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Introducing L'Olivo Italiano - a school with a view in the heart of Tuscany

Published on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Nestled in the picturesque Tuscan countryside, very near to Florence, L’Olivo Italiano promotes the Italian culture and language. We guide our students in a step-by-step discovery of Italy with a program that is both varied and articulated: intensive language classes for either groups or individuals; mini-courses on specific topics; language exchanges; cooking, herbal medicine, and photography workshops; films, literature, music, and theatre; guided  walking tours; cocktails, dinners, tastings, and much more.


Our classes, activities, and cultural events are an opportunity to experience the “real Italy” by immersing yourself in its daily lifestyle in a friendly and informal atmosphere: a chance to learn Italian while experiencing Italy.



L’Olivo Italiano offers its students the chance to study and stay in the same location, inside the Antico Spedale del Bigallo building, as in a real “Campus”. A unique and economical solution, in a charming complex of medieval origin, ideal for groups of all ages. From the youngest that can move freely and safely within a protected environment away from the city chaos, to adults who will enjoy the tranquility and charm of this place in the magnificent Tuscan hills, with stunning views of the historic center of Florence, which is only 4 km away.





Seminars, workshops and short, medium or long term courses of Italian Language and Culture, suitable for all levels of proficiency, held exclusively by experienced native teachers.



- Up to 52 beds divided into bright and comfortable dormitories, with 5 or 8 beds each, decorated in Renaissance style. Shared bathroom and shower for each dormitory

- 6 double rooms for group leader/ courier/driver with a private bathroom and shower.




A variety of dining options are offered:  only breakfast, half board or full board, served in the medieval dining hall or in the Renaissance cuisine. Themed lunches and dinners with live music on request.


A great number of activities can be organized for groups. Just to give you some examples:


- MEDITERRANEAN NIGHT: Dinner with typical southern Italian dishes accompanied by Southern Italian traditional dance lesson and live music.

- GUIDED HISTORICAL TOUR OF “THE ANTICO SPEDALE DEL BIGALLO” to discover the history and the secret spaces of this ancient medieval building.

- HORSE OR TREKKING EXCURSIONS to plunge into the wonderful Chianti countryside and stroll among vineyards and olive groves

- MOONHIKE – NIGHT WALK: 2 hours walk through the Tuscan countryside uphill. Departure in front of the school to enjoy the breathtaking view of Florence’s lights, while listening to the sounds of nature

- BIKE TOUR ON THE FLORENCE HILLS: Afternoon tour on the hills with apericena in a villa in front of the pool

- GUIDED WALKING TOUR in the heart of Florence with our tour guide Beatrice who will tell you the history of the city in a pleasant and fun way

- WINE TASTING and visit to the cellars at a magnificent wine farm estate in the heart of Chianti

- SHORT EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TASTING COURSE and during the harvesting period guided tour of an historic olive oil mill

- COOKING CLASSES with Chef Francesca: practical classes and final tasting

- DRAWING/ WATERCOLOR LESSONS: with Chef Francesca: practical classes and final tasting

- OPERA PREPARATION COURSES and guided tour of the Opera of Florence

- NATUROPATHY WORKSHOPS: an introduction to the world of herbs and natural medicine


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If you are interested in collaborating with us we will be glad to discuss and offer you our professionalism and support. We look forward hearing from you, do not hesitate to contact us for any need or request.


A presto!


Irene e Alessandra

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