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L'Olivo Italiano | Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana | Italian Language and Culture School

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Via del Bigallo e Apparita 18 , Florence (view map)
96% (2 reviews)

About L'Olivo Italiano | Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana | Italian Language and Culture School

In the green Tuscan countryside very close to Florence, we guide our students in the discovery of the Italian language and culture. An authentic experience to learn Italian by living Italy!
L'Olivo Italiano has bright, fully equipped classrooms inside a medieval charming building surrounded by beautiful olive trees, nestled in the countryside 4 km south of Florence, with a breathtaking view on his historical centre; the ideal point of departure for excursions to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Rome.

Classes, suitable for all levels, are only held by qualified native Italian teachers and you speak Italian only from day one. Courses are not only language classes but true immersions in the Italian world and culture.

Lessons are never passive. Being active in class and having fun while learning allows for fast, tangible and long-term progress. We always encourage learners to practice oral language through pair works, dialogues, games, discussion topics, interviews, role-plays, presentations... Classes are composed by max. 9 persons. We use lots of teaching materials, which are authentic and regularly up-to-date, to make your learning experience effective and engaging.

Sports

  • Golf
  • Jazz dance
  • Riding
  • Tennis

Additional Services

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Facilities for students with disabilities
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support

Accommodation

  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Shared Apartment
  • On campus

Work and Further Studies

  • Further academic studies available on campus
  • Language and Au pair study
  • Work experience / internship with local companies

Activities

  • Architecture
  • Dancing
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Art / Painting
  • Art history
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Fashion
  • Hiking
  • Historical sightseeing
  • History
  • Oenology / Enotourism
  • Photography
  • On campus events
  • Volunteering
  • University student social events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

Courses

General Italian

92% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Location Type: Rural/Countryside

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students, One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic

COMPLETE COURSE
A thorough and general course in Italian Language and Culture aimed at improving language skills and acquiring greater confidence while working on all four primary communication skills simultaneously: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Duration: The course is designed and structured for two weeks, but it’s also possible to enroll to a one-week course. The course starts on Monday and ends on Friday.

Program:
LINGUISTIC REFLEXION 9.20 am – 11.00 am
Observation, analysis and above all practice of linguistic and grammatical structures to learn how to properly communicate in Italian.
BREAK 11.00 am -11.20 am
During the break you can have a coffee or a tea, chatting with friends, enjoying the beautiful view from the rooftop terrace or strolling among the olive trees in the park of Bigallo. The real relaxing break!
CULTURE 11.20 -13.00
Conversation and activities on topics of general interest such as: trends, history, politics, art, music, science, gossip, traditions, gestures and body language, society and habits with the aim of:

- Knowing and deepening cultural and social elements, pointing out differences with other cultures and thus acquiring the ability to better interact with Italians. As language is not only a means of communication but is much more than that, is also the expression of a cultural identity.
- Improving your communicative ability to express your needs, feelings your own ideas and opinions, to give instructions, to protest, to apologize, to defend ourselves, respecting the communicative intentions: formal/informal, polite/rude, professional/friendly, critical/uncritical imperative/conciliatory, etc.

Business Italian

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Location Type: Rural/Countryside

Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

ITALIAN LANGUAGE FOR COMMERCE
The course covers all major topics of commerce to allow professionals and students in the sector to attain the linguistic and cultural proficiency necessary to behave professionally in the workplace. We deal with businesses and corporations, contracts and invoices, banking and investment, business plans and marketing, e-commerce and globalization.

Italian online

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS VIA SKYPE
On-line lessons are an option for those who don’t have the possibility of coming to the school, but who wish to practice and study Italian from home or at the office, or for former students who, once back home, wish to maintain their language skills.
Duration: A 60 min. lesson. The course material is emailed before the lesson and is included in the price.

Professional Italian

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

SPECIALIZED ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES
Recommended for students, researchers, or foreign professionals looking to improve their language skills in a specialized sector such as medicine, commerce, or law. Upon request, for groups of at least 3 people, we can organize courses in other areas of specialization as well.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE FOR MEDICINE
The course focuses on the Italian language of general medicine and provides the tools to improve the understanding and the communication on scientific topics, from lexicon (ex: the human body, the circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous system, etc.) providing local cultural elements such as the knowledge of the Italian health care system.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE FOR LAW
The course focuses on specialized topics of the legal sector, allowing students to deepen not only the legal lexicon of the constitutional, commercial and civil law, but also the typical Italian cultural elements such as the Italian legal system and the civil and criminal trials.

Duration:
1 week that can be extended to 2 weeks.
Courses start always on Monday and finish on Friday.

