I work in an international consulting company, and I speak fluently five languages (Polish, German, Russian, Dutch, English). I spontaneously decided to learn Italian and I found this school simply on the internet. 1. Preparation My aim was to go to Italy for three weeks and only study Italian. I am a language freak and this was my major target. I booked the standard course with additional private lessons three times a week. As you will notice the school has one of the best internet pages I have seen in Italy, and of course you should not judge the book by its cover, this time the old saying is wrong. Since I am a very demanding person I contacted the school, and Alessandra was patient, nice to clarify all of my questions. After a short email exchange I was sure that this is going to be a great choice, and in the end I was not wrong. 2. Teaching I had lessons with Irene. (Mio Dio) My Goodness, she was extremely good. I used to learn some Italian in Instituto di Culture a Vienna (in Vienna) and my case was specific due to some shortcomings and inconsistent knowledge of grammar, but Irene was keen and competent enough to spot all of my difficulties and design the lessons in such way that I did not wanted to leave the room. Her methods are of great mix, connecting innovative and common approaches. She feels their students, and from my experience with the teachers is one of the key aspects of being a teacher. The fresh knowledge was immediately concreted with exercises, games and fun. Great job! 3. Organization and activities Both ladies, Alessandra and Irene are simply angels in souls and the masters of organization. I live in Zurich and as all the stereotypes goes you do not expect that in other countries there can be sth as well organized (yes, you can judge me that I am a pedantic Swiss snob etc, but I am writing an honest review). Every moment of my stay with the school was thought through, and meticulously prepared. Alessandra provided me with exact coordinates how do I can get to the school with the local bus, and even when I experienced a cultural clash on the bus station she was so kind to pick me up and bring to the school in order to begin on time, which other school would care more? Irene, my language master, provided me with everything I need to develop my language skills and learn more about Italy. Not the Italy we know from the TV, but the true Italy seen by people who live there. On my request, there were topics covered which were of relevance for me and also due to my desire I was able to get piles of homework. An amazing language experience which until now I have not been able to find in Poland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Alessandra and Irene organize additionally tandem meetings for people who would like to exchange their languages for Italian, offered by natives. Both ladies do care and invest more than a common language school. I am a person who can always find a loophole, but not in this case! There is nothing what I would improve. I enjoyed the time and my languages ego was fully satisfied. Hadn’t been for my job and short vacation have, I would go there every month. I can only recommend, and be thankful for such a good service. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Mateusz
      Saturday, 04 August 2018

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