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 can't offer any ideas for improvement. I loved the way this program worked - the additional opportunity for one-on-one, conversation with those taking English classes, etc. I wish I could have stayed for another month. Thank you for a great experience. PS - I would be remiss if I didn't mention the rest of the staff who made the whole experience feel like being family.

A. G. – March 2019 – Italian Pre-intermediate class


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)

 To have the opportunity to live in Florence for a month with just this much academic structure and exploration is an incredible gift. The British Institute also provides a community through which to meet like-minded people, who love Italy, and with whom we have made and enjoyed ongoing friendships.

K.G. from USA (Dawn of the Renaissance, April 2017) 


Having visited Florence before it was really wonderful to gain such in depth knowledge from such high calibre presenters at every venue we visited.

M.S. from Australia (Art of the Renaissance in Florence, July 2017)

All lecturers were very knowledgeable. I appreciated the connections they were able to make and the enthusiasms they brought to their lectures. I also appreciate the manner in which the participants felt free to question and discuss the various topics.

G.W. from Canada (100 Treasures, September 2017)


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 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 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