Experience - L'Olivo Italiano - Italian Language & Culture School
Nestled in the typical Tuscan countryside landscape, very close to Florence, we are a small school promoting Italian culture and language. We guide our students in the step-by-step discovery of Italy through a timetable plenty of variety: intensive language classes to both groups and individuals, mini-courses on specific topics, language exchanges; cooking, herbal medicine & photography workshops; movies, books, music & theatre; guided & walking tours; happy hours, dinners, tastings and much more.
Classes, cultural activities and events give you the chance to experience the real Italy getting in touch with the Italian daily lifestyle in a friendly and informal atmosphere, a chance to learn Italian by living Italy!
Classes and activities are only held by qualified and experienced native Italian teachers . As well designed to achieve quick results to students of all abilities, our programs aim also to enable the dialogue and the cultural-cross between students, teachers and local people.
Programs are for those who need to learn intensive Italian for both work or pleasure, for students who wish to study in an Italian University or school, for people who already live in Italy and need to effectively manage their daily life, for those who want to spend a pleasant cultural holidays or for travellers who would like to master just some basic sentences to get by in Italy.
L'Olivo Italiano has bright and fully equipped classrooms inside the Antico Spedale del Bigallo , a medieval charming building surrounded by beautiful olive trees, with a breathtaking view on the historical centre of Florence, on the Giotto's Bell Tower and Brunelleschi's Cupola. It's the ideal location to stay focussed on learning in a relaxed atmosphere, to breathe the air of Tuscan countryside, to take long walks, or just to read a book under an olive tree of our park. An ideal point of departure for excursions to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Rome.
Whatever your needs you will find a suitable accommodation option for your perfect stay: inside the Antico Spedale by Bigallo's Hostel , by an Italian host family , or if you're looking for more privacy, by a picturesque holiday farmhouse or in an private or shared apartment nearby the school. We're happy to help you to find the right accommodation that best suits your lifestyle, budget and needs.
STANDARD COURSES OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
A dedicated course of Italian Language and Culture focused on every part of the language learning process: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The intensive course combines the COMPLETE COURSE of Italian Language and Culture with one-to-one personalized tuitions, focused toward each students own goals.
SHORT TERM COURSES
What is a pill? It is a single lesson of 100 minutes dedicated to a specific communicative situation.
For those who approach Italian for the fist time or for those who wish to refresh their basic knowledge, we suggest this mini-course to get familiar to the fundamentals of the language.
SPECIALIST ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
Recommended for students, researchers and foreign professionals who wish to develop their language skills in a specialized sector: medicine, commerce, law. For groups of at least 3 people we can organize on request courses on other specialist areas.
Individual tuitions tailored to your needs to achieve linguistic/communicative targets as for example: fasten the learning process, improve the writing skills, practice specific languages, improve phonetics, focus on grammar and/or vocabulary, work on specific needs of work or study, concentrate on areas of specific interest or specific skills such as comprehension or expression.
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS VIA SKYPE
On-line lessons are the answer for all those who can't come to school,
but wish to practice and study Italian language from home or for our former students that once back home, wish to keep training.
It's possible to combine the language course with one of our interesting packages of social activities, choosing among:
- Dolce Vita - Visit the region and taste local food and wine.
- De Gustibus - Taste, experience and cook Italian food.
- Naturalmente -Visit the surrounding area "at a walking pace" and find out more about the world of plants and natural medicine!
- Scoprendo la Toscana - Visit Tuscany in an unusual way, on foot, in Fiat Cinquecento and on an old-fashion horse-drawn wagon
- Scatti d'Italia - Discover the territory and its heritage from behind a lens of your camera.
The proposed activities are all interesting opportunities to practice Italian discovering a little more of the territory and a way to enter into direct contact with the inhabitants.
When spending time in Italy everything you do becomes a real Italian lesson. Participating to activities and socializing is a natural, pleasant and efficient way to use vocabulary and strengthen the skills learned in the classroom. Our staff carries out the activities speaking Italian with patience and joy, in a relaxed and inspiring ambiance.