Tailor made Italian courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students, One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic

Location Type: Rural/Countryside

PROGRAM:
Morning group classes
LINGUISTIC REFLECTION
9.20-11.00
Observation, analysis and above all practice of linguistic and grammatical structures to learn how to properly communicate in Italian.
BREAK
11.00-11.20
During the break you can have a coffee or a tea, chatting with friends, enjoying the beautiful view from the rooftop terrace or strolling among the olive trees in the park of Bigallo.
The real relaxing break!
CULTURE
11.20 -13.00

Conversation and activities on topics of general interest such as: trends, history, politics, art, music, science, gossip, traditions, gestures and body language, society and habits with the aim of:

Knowing and deepening cultural and social elements, pointing out differences with other cultures and thus acquiring the ability to better interact with Italians. As language is not only a means of communication but is much more than that, is also the expression of a cultural identity.
Improving your communicative ability to express your needs, feelings your own ideas and opinions to give instructions, to protest, to apologize, to defend ourselves, respecting the communicative intentions: formal/informal, polite/rude, professional/friendly, critical/uncritical imperative/conciliatory, etc.

Program:
Afternoon Individual Lessons
13.30 -18.30
Individual lessons can be arranged every afternoons (Monday-Friday). According to your personal targets and needs, a personalized program will be defined to reach the desired goals.
To best meet your needs we offer 3 different DEGREES of frequency and lengths of INTENSIVE COURSE lessons:

INTENSIVE 90
5 morning Group lessons
+ 3 afternoon individual lessons of 90 minutes each per week.

INTENSIVE 60
5 morning group lessons
+ 5 afternoon individual lessons of 60 minutes each per week.

INTENSIVE MAXI
5 morning group lessons
+ 5 afternoon individual lessons of 90 minutes each per week

Italian Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Location Type: Rural/Countryside

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced

Class Sizes: One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students

Depending on your tastes, passions and curiosities you can choose the activities you prefer to do in addition to Italian culture and language classes and to weekly appointments.

You can combine your complete course of Italian language and culture to our “packages” dedicated to various themes: the package to explore the territory and the local food&wine (LA DOLCE VITA), the cooking and gourmet package (DE GUSTIBUS), the nature and naturopathy package (NATURALMENTE), the discovery package to visit the area through unconventional guided tours (DISCOVERING TUSCANY) and the photography package (SHOTS OF ITALY). 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.

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L'Olivo Italiano | Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana | Italian Language and Culture School

Switzerland   

studied Tailor made Italian courses

The best language school I have ever attended

The best language school I have ever attended.

Hi everyone my name is Matthew (Mateusz) I’m from live in Zurich, I work in an international consulting company, and I speak fluently five languages (Polish, German, Russian, Dutch, English).

I spontaneously decided to learn Italian and I found this school simply on the internet.

1. Preparation

My aim was to go to Italy for three weeks and only study Italian. I am a language freak and this was my major target. I booked the standard course with additional private lessons three times a week.

As you will notice the school has one of the best internet pages I have seen in Italy, and of course you should not judge the book by its cover, this time the old saying is wrong.

Since I am a very demanding person I contacted the school, and Alessandra was patient, nice to clarify all of my questions. After a short email exchange I was sure that this is going to be a great choice, and in the end I was not wrong.

2. Teaching

I had lessons with Irene. (Mio Dio) My Goodness, she was extremely good. I used to learn some Italian in Instituto di Culture a Vienna (in Vienna) and my case was specific due to some shortcomings and inconsistent knowledge of grammar, but Irene was keen and competent enough to spot all of my difficulties and design the lessons in such way that I did not wanted to leave the room.

Her methods are of great mix, connecting innovative and common approaches. She feels their students, and from my experience with the teachers is one of the key aspects of being a teacher. The fresh knowledge was immediately concreted with exercises, games and fun. Great job!

3. Organization and activities

Both ladies, Alessandra and Irene are simply angels in souls and the masters of organization. I live in Zurich and as all the stereotypes goes you do not expect that in other countries there can be sth as well organized (yes, you can judge me that I am a pedantic Swiss snob etc, but I am writing an honest review).

Every moment of my stay with the school was thought through, and meticulously prepared. Alessandra provided me with exact coordinates how do I can get to the school with the local bus, and even when I experienced a cultural clash on the bus station she was so kind to pick me up and bring to the school in order to begin on time, which other school would care more?

Irene, my language master, provided me with everything I need to develop my language skills and learn more about Italy. Not the Italy we know from the TV, but the true Italy seen by people who live there.
On my request, there were topics covered which were of relevance for me and also due to my desire I was able to get piles of homework.
An amazing language experience which until now I have not been able to find in Poland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Alessandra and Irene organize additionally tandem meetings for people who would like to exchange their languages for Italian, offered by natives. Both ladies do care and invest more than a common language school.

I am a person who can always find a loophole, but not in this case! There is nothing what I would improve. I enjoyed the time and my languages ego was fully satisfied. Hadn’t been for my job and short vacation have, I would go there every month.

I can only recommend, and be thankful for such a good service.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Mateusz

posted 2 months ago

L'Olivo Italiano | Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana | Italian Language and Culture School

France   

studied General Italian

un superbe séjour linguistique !!!!!!!

Oui, bonjour
Je voulais juste vous remercier pour ce séjour linguistique en Toscane (pays d'art et de rêve) où j'ai beaucoup appris tant en italien qu'en culture italienne.
Tout m'a plu : l'ambiance, la gentillesse... jamais de temps morts.
Nous avons affaire à des professionnels.
je reviendrai vous voir l'an prochain, c'est sûr !
Amicalement
Pascale
Ce fut un réel plaisir

posted 2 years ago

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