The British Institute of Florence today

The British Institute today is a vibrant bi-cultural institution offering a wide range of educational and cultural programmes for the Tuscan community as well as students and visitors from all over the world.


We believe in lifelong learning and welcome students of all ages and backgrounds. The youngest of our 2000 students begin learning English with us from the age of five while others are over 80. In addition to our comprehensive English language programme, we offer courses in Italian language, history of art, life drawing as well as a number of university study abroad programmes and a Summer School in Massa Marittima. We are the principal centre in Tuscany for the Cambridge English Language Assessment exams.


The Harold Acton Library, contains the largest lending collection of English books in mainland Europe and is host to many cultural and educational events throughout the year, providing lively point of contact between Italian and English-speaking people, whether long term residents, students or visitors. We have close links with many local organisations and institutions and our archives are recognised as a source of valuable material regarding relations between the Anglophone and Tuscan communities, as well as the history of the Institute itself, where they can be consulted by appointment.


We operate from two historic buildings in the centre of Florence; our Language Centre is in the Palazzo Strozzino and our Library and Cultural centre located on the south banks of the river Arno in the Palazzo Lanfredini. We are within easy walking distance of all the main museums, galleries and churches.