Schools, Tuscany

Bagno a Ripoli, Toscana

Discover the Italian countryside school in Florence! Specializing in welcoming international Italian Language students who are looking for an authentic full immersion experience in Italy.

We are based in the Tuscan countryside, inside an historical medieval building, in a quiet and peaceful surroundings, only 4 km far from Florence, with a breathtaking view on its historical city centre!

Our motto: learning Italian by experiencing Italy – Hands-on Language & Culture learning
Our mission: quality over quantity – tailored courses, excellence in teaching

Our Italian teachers are all native speakers. From day one, students of all abilities will speak only Italian. It is not impossible, our teachers are all trained in how to successfully communicate and teach also to students who can not speak Italian at all. This method has proven to be very effective and satisfying, by avoiding your native tongue as much as possible, you are more likely to learn Italian quickly and efficiently.

STUDENTS: THE PROTAGONISTS OF THE LESSONS Lessons are always student-centred and never passive lectures delivered to students. Being active in class and having fun while learning Italian allows for fast, tangible and long-term progress. Teachers maintain a positive, stress-free and friendly environment, helping learners of all ages and nationalities feel comfortable in the classroom and involving them at their own speed and respecting individual personalities.

LEARNING BY SPEAKING Learners are continuously encouraged to practice the oral language thus allowing them to learn Italian in the most natural way. In order to learn a language, students have to practice speaking to others as much as possible. There’s a number of way to encourage speaking in-class: group and pair works, dialogue building, individual or team games, readings aloud, discussion topics, interviews, real-life simulations, exercises, role-plays, presentations, etc. The more opportunities we give our students to speak in class, the more likely it is that they’ll be using the language as often as possible outside the classroom. To this purpose classes should be small and groups are composed by maximum 9 persons per class.

MASTER THE “REAL” LANGUAGE: THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE OF ITALIAN PEOPLE All too often learners attend a language course believing they have improved conversation skills and couldn’t actually neither understand nor be understood out of the school with native speakers. We always analyse language therefore starting from real situations, using a wide range of teaching materials, which are authentic and regularly up-to-date, to ensure that your learning experience is effective and engaging: not only extracts of book, newspapers, magazines, poetry, essays, but also soundtracks and/or videos of interviews, songs, movies and finally images such as pictures, paintings, cartoons, commercials. Everything that let us speak Italian about Italy!

School Name

L’Olivo Italiano


Bagno a Ripoli (Firenze)


Contact Email

Course Type

Italian Language and culture school, Survival Italian, Italian at work (Law, medicine, Tourism, business), Evening classes, On-line lessons

Accomodation Type

Private and shared Apartments, Homestay, Hostel, Farmhouses, Hotel B&B

Max Number of students

9 (but usually less 3/4)

Extra Activities

Walk and tours by foot, by byke, by Fiat500, by horse-wagon discovering the territory, hands-on Cooking classes, workshops on Art History, Opera, Italian Traditions and Popular Dances, Photowalking tours, Olive Oil & Wine Tasting tours, Visit to Ice Cream Laboratories and Craftsman Workshops and much more


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