Scuola Toscana : the movie

When a prospective student proposed us to shoot a movie about the school – for free, we did not give too much weight to the offer: many students are too nice and offer their professional abilities to us, and then they lose themselves in the beauties of Florence…

But when some months later Mrs Dawn Dubriel, from Los Angeles, CA., showed at the secretary of Scuola Toscana with a professional tripod – and an even more professional camera, we started to think that maybe there was something… after that, we heard that some of our students and teachers were interviewed – and then, we received a project for our interview as directors: we realised that it was for real – the next thing, we were in front of the camera talking about Scuola Toscana, Florence, the students, and so on.

Now, after the film has been edited, we can guarantee that the young Mrs Dubriel is a professional filmmaker – just have a look at the movie yourself !

Scuola Toscana : the movie

The only weak spot is us, the wooden directors, Mrs Dubriel tried hard but our performance did not improve too much, but do not worry: Scuola Toscana 2 is already in the works…

walking to the school

Given the cuts to the budget of the public bus company in Florence, buses from home to school are rare, and your director walks more and more to the school.
Which is nice, especially in this season, if you can cut through the center, choosing every day a different street.

So lucky, to live in such a beautiful city …

Learning Italian at the Enoteca


For students who stay in Italy for a long time, Internship programme is surely one of the best ways to learn Italian.

With the Internship Programme at Scuola Toscana, the students attend Italian classes in the morning and spend the evenings as trainees in cafes, restaurants, shops, to practice the language and to learn the special lexicon needed at work. To talk with Italian bosses, colleagues, and especially with Italian customers is a great way to improve the knowledge of the real language – really “learning by doing”. No simulations, no roleplaying, this is the real thing.
It is interesting and satisfying, but it requires a good amount of commitment : you go to the school in the morning, have your homework to do, and in the evening you go to work, to learn other skills, always immerse in no-stop Italian. As with all the works, some days can be harder than other days…rewarding but challenging. Our student Izumi seems to be equal to the challenge: she is a very proficient student, comes to her classes every morning for the regular four hours a day course, and in the evening … goes on learning Italian, but at a different place, Enotria, an enoteca in the Porta a Prato area of Florence;

Enotria is a family business, founded 1989 as a wine bar and now a wine restaurant, which caters to office people at lunch and to wine amateurs at dinner. Scuola Toscana has a long-standing partnership with Enotria and Izumi is the third student of Scuola Toscana doing a stage there.

At Enotria Izumi perfects her skills as a wine expert, explaining Italian wines and their qualities to (enthralled) Italian customers.

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 !


Palazzo Medici Riccardi


one january afternoon with your school; four centuries of the history of art, architecture and collectionism in Florence… winter can be the best season to explore Florence, and Palazzo Medici Riccardi is the perfect place to visit on a Monday – when most of the artistic highlights are closed …

Activities at Scuola Toscana: orientamento

The first day at Scuola Toscana all the new students are invited to join the “giro di orientamento“, where an italian language instructor, who happens to be also an expert in art history, and a lover of Florence, shows you the most important monuments and where you can find them… the center of Florence is not too big, and you can always refer to the “Cupolone” (Brunelleschi’s Duomo) if you get lost !
When you participate to this activity, my advice is – try to ask as much questions as possible (in Italian, of course, prepare in advance) so that you can really enjoy the walk.
Ah, it is for free, by the way !

WEEK END WITH SCUOLA TOSCANA!!!!

 Saturday – Trip to SIENA 

Students at the Scuola Toscana have been exploring Florence, its sorroundings, its culture for more than 15 years in the company of Scuola Toscana instructors. >From the world famous Gallery of the Uffizi to the golden hills of Chianti, from a hands-on pizza workshop to a seminar in Renaissance painting, Scuola Toscana offers unique activities that benefit from the experience and passion of our teachers and guides.

Every activity is designed and accompanied by an Italian teacher who is also an expert leader – with a deep knowledge of the field: Italian history, the Italian art, the Italian cuisine, Italian wine, Italian movies