What people say about us

So when, very nearly thirty years ago, I was invited to become Patron of The British Institute of Florence, it didn’t take me very long to say “yes!”.  
Now throughout the hundred years of its existence the British Institute has played an essential role in fostering understanding between the people of the United Kingdom and the people of Italy. In so doing, it has helped to strengthen and deepen the relationship between our two countries.

From the speech by HRH The Prince of Wales for the Strozzi Foundation 'Renaissance Man of the Year Award' in Florence, 3 April 2017. Click here for an article on His visit to the British Institute of Florence.


I don't recall any angry words in the library. Only peace and tea overlooking the Arno. Ever grateful to the Insitute for excellent total immersion Italian language course.and insight into Florentine culture.

A.W. - commenting a post on our Facebook page (June 2017)


The course not only explains the major developments in art during the period, but is very successful in placing these in the wider context of historical developments and religion. […]I liked the background reading material that was provided for most lectures. Whilst I will not pretend I have read all of it, the material I did read was very interesting and allows each student to further engage with areas he/she is particularly interested in. […] The BI Library is a great location for the course. Not only is there a huge quantity of reference material at your fingertips, but the Institute's cultural program provided a valuable additional layer to my overall experience.

R.F. – UK (History of Art course: The Dawn of the Renaissance, Apr 2016)

The most valuable aspect is that the art we talk about is all around us. We talk about it in class, and then we go to see it. I have never had an art history course that brought the history to life as much as this series does. In addition, many aspects of the Renaissance were included (techniques and materials, Guelf and Ghibelline and clannism, Art conservation, politics, government and the Black Death) so that you get more of "the whole picture" instead of just a small slice.  

T.P. – USA (History of Art course: The Dawn of the Renaissance, Sept 2016)


The most valuable aspects of the course are the diversified topics within art period. Art, music, social all for the same century. As a result gain a rounded view of the period rather than just studying art. The cultural programme is great and the library facilities are excellent.

L.H. – UK (History of Art course: The Early Italian Renaissance, Feb 2016)


I enjoyed the mix of classroom lectures, site visits and art workshops. They make the course very interesting.

L.W. – Singapore (History of Art course: The Early Italian Renaissance, May 2016)

I think there was a great balance of visits and lectures, and also a great mix of personalities from the lecturers - everyone always made each topic very interesting.

E.S. – UK (History of Art course: The Early Italian Renaissance, Oct 2016)

I find it all valuable, the most in particular I have benefitted from are: the lecturers, the site visits, the information online you give us access to, the access to the library, the Wednesday evening cultural program.

L.M. – Zimbabwe (History of Art course: The Italian High Renaissance, Mar 2016)

The most valuable aspect is the amount of information I’ve learnt during the course. I have had the most brilliant time doing this course, one of the best months of my life!

LMS – U.K. (History of Art course: The Italian High Renaissance, Jun 2016)

The multi experiential dimensions of the course-lecture, architectural and museum site visits to provide art in context in situ instead of through slides alone, and the sculptor's studio-are the components that make this type of learning provided by the British Institute of Florence absolutely superb.

J.S. – USA (History of Art course: Art in Renaissance Florence, July 2016)


The vocabulary covered was very useful in terms of settling in to life in Florence. We learnt so many useful questions, like how to order food and drinks....etc. I was able to communicate what I wanted in shops and restaurants and was able to make small talk when I met locals.

Sofia - Italian course


What are the most valuable characteristics of the teacher? "Puts the class at ease, allowing mistakes to be made without embarrassment. Clarity, humour and a willingness to explore all subjects at the level the class wishes.

Peter - Italian course