Italian Courses

The British Institute offers Italian language courses for people who are in Florence and want to improve their command of the beautiful language. Our brilliant teachers lead classes that are both structured and highly interactive, designed to help you get to grips with the architecture of Italian, whilst quickly learning how to use it in a practical setting.


  • Enrol from 1  week to 3 months
  • Small groups
  • Courses at  beginner and intermediate levels
  • Highly experienced teachers, all qualified native speakers 

Whatever your level,  the courses are designed to develop your:

•    Confidence in speaking Italian and
•    Capacity to understand Italian as it is written and spoken today

After an extended hiatus caused by the pandemic, we are pleased to be offering Courses at the Beginner and Intermediate levels again in May, June and July.


Enrolment includes:

  • Two-hour lessons three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, leaving you free in the afternoons to follow the History of Art course (in English) or explore the city
  • Option to add in additional private lessons at discounted rate
  • Access to free additional activities to boost your learning, such as:
    • Aiuto - a one to one session with a teacher to help you with any areas of difficulty or if you would like extra practice
    • Oggi parliamo di... – a weekly conversation session. Each week has a different theme including music, food, art, cinema, literature, politics;
    • A pranzo con l’insegnante – understanding menus, ordering and chatting over a plate of pasta – all in Italian with teachers.

•    All course materials. You only need to bring a notebook and something to write with.

•    Membership of the Harold Acton Library for the duration of your course, with access to a wide range of cultural and social activites 

For further information and enrolment, please  write to us on, or call us on  00 39 055 2677 81 (between 11.30 and 18.30 CET)

When you enrol we ask you to complete a self-assessment form about your Italian language skills.