Italian language courses

Due to the global COVID-19 situation, our Italian language group courses are suspended until further notice. Bespoke courses for individuals and pairs are available. These can be face-to-face lessons or online. For more information please contact 

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:

I found the overall experience superb. My teachers were absolutely fantastic. My skills improved exponentially over the course of three months and I hope to return. Many thanks to all of the staff at the British Institute. - April 2018
Beatrice was excellent and very responsive to my needs and ideas. I came away with some very good ideas for further study and reading. A la prossima!! - July 2018
I can't think of anything that would make classes better. - September 2018
Teachers have been encouraging and supportive creating a warm confidence building environment in which to learn. Bravo! - October 2018
I was very happy and have nothing to add at the moment. Thank you very much!! - December 2018

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