The British Institute of Florence today

The British Institute of Florence is a unique place. For more than 100 years it has offered residents of Florence and international visitors outstanding opportunities for personal enrichment through participation in educational, cultural and social activities.

For the Florentines ‘il British’ is the place to learn English (and take the Cambridge exams), and to engage with UK culture.

For international residents and visitors the Institute is a home-from-home, a special place beside the river Arno with its own community – a club that welcomes everyone in.   It provides visitors and new arrivals opportunities to meet people, get involved and find the inside track to Florentine language, art and culture. The Institute is a gateway to the fine legacy of the Grand Tour, a high quality alternative to the mass tourism that engulfs Florence.

For local and international organisations, the Institute offers wonderful rooms in our two historic Palazzi for their own events –   conferences, study abroad programmes, meetings, presentations, performances, training events, screenings, receptions and so on.

The British Institute is located in two historic palazzi in the heart of Florence’s centro storico

Palazzo Strozzino, on Piazza Strozzi, is home to our Language Centre. Here we offer high quality English language teaching to all ages, at all levels - from absolute beginner to most advanced! Certification is offered through the entire range of Cambridge English Language exams. We also offer innovative and flexible opportunities to study Italian. And we put the two languages together in a continuous programme of conversation exchange to ensure plenty of opportunities to practice newly learned linguistic skills!


Just five minutes’ walk away, over the Ponte S. Trinità, is Palazzo Lanfredini. This is where our Cultural Centre is housed in magnificent rooms, with a classic view across the river. The Cultural Centre comprises the Harold Acton Library, a large lending collection of English language books, and a range of fully equipped conference rooms - timeless spaces that offer a unique environment for study and contemplation, as well as an engaging programme of cultural events. Palazzo Lanfredini provides a lively hub for contact between the Florentine and the international communities – the place to meet up with friends old and new, and get the inside track on Florence.