Nutella afternoon at Scuola Toscana

nutella 3

As promised, under the supervision of Caterina ten of our students made the famous Nutella cake, according to Caterina’s mother recipe.


This is the right activity given that we are in winter, we need a bit more energy, and it is nice to stay indoor a little bit more than usual; and of course a great way to improve Italian, especially with regards to the conversation and comprehension skills.


As you can see, among the particpants students of all ages and nationalities: German, Swiss, Austrian, Dutch, Japanese, English, Hungarian, Polish… Nutella-fan from allover the world. We do hope they will become also Scuola Toscana-fans !

The best Cinema in town

Sometimes to study, and to be immersed in a foreign language can be wearysome, even the best student needs some rest, also from the language. Why do not go to the movies ? The most beautiful movie theatre in Florence is the Odeon, which happens to offer many movies in foreign languages (mostly english, but also in French, and then Corean and Japanese during some festivals).


As happens in Florence, even to go to the movie is an art history experience. This cinema was built specifically to screen movies in 1922 – on the place of the former “Palazzo dello Strozzino”. DSCN1478Outside, it is Neo Renaissance style – inside, it has all the decoration in Art Noveau : chandeliers, mirrors, lanterns, stuccoes, even a glass dome.

DSCN1480You find the programme of the movies here

Don’t miss this real Florentine experience !

Tour of the center of Florence

The first day of the course all the students participate (if they like, of course) in the “tour of the centre of Florence”, to be oriented, to have an idea about the most important monuments, and why Florence is so important in the history of art, and to get useful information (where is the closest bank ? where could I buy some food at good price ? which bus goes where ? etc.)

first day at Scuola Toscana

This is one of our teachers, who double also as guide, Caterina, an expert in History of Art, which leads our groups also for other activities – she is also a great teacher of Italian, so even if you have just some knowledge of the language , you do not get lost !

Scuola Toscana at NiMi Festival

the stand of scuola toscana

The NiMi Festival is over. After a tranquil friday, we had a great saturday and sunday. Was it a success ? Too early to say, usually you can tell it after a couple of months, when the dust is settled and the enrolment (hopefully) start to arrive, with the tag “yes, I got to know you at the fair in Florence…”

the lesson of japanese

the show of Kyoto Minsai school

For sure, it was a lot of fun, for us, and for the public. We made our small contribution with a test lesson of Japanese language for beginner (we discovered that no one who came was a real beginner), and a show of traditional Japanese dance, courtesy of our hosts from Kyoto Minsai School.

scuola toscana team, and tandem

Late afternoon, we organised also a tandem (conversation exchange) between Japanese students of Scuola Toscana and someone of the public who already knew some Japanese language.

Promised answers

Here the promised answers to the Italian quiz presented in Japan and to our readers some posts ago:

1.Millions of tourists come every year to Florence to see the statue of a naked guy. What’ s the statue’s name and who made it ?
* David… of Michelangelo

2.Close to Scuola Toscana there is a narrow street named “via Torta”. “Torta” means crooked, and, as a matter of fact, this street makes a very strange curve. Why ?
* Originally there was the Roman’s Anfiteatro, and the street followed the round wall. After the Anfiteatro disappeared, the street remained with this shape until our days. If you were at one of the “Segreti di Firenze” walks you would have learned it !

3.Florence is well known in the world as a capital of Renaissance art, thank to huge investments of the family Medici.
Among these names, which one does not belong to any Medici ?
Anna Maria Luisa

* Marco (More information with the Art History Courses of Scuola Toscana…)

4. One of the most importants dishes of the Florentine cuisine is the so-called “Ribollita”. Which is the main ingredient of the Ribollita ?

* bread (for more information, attend a cooking course at Scuola Toscana !)

5.Which is the most Michelin-starred restaurant in Florence ?

* Enoteca Pinchiorri, which happens to be very close to Scuola Toscana, just 5 minutes walk !

6.Which is the name of the area close to Florence which gives the name to the most famous Florentine wine ?

* Chianti (we just have been there last week on a school organised tour)

7.Fiorentina is the name of the soccer team of Florence. When did this team win the Italian Serie A League ?

* 1968

8.Florence is also one of the capital of fashion. Which one of these fashion houses was not born in Florence ?

* Valentino – by the way, if you attend the Fashion and Design Course at Scuola Toscana you will know everything about it !

Most popular

Art history and practical art courses are more and more requested; this summer and autumn one of the most popular course was the “Rinascimento” course, where together with the Italian language the students are introduced to various techniques of drawing and painting.

Scuola Toscana cooperates with a very fine atelier 5 minutes walk from the school, and one of the instructors there was so kind to send us this pictures of two Scuola Toscana students with their work.

Scuola Toscana in Barcelona

… yes, but this time without the students !

A good part of our staff and teachers decided to profit of a long weekend (friday 24th was San Giovanni, saint patron of Florence) and hopped to Barcelona, thanks to the organizative skills of Caterina, leader of history of art visits in Florence, and , evidently , also abroad.

At Scuola Toscana, our is really a good team !

Scuola Toscana to the seaside !

In spite of the odd weather (looks like we got a monsoon season in Florence…) we went to the Viareggio with our teacher Lavinia and had a sunny day !

Viareggio is a pleasant Mediterranean city one hour by train from Florence, with a nice promenade full of shops and beautiful, clean waters (note: clean does not mean transparent, sandy coast like in Viareggio means you can have cloudy waters; viceversa, sometimes transparent waters does not mean clean…)

Anyway, a good place also to take a bath, even if you are not a swimmer !

Thank you to Lavinia for the nice pics.

Big afternoon at Palazzo Vecchio

many stairs to climb in Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio, a.k.a. as Palazzo della Signoria, the hearth of Florence, where the power has been administered for over seven centuries, where the City Council with the Mayor still seats (and where some of us of the Scuola Toscana team got married, by the way).

A group of our students braved the cold, rainy afternoon under the expert guide of Caterina (and with Sara as guide-trainee and fotoreporter) to explore the museum of Palazzo Vecchio

According to the student’s feedbacks at the end of the courses, Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most rewarding activities at Scuola Toscana !

Aperitivo at Scuola Toscana

It is winter in Florence, clear but cold, and windy.
We really wished to say “thank you” to all the students who are learning Italian at Scuola Toscana, and arranged an easy aperitivo at lunchtime…
This way, the old students could meet the new ones and we could present the afternoon and weekend activities.

Chips, slices of pizza, soft drinks, prosecco and spumante. The real wine was a Soianello Castello di Soiana.
It was a simple thing, but the students seems to have appreciated it!