Italian language courses

Learn Italian at the British Institute of Florence. We aim to get you speaking and thinking in Italian: you will be immersed in the Italian language from the very first day.

The British Institute of Florence offers a wide range of Italian language courses throughout the year:

Standard group courses of all levels – general Italian

Exam preparation courses

School and University groups


Italian language courses can be combined with History of Art courses and Drawing courses to complete your Florentine experience.

Our approach is to immerse you in the Italian language from the very first day.

Contact us to find the right course for you


Here are some of the comments from the participants of our Italian language courses:

A student wrote about the Italian course (April 2017)

I enjoyed it so much - the small group was excellent & the teacher & other young students very stimulating. Hopefully I'll come again

A student wrote about the Italian course (April 2017)

The rapport between teachers and students, developed over a number of weeks or months, is of course invaluable; our teacher certainly fostered a healthy, studious, enjoyable environment.

Another commented in May 2016

I really enjoyed the Italian language course, even although I am not a natural linguist. I particularly appreciated the teacher's approach to teaching which suited my learning style.

Peter wrote about the Italian Intermediate course (March 2014)

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".


Participants of all Italian courses are also members of the Harold Acton Library for the duration of the course.

Membership benefits include access to:

  • Thursday Afternoon Tea
  • Weekly Cultural Programme of guest lectures, film screenings, music recitals, literary events, wine tastings and art exhibitions
  • Over 52,000 books including extensive History of Art, Architecture and English Literature collections
  • DVDs, Wifi, Italian and English language newspapers and magazines
  • The British Institute Archive, which documents 19th and 20th century Florence, through its special collections of diaries and correspondence, and the rich history of the Institute itself, spanning much of the 20th century; it has a concentration of material on the British community in Florence and its relationship with the local community. Consultation of the Archive is by appointment.


If you have any questions, please contact us at: 

+39 055267781 / 


British Institute students and Harold Acton Library members are entitled to discounts around Florence on presentation of the British Institute card:

Click here to see all the discounts available for our students